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Best beer pubs

The days of just "going out for a beer" are long gone. These days, many Long Islanders pride themselves on a gourmet approach toward their intake of the venerable and sudsy fermented grain beverage that only a few years ago was more often sought only as "regular" and "light." Today, a number of establishments across Nassau and Suffolk counties bring in several "craft" (beer brewed for the connoisseur's palate first) selections, and while some product is imported, many pubs and tap rooms pride themselves on supporting and serving locally-produced varieties-- while others actually brew right on the premises. Here's a breakdown on where to find the ale houses that are going the extra mile. -- Compiled by Ian Stark