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Drink & Draw: paint plus pints

The Cortland in Bay Shore. (Dec. 22, 2013)

The Cortland in Bay Shore. (Dec. 22, 2013) Credit: Ian J. Stark

It's not hard to imagine that the mind of an artist could be invigorated by views of Greenport Harbor. Peaceful yet heavily traveled by boats and ships, its entirety -- from the Greenport village docks to the horizon -- could serve as a solid subject for painters seeking inspiration.

Then again, if you feel it would only take two pints of Greenport Harbor to bring your brush to life, a trip to Bay Shore may do the trick.

Creative badinage aside, the name “Greenport Harbor” can apply to the aforementioned North Fork waterway -- or it can refer to beverages created by the Greenport Harbor Brewing Company (GHBC), a small enterprise located in Greenport that makes craft beer. And furthermore, although its brew is born far east of Riverhead, there are plenty of LI venues that feature suds concocted by the GHBC; one being The Cortland.

Located in Bay Shore, The Cortland is not only one of Long Island’s most craft beer-focused pubs, but also considered by some to be the Island’s coolest tavern currently working -- and on Jan. 19, it will be giving two pints of Greenport Harbor to each customer that takes part in a particular promotion known as “Drink & Draw.”

Starting at 6 p.m., partakers are supplied with the promised pints, in addition to some paint and a brush. Once underway, guests can create while simultaneously enjoying their beer -- and no worries for those who feel their skills are lacking, as there will be a local artisan in-house to offer guidance.

Admission is $25, which includes the two brews, brush and paint plus a blank canvas; for more information check out The Cortland online at and

The Cortland: 27 W. Main St., Bay Shore, 631-206-2220

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