Long Island's breweries make a beer for almost every drinker. These 12 will give you a taste. They're available either at breweries, farmers markets, specialty shops or restaurants; on tap, in growlers or in bottles, depending on the brew.
BORIS THE SPIDER RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT
Spider Bite Beer Co.'s high-octane, brown-black brew, with a tan head, has notes of cocoa and chocolate.
Southampton Publick House's exceptional, concentrated take on Belgian white ale, this cloudy charmer is spiked with orange peel and coriander.
Moustache Brewing Co. makes a fine porter for drinkers who may prefer a less intense, more approachable introduction to dark beer.
EXTRA SPECIAL BITTER
Long Ireland Beer Co.'s very hoppy and malty brew could pry you away from the company's dependably popular Celtic Ale.
Barrier Brewing Co.'s singular ode to Germany's gose beer has warm-weather appeal, but try it anytime. Also look for Barrier's memorable Evil Giant Rye IPA, Rembrandt Porter, Bulkhead Red and butternut-squash Saazsquatch Ale.
Port Jeff Brewing Co.'s gilded tribute to the Belgian style, fragrant, fruity, balanced and definitely potent.
Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.'s autumn-is-here ale comes across with suggestions of cinnamon, vanilla, orange and ginger.
LONG ISLAND POTATO STOUT
Blind Bat Brewery mashes its way onto the list with Yukon Golds and creates a dry Irish stout that's lively, creamy, memorable.
MAIN STREET MOCHA PORTER
BrickHouse Brewery's chocolaty, coffee-spurred winter brew includes java from Patchogue's Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Co.
MASSIVE INDIA PALE ALE
Great South Bay Brewery gets hopping with its Massive IPA, an emphatic, assured, slightly earthy American-style India pale ale, in a copper-amber hue. Also: Blood Orange Pale Ale, Marauder Scotch Ale.
Barrage Brewing Co.'s bold, pumped up, extra-hoppy double IPA also is a balanced, smooth and inviting riff on the style.
PECONIC BAY PILSNER
Crooked Ladder Brewing Co.'s refresher is a sunny, summery German-style treat. Year-round, sample easy-drinking Gypsy Red and flavorful Gateway IPA.