Canterbury Ales is a welcoming spot for a brew year-round. But it's even more in the fall. The current brews on tap merit a visit. Besides, the other night, bratwurst was a special.
From the draft list, you can go local with the sweetly malty Southampton Pumpkin Ale, a mellow choice; or take a hoppy turn with the Greenpoint Disorient IPA, which has a hint of citrus. Also recommended: Lake Placid Ubu Ale, an upstate spin on an English strong ale, with a reddish hue that points you to the meat on the menu. And Sierra Nevada Tumbler, a fine brown ale, deserves your attention, too. All four would make a gutsy flight of brews. But Canterbury has plenty of others for balance.
That special bratwurst platter was husky enough, with beer-braised red cabbage and potato salad. Even sturdier was the German-accent pulled-pork casserole, with scalloped potatoes. The staples at Canterbury Ales include a Scotch egg, a hard-boiled egg wrapped with sausage, breaded, deep-fried and served at room temperature; and both beef stew and shepherd's pie made with lamb. With any of these, order the baked pretzels, which show up with honey mustard.
You'll be ready for winter.
Canterbury Ales, 314 New York Ave., Huntington; 631-549-4404.
Pretzels and brews at Canterbury Ales.