Recently, for Red's birthday, we drove out to the village of Greenport on Long Island's North Fork; here was a magical place filled with whales, delicious seafood, and, more importantly, great beer.
Built in an old firehouse next to the Greenport Jail and Police Museum, the brewery features a tasting room on the second floor above the brewing equipment. An eclectic mix of seats ranging from benches, to kegs, to barrels are arranged next to a makeshift merchandise display that serves to show wares and pretend to obscure the supply storage area. While it may sound a little thrown together (because it is), it couldn't be better. For the purchase of an $8 pint glass that becomes your serving glass and souvenir, you get a generous pour of each style. At the time of our visit they only had 4 beers that weren't kicked, but what they lacked in variety they made up for in flavor.
A classic pale ale that's a smooth drinker. Not overly hoppy, this is slightly dry, lightly citrusy, and approachable. It's the perfect beer for steaks on the grill.
Black Duck Porter
GHBC's black ale smells like cocoa nibs and coffee, with a slightly barnyard-ish earthy undertone. It's a good smell, trust us. The beer has a malty taste with dark chocolate, notes of espresso, and burnt caramel that all play nicely with each other.
This seasonal is brewed with orange blossom honey, which adds a whisper of citrus. Light like a golden Belgian, it brings to mind images of long breezy afternoons laying just slightly buzzed in a hammock. It's sweet but not overly, and finishes with a slight sour note that almost approaches gueuze properties. Note: we were so excited to drink it, the beer escaped us before we could snap a photo.
This beer is brewed specially for April Bloomfield's Salvation Taco. Normally we're not overly impressed with "brewed for" beers, but this one surpassed our expectations. A chili-infused IPA, the brew uses guajillo & Thai chiles for flavor with just enough heat that hits on the back of your tongue just to let you know it's there. Perfectly balanced and delicious, it's quenching in the way a michelada is. You couldn't sit and drink too many, but it's easy to see how they would complement some guacamole and a couple tacos.
Greenport Harbor Brewery 234 Carpenter Street, Greenport, NY 11944.