Office parks generally aren't known to be places to find a good drink, (unless you've got a bottle stashed in your cubicle) but there's one in Bay Shore that you need to check out. In a nondescript building just off the Southern State Parkway sits the Great South Bay Brewery: standing proof that the craft beer revolution is alive and well on Long Island. The tasting room has a weathered nautical theme with plenty of space to languish over a few pints, including an area made of airplane seats. On a recent trip Red and I couldn't help but settle in and try one of everything (take it easy, they were 2 ounce pours) and are ecstatic to learn that they just gained distribution in New York City.
Their offerings vary so check out the latest tap list here. On our visit we tried the following:
- Blonde Ambition: a solid Blonde ale that's on the lighter side with a fruity finish.
- Robert Moses Pale Ale: a lighter American style pale ale; a standard smooth drinker.
- Blood Orange Pale Ale: like drinking a beermosa; deliciously hoppy with a sweet citrus finish
- Splashing Pumpkin Ale: their Great American Beer Festival award-winning good pumpkin ale that's a lighter sipper with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg
- Sleigh Ryed: a hoppy take on the winter warmer style; rye IPA with a good spice balance
- Massive IPA: a hop-heavy IPA with a great smell, citrus notes with a long finish
- Field 5 Golden IPA - a pilsner-like IPA that comes off like a Belgian golden ale; smooth and refreshing
- Snaggletooth Stout: a malty stout with notes of cocoa nibs and coffee that warms the soul
As a parting gift, our bartender Michelle mixed us a Bloody Blonde, a highly recommended blend of half Blood Orange Pale Ale and half Blonde Ambition. The result is a well balanced cocktail with flavors of fresh citrus, hops, and sweet fruit. On our way out we grabbed a growler of Massive IPA, which will have to tide us over until we can find them in our own neighborhood. --Brown