great-south-bay-brewery 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.

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Their offerings vary so check out the latest tap list here. On our visit we tried the following:

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  • 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

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