{inspiration} local brews for your wedding

In honor of Long Island Craft Beer Week (May 13 – May 22) and my immense love for LI microbrews, I thought it seemed fitting to discuss beer and, of course, apply it to weddings.  I have the pleasure of sharing the same town as the Blue Point Brewery in Patchogue, and visit the tap room often.  All of this got me thinking: not all specialty drinks for a wedding need to be a martini or go with the color scheme…

If you and your fiance prefer beer before liquor, having a local brew can be a great personal touch – allowing you to represent the seasons, your hometowns, or a favorite Long Island spot you’ve shared together (awww…!).  Luckily, I’ve got you covered from the North shore to South shore, Brooklyn to the Twin Forks, with seven excellent microbreweries and a list of their offerings that you’ll enjoy even after the wedding.  I’m pretty sure your husband-to-be won’t mind going along to sample beer as one of your many wedding errands!




Blue Point Brewing Co., 161 River Avenue, Patchogue

Tasting Room Hours: Thursday & Friday, 3PM – 7PM, Saturday, Noon – 7PM

Toasted Lager
Hoptical Illusion IPA
Blueberry Ale
RastafaRye Ale
Pale Ale
Spring Fling Ale
Summer Ale
Oktoberfest Lager
Pumpkin Ale
Winter Ale
Limited Release:
Double Blonde Ale
Golden Ale
Old Howling Bastard Barleywine
No Apologies Imperial IPA
Sour Cherry Imperial Stout
Toxic Sludge IPA
Double Pilsner
Extra Special Bitter Ale
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Great South Bay Brewery, 2309 Union Blvd. Bay Shore

For more information: (631) 392-8472

Great South Bay Lager
Massive IPA
Snaggletooth Stout
Blonde Ambition Ale
Robert Moses Pale Ale
Splashing Pumpkin Ale
Sleigh Ryed Ale
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Fire Island Beer Co., Ocean Beach

For more information: (631) 482-3118

Fire Island Lighthouse Ale
Fire Island Red Wagon IPA
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Southampton Publick House, 40 Bowden Square, Southampton

Tap Room Hours: Monday-Sunday, 4PM – close; Happy Hour Monday – Friday, 4PM – 7PM

Montauk Light
Golden Lager
Double White Ale
Althier Ale
India Pale Ale
Belgian Amber Ale
Southampton IPA
Keller Pils
Biere De Mars Lager
Imperial Porter
Pumpkin Ale
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Port Jeff Brewing Co., 22 Mill Creek Road, Port Jefferson

(Opening expected mid 2011!) – for more information 1-877-4PJ-BREW

Schooner Ale
Port Jeff Porter
Centennial Sunset Lager
Dead Ryes Ryes-n-Bock
Runaway Ferry Imperial IPA
Boo Brew Ale
White’s Beach Wit Ale
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Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., 234 Carpenter Street, Greenport

Tasting Room Hours: Friday-Sunday, Noon – 6PM

Harbor Ale
Havre Rouge Ale
Triton Barleywine
Disorient IPA
Black IPA
Belgian IPA
Ahtamatic IPA
Black Duck Porter
Anti-Freeze Ale
Summer Ale
Leaf Pile Ale
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Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th Street, Brooklyn

Bar Happy Hour: Friday, 6PM – 11PM; Bar & Tour Hours: Saturday, Noon – 8PM, Sunday, Noon – 6PM

Brooklyn Brown Ale
East IPA
Brooklyn Lager
Brooklyn Pennant Ale
Summer Ale
Post Road Pumpkin Ale
Brooklyn Winter Ale
Black Chocolate Stout
Monster Barleywine
Brooklyn Pilsner