LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK
SOUTHAMPTON PUBLICK HOUSE, a large hedgerow-bordered homestead known as one of America’s greatest brewpub-microbreweries thanks to brewmaster Phil Markowski, attracts youthful locals and beer-geek tourists alike. Visited February ’07, its quaint décor, comfy atmosphere, and wood floors-tables perfectly compliment Southampton’s historic beach community an hour East of Patchogue.
Entering through patio deck, crowded left bar (with glass-encased brew tanks) had TV’s at all angles while the right side dining area had cozy fireplace and more brew tanks. Parched cereal-grained maize-dried wheat-husked grassy-hopped Montauk Light suited lighter thirsts while Saison-styled Cuvee Des Fleurs and Espresso Stout (both reviewed in Beer Index with all other Southampton brews) befit heartier cravings. Lamentably, first-rate Abbot 12, Biere De Garde, and Saison Deluxe were out.