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. (now operated by owner Donald Sullivan, Southampton moved to nearby Jobs Lane around 2017).
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.