The brewmaster and chefs at Southampton Publick House pour pints of award-winning hand-crafted microbrews and furnish their varied menu with classic pub grub. Inaugurate your meal without swearing upon a slab of beef by sipping an appetizing cup of new england clam chowder or potato ale soup with bacon and cheddar ($5 each). Heartier appetites can beckon for the brewer's burger and french fries ($9; add cheese, sautéed onions, bacon, or mushrooms for $0.75 each) or the crispy, lager-dipped fish 'n' chips ($14 lunch, $18 for a dinner portion). A side of sweet potato fries ($6) makes for a dashing entourage for a 12-ounce new york sirloin ($25) or a nearby Idahoan congressman.
Soft candlelight illuminates the pistachio-green walls and minimalist decor of The Grill Room, a Zagat-rated, Manhattan-style restaurant that draws on pancontinental influences to craft its menu of New American fusion fare. While guests mingle over plates of chili-rubbed pork tenderloin and hearty Black Angus new york strip steaks, bartenders fill martini glasses with violet, green, and marbled cocktails and shake classic gin martinis to crystal-clear perfection. In the kitchen, Executive Chef Miguel Berrios oversees the creation of delicacies such as tuna tartar, Prince Edward Island mussels, and hibachi ribs. While the weekend crowd awaits tastings of his latest masterpiece, jazz musicians set up on the stage and prepare to regale their audience with saxophone solos, walking basslines, and crooning recitations of the bar’s daily specials.
Pour the Core: A Hard Cider Festival celebrates the revival of hard ciders and perries brewed from apples and pears. For the festival, the tree covered-landscape just outside of Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue fill with more than 30 local and international ciders including Peconic Bay Winery’s True Believer, Angry Orchard, and Magners from Ireland. Seminars teach patrons about all the ways to use versatile cider, from stirring into cocktails to mixing up in cupcakes and pork shoulder. A How to Make Hard Cider seminar demonstrates how to brew hard cider from nonalcoholic cider at home, covering the entire process from picking the right apples to forcing carbonation back into the opened bottles.
A centralized kingdom of beer, Shoreline Beverage stocks hundreds of bottled brews from international and domestic brewers including the West Coast's 21st Amendment, the classic downtown McSorley's, and the Scottish Innis & Gunn. Sip on styles ranging from double IPA to chocolate bock to the ever-popular foamy. Additionally, an ever-changing assortment of sudsy libations pour daily from Shoreline Beverage's tap and into customers' empty growlers or eagerly cupped hands. Beer enthusiasts wax sentimental over sips of Chelsea Sunset Red ($14.99) or hoard freshly-poured pints of Blue Point Golden Ale ($9.99), while teetotalers find joy in the glistening, bubbly jewels of Shoreline's soda and soft-drink selection.