It’s not only wine country that is flourishing on the North Fork in 2021: With about a dozen breweries in the area, three of which opened their tasting rooms within the last year, people can come out to the North Fork to brewery hop just as much as they tour the wineries.
This guide gives you everything you need for a day sampling local beer and cider, including locations, food offerings, reservation policies and what kind of scene you can expect at each tasting room.
Remember to bring (or hire) a designated driver, and have a great time!
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company’s two tasting rooms along the North Fork offer two distinct vibes. Their massive tasting room in Peconic boasts outdoor and indoor events with a warehouse feel, a full menu and plenty of space for dogs and kids. Their original tasting room in Greenport, just a block over from the heart of the village, is more intimate, located in the renovated 1860’s firehouse with a well-curated art gallery upstairs. Reservations are required for large groups.
42155 Main Rd., Peconic, 234 Carpenter St., Greenport, 631-477-1100, greenportharborbrewing.com
Tucked just off of Main Rd. in Mattituck, this tasting room is small but mighty. Offering flights and several different beers on tap, the space is cozy and warm. In one room, they often have rotating art from local artists on display.
13100 Main Rd., Mattituck, 631-905-1535, facebook.com/easternfrontbrewing
This brewery has some of the best indoor to outdoor space. A massive barn with a huge bar gives covered indoor space while outside, a tent covering picnic tables and scattered other tables lay around the lawn. Most are first come, first serve, but multiple ‘hop rooms’ can be rented out. Guests are also encouraged to bring their own chairs to sit outside. Alongside the snacks available from the brewery, the Catered Fork Food Truck is on site on the weekends.
5873 Sound Ave., Riverhead, 844-532-2337, jfbrewery.com
With a casual indoor space and bar and a backyard beer garden complete with picnic tables and bright umbrellas, this tasting room has all you need to enjoy their beer on tap. It’s a lively scene with events like comedy nights, trivia contests and outdoor movie screenings.
817 Pulaski St. Riverhead, 631-403-4303, longirelandbeer.com
In the renovated firehouse that shares a building with Montauk Distillery, the North Fork Brewing Company tasting room is bright, colorful and cozy. With weekly trivia nights, live music and frequent visits from a food truck, this brewery is a popular spot. They take reservations through their website and limit time to 75 minutes so everyone can enjoy.
24 East 2nd St. Riverhead, 631-591-1191, northforkbrewingco.com
One of the newest of all the breweries in town, this tasting room is massive — 6,500 square feet to be exact. Concrete floors, high ceilings and windows and industrial style decor make the warehouse space feel open and breezy. Outside, comfy seating areas overlook the riverfront with heat lamps to keep you warm in the colder months. A full menu with rotating options is available along with a rotating selection of beers on tap.
221 E Main St, Riverhead, 631-740-9797, peconiccountybrewing.com/
Sure, this may be a ciderhouse, but they also serve plenty of local beers. Always on tap are about a dozen of their own ciders ranging from apple to raspberry to dry-hopped. Seating is plentiful with high tops available inside and more comfortable seating available on their patio. The cafe in the corner offers flatbreads, heroes, salads and other snacks. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more.
2711 Sound Ave, Calverton, 631-591-0217, riverheadcider.com
At befits Shelter Island, this a casual scene: Inside, a few cozy scattered tables sit in front of the bar where you can order from a selection of rotating beers. Outside, some picnic tables with umbrellas allow you to enjoy the sunshine while sipping your cold one. They have a small menu of snacks available, and also allow you to bring outside food (we recommend Maria’s Kitchen, right next door).
55 N Ferry Rd, Shelter Island, 631-749-5977, shelterislandcraftbrewery.com
Located right in the heart of Riverhead, this tasting room may be small, but the inside is cozy and the outside has views of downtown. Around eight beers are always on tap in this industrial space.
70 W Main St, Riverhead, 631-591-3466, tradewindsbrewing.com/
With a warehouse style interior, sleek bar with several of their own beers on tap and picnic tables outside for the warmer days, Twin Fork Beer Company tasting room is a bit of a hidden gem. Located a bit off the beaten path, this one isn’t to be overlooked with their live music and weekly trivia.
807 Raynor Ave, Riverhead, 631-209-4233, twinforkbeer.com/
Recently taking over the old Moustache Brewing Company space, übergeek has gone from a nomadic brewery to one with a tasting room in Riverhead. With ten of their own beers on tap and a large selection of featured breweries, this brewery has hit the ground running. A full food menu is in the works and reservations are available.
400 Hallett Ave, Riverhead, ubergeekbrewing.com
Although they have two locations, only the Aquebogue tasting room is open year-round. They keep things simple with two main ciders — sweet or dry — and then a rotating list of seasonal favorites. Order at the bar inside and then find a seat outside under one of the tents. And don’t forget to get some of their addicting cider donuts.
729 Main Rd, Aquebogue, 631-722-5770, woodsideorchards.com/