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Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. is hosting a beer release party this weekend. (Credit: David Benthal)

You never know what’ll be on the beer menu at Greenport Harbor Brewery & Restaurant in Peconic. Head brewer Pat Alfred is constantly unveiling new creations, from a seasonal “The Hot Sauce” IPA made with thai bird chiles and lime juice in honor of the brewery’s annual chili cook off earlier this month to tropical cocktail-inspired brews in the warmer months.

After more than a decade in business, it’s clear that there are some classics that reign supreme. You likely know and love them — but we asked Alfred why these five hold down the menu all year long. 

A flight of the most popular beers on tap in the Peconic tasting room. (Credit: Tara Smith)
Haus Pils

Style: Pilsner
Crisp, approachable and food-friendly with herbal, floral aromas and notes of fresh cut grass. And, Alfred’s favorite of these to drink. “All of these beers are my babies,” he said. “But at the end of a long day, I’m drinking the pils.” 

Facing East

Style: New England IPA
“This one checks all the boxes,” Alfred said of this hazy IPA that’s one of the first recipes he remembers brewing when he was hired in 2016. Juicy notes of mango and tropical fruit and a hint of bitterness.

Harbor Ale

Style: American pale ale
Light, smooth and satisfying. “This is our flagship beer to some degree,” Alfred said. 

Otherside IPA

Style: West coast 
A nod to the “aggressively-hopped” style that originated out west. More up-front bitterness, notes of resin and pine and a burst of citrus.

Black Duck Porter

Style: Black ale
With malty, roasty notes of cocoa and coffee, Alfred said it’s the “best smelling” beer to brew. “During the colder months, people tend to gravitate to darker beers,” he said, but this has become a year-round mainstay.

Bonus pick:
Facing Infinity

Style: Double IPA
Alfred was psyched about this recent collaboration with their friends at Sand City Brewery in Northport. Unique, fresh and aromatic with toasty oat notes. Grab it while you can!