12/10/14 11:43am
A scene from Santacon on Saturday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A scene from Santacon on Saturday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Can Santa get a little service over here?

Ordering a drink at Joe’s Garage and Grill on Saturday wasn’t exactly easy for Jolly Old Saint Nick — or really my friend Jaan in a cheap red suit — as he stood at the end of the bar waving a $20 bill. That’s not a knock on the downtown eatery; it was just slammed with scores of fake-white-bearded customers clamoring for a bartender’s attention.  (more…)

11/26/14 10:53am
chocolate martini recipe four doors down mattituck

Photo by Carrie Miller | The Chocolate Martini at Four Doors Down in Mattituck.

Taking a break from family festivities to meet up with old friends while you’re in town for Thanksgiving is a recipe for one of the biggest party nights of the year. (more…)

03/17/14 5:40pm
Jeff McKay, co-owner of Vines & Hops Café in Riverhead, with the store's remaining bottle of the 2012 Vertical Epic brew, currently on sale for $200. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Jeff McKay, co-owner of Vines & Hops Café in Riverhead, with the store’s remaining bottle of the 2012 Vertical Epic brew, currently on sale for $200. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Local craft beer lovers now have an opportunity to get their hands on the final part of an epic brewing journey.

The Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, Calif., embarked on a 12-year brewing process in 2001 for a series of beers called “Vertical Epic,” one of which is now offered at Vines & Hops Café in Riverhead.

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09/17/13 1:33pm
Photo by Barbaraellen Koch

Photo by Barbaraellen Koch | Jeff and Christine McKay (with their daughters Melanie and Yvonne) will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to open Vines & Hops in Riverhead Sunday Sept. 22.

Vines & Hops Café and Tavern will have its grand opening celebration Sunday Sept 22 in downtown Riverhead. A ribbon cutting ceremony will kick off at noon with wine, beer, coffee, small plate food and desserts to be served. (more…)