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Tap into your local neighborhood breweries this season

Lithology Brewing Company (Photo source: Facebook)

While many believe that Long Island summers are the season for an ice cold beer, others will have you know that the best beers come out of hiding for autumn. From pale ales to Pilsners and porters to pumpkin, there’s nothing like a day well spent at a brewery during fall.

Luckily, Long Island is home to some of the most well-regarded brewing companies, with their products sold locally, statewide and even nationally. Plan a trip to any of these nearby spots to get a taste of the island’s best brews.

Barnshed Brewing

100 Lauman Lane, Hicksville • 516-376-6514 •

A Hicksville-based brewery that stays true to its name, Barnshed Brewing has been designated as a New York State farm brewery. Barnshed sources many of its ingredients from nearby farms, aiding the local economy and agriculture. The relatively new establishment is owned and operated by Bryan and Kristine Murphy, who launched the business with a little help from a Kickstarter campaign. Craft beers of all types are always available, with new beers featured frequently on tap. Popular brews currently available include Propaganda Porter with hints of vanilla bean and bourbon and a Barnshed Cider.

Lithology Brewing Co.

211-A Main St., Farmingdale • 516-962-0585 •

This brewery certainly makes up for its spatial limitations with big flavors. Craft beer is produced three barrels at a time, which makes for an ever-changing lineup of brews in rotation. Lithology, a term meaning “the study of rocks and sediment,” was chosen for the name of the establishment as a tribute to Earth’s most efficient water filtration system: its rocks. Since water is the basis of life, and of beer, the name seemed a logical fit. Beers on tap range from ales and stouts to Belgians, all available in the tasting room.

Oyster Bay Brewing Co.

36 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay • 516-802-554 •

Also known as Long Island’s Gold Coast Brewery, Oyster Bay Brewing Company has been serving up its sudsy pints since 2012. The business aims to serve the highest quality of beer while staying true to its nautical North Shore roots. Ingredients are sourced locally and from around the world to produce fan favorites like the Honey Ale (made with real honey from Bee Haven in Locust Valley), Classic American Lager, the Barn Rocker, Pilsner and Dumpster Fire IPA. Besides the brewery itself, several supermarkets, beverage distributors and local businesses sell Oyster Bay Brewing Company products.

Barrage Brewing Co.

32 Allen Blvd., Farmingdale • 516-986-8066 •

A small hideaway in Farming-dale, Barrage Brewing Co. joined the beer scene in 2014. Current beers on tap include the Imperial Stout Who’s a Good Boy and a brown ale called Yada Yada Yada.

Barrier Brewing Co.

3001 New St. A2, Oceanside • 516-316-4429 •

This craft brewery began producing more than 50 locally distributed beers back in 2010. With a taproom pouring house on premises, check out brews like a Half and Half Stout, Rembrandt Porter and Pale Ale.

Garvies Point Craft Brewery

1 Garvies Point Rd., Glen Cove • 516-815-1999 •

Garvies Point Brewery is a small batch, hand crafted, microbrewery specializing in brewing contemporary American craft Beer.

Great South Bay Brewery

25 Drexel Dr., Bay Shore • 631-392-8472 •

A spare warehouse spot offering pints and flights of the brewery’s craft beers, including seasonal ales.

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Jennifer Fauci is the managing editor of Long Island Weekly, Anton Media Group's award-winning special sections and Anton’s local magazines. Her passion for literature, travel and the arts lend to the unique content in her publications. In her time at Anton, she has received first place in the Folio Awards, second place for the NYPA awards and is the recipient of six PCLI awards.

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