Southampton Publick House
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Reviews by slander:
4.65/5 rDev +8.6%
Recently, I have come to realize that each of the 3 districts my company has on (dirty) Long Island are within 15 minutes travel of one of the 3 Long Island brewpubs. Coincidence? Nah, I don't think so, divine design perhaps. We have a site in Quogue that I seldom get out to but I finally did, and that means an excursion to Southampton. Sure, the Sunrise Highway shrinks to a mere 1 lane in each direction goat trail and it's jammed with "en route to Montaukers" but I had to head out East to Southampton, had to go, just had to...
Rolled in mid afternoon, main dining room to the right and bar to the left. Seating for upwards of a dozen along the "J" shaped bar, with a brass rail and tile floor trim, a row of fermenters visible through glass in a room behind the bar. Tiered booze runs the length of the bar back, a rack in the center with some glassware, scotchs & Southampton bottles above, blackboards to both sides of center, one with the tap selections and the other with tap room specials, and a glassware rack hanging from the ceiling. 4 raised bar tables in the middle of the floor in front of the fireplace and a large blackboard listing the standards and the seasonals with brief descriptions. There's an attached room with a dozen tables, many sharing a common red pattern bench, pale green walls with wood trim, big slate floors, slat shaded windows, beer trays, and framed prints, various GABF & World Beer Cup awards, and enlarged label displays. TV's in all the corners of both rooms.
In the dining room, a dozen and a half tables, mostly 2 and 4 seaters but some larger round ones in the corners. Exterior brick walls, lime green interiors, posts and beams, shaded windows with wood shutters and the room done with a GABF framed print, vintage Miller & PBR framed ads and old beer trays. A mash tun, grist mill and fermenters in a paneled glass wall corner room with access to below, and to the rear, McSully's Tavern; a back party room with it's own small bar and a nice brewerania collection.
Meanwhile, back at the bar, a single tower with a dozen taps, some of them dupes, some unused. They were pouring 4 of their year round beers, 4 seasonals and a cask. I did the beer sampler of course. The Publick House Porter was outstanding, all caramel and chocolatey and the Bavarian Wheat, unfiltered and fruity was marvelous as well. The Southampton Pale Ale was also very nicely hopped and the Secret Ale, a German brown Alt was smooth and malty. All the beers there were pretty damn great.
They also had a few of their beer in bottles. The Southampton Double White Ale is undoubtably my favorite. It's a Belgian white that packs a whallop. Is beautiful, yes. They've also got the Old Herb Barleywine and the Saison. The beer, it's all good here.
Food? Yeah, they've got food. The good seafood choices you'd expect to find out on the east end and more. I had wings and a burger, but mostly for lunch I'm likely to do the chili and french dip (edit: some evil man who's name I shan't mention here removed the french dip from the menu, so you have to get the grilled sirloin sandwich instead. Comparable, but no dippy stuff), or dinnerwise, the ribs are wonderful, as are the pasta dishes. This last time around we did the Mesquite chicken quesidella rolls and Wasabi seared tuna apps, both were excellent. Actually, I've never had a bad meal here. Always ask for the sweet potato fries. Sat at the bar and chewed the fat with the bartenders, generally you get Alex or Brady. Pretty damn (way out) East but well worth the trip. Good folks, great food and drink.
08-08-2003 01:32:51 | More by slander
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4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
I'm lucky that Publick House is located so close to my family home because these are the beers that helped get me into the craft beer scene.
I've been drinking their beers for the better part of a decade now and I swear that I've never had a beer from them that I disliked. Even after they got a new brewmaster I still enjoy all their beers.
They have a very nice location in between the train station and the town proper. They decor of the brewpub is very nice with ample space at the bar and extra indoor and outdoor seating as well. I often enjoy sitting in the dining area because I enjoy looking at the brewing equipment.
There service is decent, the servers usually don't know a lot about beer but they are always keen to tell me when I'm ordering one of their 750ml bottles.
My only real beef with the place is the food itself. Their burgers and fries are lousy in my opinion, Ive had wings served to me there that were clearly left in the frier for too long and my favorite dish, the Po' boys, is often drowned in their sauce.
But on the bright side everything at Publick House is reasonably priced.
Even with the food being what it is I love this place.
08-19-2014 21:26:28 | More by KornWallace
Southampton Publick House in Southampton, NY
95 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.