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Southampton Publick House

Southampton Publick HouseSouthampton Publick House

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 36
Beer Ratings: 5,772
Beer Avg: 3.94

Taps: 8 / Bottles: 6
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
95
world-class

63 Ratings
Ratings: 63
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.41%
$$$ - a bit pricey


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

40 Bowden Square
Southampton, New York, 11968
United States
phone: (631) 283-2800

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @sph40

Notes:
Draft and limited release beers are brewed at the Publick House. Distributed bottles are brewed elsewhere.

Beers are brewed at / by another brewery.

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SkunkWorks

New York

5/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$

I took my girlfriend here when we went on a little weekend trip out east together.

First, with the atmosphere. We sat outside for our meal and it was really nice. It was a really nice day and we had a nice view. It was also very quiet. After our meal we sat in the taproom and had a few beers there and again, very nice atmosphere. Neither was particularly crowded.

The food was really good. I had the NY steak, which was covered in amazing onion rings and served with sweet potato fries and some salad. My girlfriend had a turkey and goat cheese wrap. We were both really happy with our choices. The beer is also quite good. We ordered the sampler, which was good and gave us a shot at everything they had on tap. We both chose for the rest the North Fork Fresh Hop and were both satisfied with it.

The waitress we had was very nice and was one of the nicest waitresses I've had in recent memory.

The selection is also good but remember its just their stuff. They had a good selection of beers on tap and also had bottles available.

I also filled out the satisfaction card at the end of our meal and so they just sent me a 15% off all of our entrees coupon, which is groovy. I'll definitely be going back and am really looking forward to the return trip.

09-07-2010 20:27:58 | More by SkunkWorks
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Loki

North Carolina

4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

There is a reason this place is #1, it deserves to be.

Atmosphere: Wonderful. From the hedge and ivy covered entryway and archway, to the landscaping, to the patio, to the pub section, to the dinning area, to the view of the stainless steel tanks, to the TVs this place radiates a laid back, beer atmosphere. Everyone there had a smile on their face and was more than happy to talk to you about anything. TV's all over the pub from 27" to nice big, flat screen plasmas or LCDs. Lots of locals. Friendly bartenders and staff. It was almost enough to get me to move to Southampton, but then I would have to drive across Long Island to get anywhere.

Quality: Top notch. Their beers are excellent. And if you can't find something you like on draft (well then you don't like beer), they have cellared bottles for purchase to go, or for their. I had three of their beers and took home five cellared bottles. Every beer was better than average or great.

Service: Friendly, fast, and willing to talk, when they're not busy. The pub business began to pickup as the night progressed, but seemed like a quiet Monday night. Brady was the bartender that night and took care of me after I had dinner, three pints, then asked what bottles they had in the cellar. I left with five bottles; Bier De Mars, two Saisons, Grand Cru, and Imperial Baltik Porter for more than a fair price. Oh and he through in a pint glass, which will be my new standard.

Selection: Varies, as does any good brewpub. They have 5? year round brews, including the exceptional and unique Secret Ale plus the seasonals and the current cellar bottles. The seasonals where the Bavarian Wheat, Burton Ale, and Publick House Porter. The Burton ale seemed like a combo of traditional English Cask Ale and Nitro beer and the Porter was simply wonderful.

Food: All I can speak to was the burger and fries, which were both great. And the fact that they cook the burger to order was even better. See in NC you have two choices burnted and charred, due to health reasons. However, the guy next to me said the wings were great, and they looked it. Everyone there seemed to enjoy the food.

Overall: One of the best places I've been to for beer, and the best brewpub I've ever been too. I did get some bad news. Nothing on cask, and likely nothing on cask again. Seems it doesn't move fast enough, then they either serve stale beer or have to throw alot out, and well that's just not right.

If you are close and are wonder, like I was, "Is it worth the trip?" I would say, that if you were in say 3000 miles give or take a 1000, it's worth it. I waited until 7:00PM to leave Westbury (about 1/3 - 1/2 across Long Island) and I had no problems with traffic, or finding the place at all. But I took the South State Parkway not 495!

06-29-2004 15:47:37 | More by Loki
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ChrisDotson

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Jason’s (Knightly Spirits) assertion of Southampton as the best brewery in the world raised my expectations quite a bit going into the publick house. Despite my preconceived notions, my expectations were exceeded by 20 times. The ambience & Food were great & most importantly every beer I had was a perfect 5. As far as Beer, I started with what seemed like a frustrating selection as they were out of the cuvee du fleur & Russian imperial stout which is what I really wanted to try the most. Brady recommended the maibock & the Bavarian Weiss, & ended up sharing his personal stash of grand cru with us. We talked brewing with Spence for a while who was a really cool guy & obviously an amazing brewer himself (Sidenote - also very humble as I was later told that the double white we were so impressed with was Spence’s design & not Phil’s but he never said so) & shared quite a few beers with us out of his personal cellar. The greatest of these was 2003 Trappist pale ale & the double white. Most special to us, we were able to share several of our own beers with him. If you love beer especially if you brew, & want to meet other beer geeks this is the place to be!! Spence showed us the entire brewery & we just had a good time. We ended up paying for almost nothing. Needless to say, we walked out of there with several cases of amazing beer & a magical night of unbelievable craft beer.

07-31-2007 20:49:43 | More by ChrisDotson
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

Joined some fellow BAs here yesterday for an afternoon of Bier and banter....
Place is a fashionable building set amongst some big, shady trees and nice landscaping way out on Long Island. There's an outdoor patio right at the front entrance for dining/quaffing when the weather permits. Inside to the left is a long bar with a dozen seats, as well as some tables in the lounge area. More to the left near the front is a large glassed-in area with added dining space. Additional seating is to the right and rear as you enter, and this is where you can see to a lower level housing the brewing equipment. Yet another dining room is to the far rear right (with another bar, I think). A large blackboard to the left of the main bar highlights the year-round biers (Helles Lager, Alt, Pale Ale....plus...), as well as current seasonals (Scottish, Porter....), casks (Porter), and "cellar" biers. These are bottled versions of Phil Markowskis bier available to purchase and consume on-site. Nice stuff...like Grand Cru!! Our bartender (who we deemed "Cliff") as well as our waittresses and the owner himself were all outstanding, going above and beyond the call to serve the small BA posse gathered here. My Pulled Pork Sammich was top-shelf, and the rest of the gang expressed good words on their meals. Biers we enjoyed we're A-1!! Helles, Scottish Ale, Saison and Grand Cru, among others, were supremely tasty and well-made. A bit of a trek for some, but well worth it! And, we bumped into golfer Phil Mickelson, dining near our group.

Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.78
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

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06-06-2004 16:15:16 | More by Bierman9
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lehows

New York

4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Ah...the gool ol' Publick House. Whats more to say? If you havn't been here yet, go now. My Dad remembers this place as Herb McCarthy's, and now it's home to Southampton Publick House. The pub room and bar are to your left, dining room to your right when you walk in. There's also a 2nd bar in back of the dining area that opens when its very busy or for private parties. Another small outdoor bar on the porch opens often in summer. As many of you already know, the beers here are spectacular. My favorites are the French Country Christmas Ale (AKA Biere De Garde), Espresso Stout, and the Saison. You'll find great variety here as seasonals change frequently (usually 2 to 4 per month). Also, the hoity-toity types you find at places like 75 Main rarely venture here. Of course, it is busier in summer but as far the clientele goes, the crowd is pretty much the same during summer and winter, which is great. Food is certainly way above your typical brewpub fare (Tuesday nights are 2 for 1 entrees), the ribs here are amazing and a local favorite. Worth a trip from anywhere.

02-09-2007 21:02:08 | More by lehows
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PopeJonPaul

Oregon

4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

It's not every day that I get out to Southampton, but I rarely miss a chance to hop in Slander's Jeep to make the 90 minute trip to this fine establishment.

I love almost everything Southampton brews, and there's nothing like it fresh from the tap. They've always got a great selection of regulars and seasonals on about 8 taps and a cask, not to mention the chance to pick up a growler (or two. or three) of all the stuff you just can't grab off the shelf at your local beer distributor. The food is some of the best hearty bar food you're going to find anywhere, the service is top-notch, and the place has a quiet, old-school "British polo club" charm that makes it the perfect place to kick back on a rainy afternoon. While the rest of Southampton (the town) may be an over-valued enclave of the uppitty upper-class (for Christ's sake, the town has a posted clothing ordinance), their namesake brewpub is the real deal.

05-12-2006 14:04:15 | More by PopeJonPaul
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Well i finally made the trek to this great pub! The drive from CT was actually not too bad and I am pretty sure I will visit again. The directions on the pub website are easy enough to follow and it is mostly a highway drive on the way there.
The publick house is a quiet unassuming looking building and appears to be a typical restaurant from the outside. Upon entering you can go straight to the pub room where there is an average sized bar and several tables and stools around the room. There were 8 beers on tap and also 3 in bottles only, no guest brews that I could see. To the right is the dining area, with multiple booths and tables. The feel here is a little family restaurant except for the fermenting vessels behind one set of windows. We had some tasty lunches, I enjoyed a pulled pork sandwich with sweet potato fries that was excellent. Also had a pint of the secret ale.
After lunch we moved to the bar where we met Don Sullivan who I think is one of the founders, he was very friendly and chatted with us about the beer and establishment for a while. ALso gave us some free pint glasses and such. So now we started to drink some brews. Imperial Baltic porter on cask, a dortmunder export lager and also Sully's red ale. Filled a growler with Doppelbock and then bought a ton of bottles to bring back. Great variety of brews, and Brenden the bartender was very friendly and helpful. This place is kinda far away but I had a great experience and will return.

04-04-2004 19:37:53 | More by sulldaddy
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joefuzz

New York

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$

Ah the Southampton publick house, what a great place. The tap room has a huge bar area plus a load of tables to accommodate the masses of people who flock here. with good reason though this place serves some of the best beer brewed on long island, the staff knows their beers inside and out and can always help you make the best selection for your tastes. they also offer a sample plate of a few smaller servings of beer to help you decide. The food here is also top notch everything from pub favorites to stakes and brunch. They do live music on the weekends and have plenty of specials during the week. Also the events are some of the nicest well organized partys i have ever had the pleasure of going too in the beer world, At this past years IRS release everyone who walked in the door got a free oversized southampton snifter and brewery stickers. It just shows how these people go out of their way to please the people who care about the beer they make. and finally the thing that really makes this place for me are the growlers and bottles to go, i love how they just release one offs and let you buy the bottles there, no big event no lines no buzz if you want something and they have it you can buy it no hassle. Overall one of my favorite places to stop into on long island, if you have never been i highly suggest making the drive out there.

06-25-2011 21:38:17 | More by joefuzz
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slander

New York

4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$

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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Litterbean

New York

4.58/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Well I gotta say, this was a most pleasant excursion to one of the most highly regarded brewpubs in the country, if not the world. The atmosphere was great. Nice wooden interior, with some nice HDTVs advertising and informing patrons about their beers. A lot of tables and places to sit or stand. Brew kettles, mash tuns, and fermenters are everywhere, lingering in the background behind glass.

Service was exceptional. The young lady bartending was helpful and polite, akways ready to refill a pint or provide a sample. I had the opportunity to talk to Spencer, one of the brewers, and he was more than happy to talk with me and my dad about upcoming beers, the state of craft brewing, and beer education and respect. Awesome.

How bad can the beer selection be when they brew it all on-premises? They had the regulars (Secret Ale, Pale Ale, Montauk Light), plus a good amount of seasonals (Irish Ale, Baltic Porter, Bohemian Pilsner), and a selection of bottles. A good cross-section of beers was presented, and boy did I have a hard time choosing one to fill a growler with. I just lined up samples and made a hard, yet wonderful, decision (it was the Bohemian Pilsner).

The food seemed top notch. The wings were damn tasty, and the Jack Daniel's pork chop I had was juicy and tasty. Veggies were good, and the sweet potato fries were friggin' great. My dad enjoyed his burger as well.

Can't speak for the price, as my dad paid and I was taking a leak when he got the bill, so who knows. I assume the pints are in the $4 range, which is just fine. Free samples are abundant if you "can't decide."

There's nothing else to say except that however long it might take you to get there, please do so. It's a great experience, and everyone is so damn friendly. Oh yeah, and the beer is AMAZING. So go, and be merry.

03-12-2006 03:32:06 | More by Litterbean
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