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Tap & Barrel

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Taps: 52 / Bottles: 75
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
96
world-class

13 Ratings
Ratings: 13
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 7.27%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar ]

550 Smithtown Byp
Smithtown, New York, 11787-5006
United States
phone: (631) 780-5474

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @tap_and_barrel

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(Place added by: sbeaner on 04-05-2011)
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Reviews by JasonA:
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JasonA

Massachusetts

4.74/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Welcome to Smithtown, NY

Was in the area for a wedding where my wife was in the bridal party. Ceremony with mass starting at 2:30pm, with the reception starting at 6:30pm. Whats a guy to do?

Beerfly is what!

Reading the reviews I was quite excited to see it was less than 10 minutes to the Hyatt I was staying at, where the reception was. I arrived with a couple other bridal husbands and we arrived to a relatively empty beer haven, what bliss.

Enters Chris. Chris the bar steward is a beer loving hippie of the best kind. Chris's best quality is his humbleness. While he knew quite a lot about the beer selection as well as local offerings, I had even more. Chris offered to look it up as well as asking the owner. He was incredibly accommodating.

Chris offered all 3 of us tastings of every beer they had. I started feeling bad after about 6, but I went with the Petrus Oud Bruin as I had never had a Flanders Brown before. I was not disappointed. Chris continued to make suggestions for the entire party, trying to match tastes to styles. We couldnt have asked for more of a gracious beer host.

So the place. Its new and well decorated. They havnt even had their Grand Opening yet so I felt almost special being able to spend time there before it really opening. The 52 tap copper beer distribution set-up was amazing. Im confident that its unique, and no one like it exists anywhere. I found myself staring at it quite frequently, just curious about what each elbow or joint. Also note that the Stripper Pole (which I have a picture of myself on) was a fascinating addition. Im hopeful it will get lots of use in the future.

The beers. Where do I begin. Probably the best selection I have ever seen. While ive seen the same variety before, what I have seen is the quantity with the local intermingling. Lots of solid country specific offerings with local craft, not just micro, selections. I will say I didnt see any cask or Barley Wines, so just a minor deduction.

So the food. They dont have a kitchen, but the amazing part was Chris offered to dial up a pizza that was in the same complex, have them walk it over, and serve it up for us. This was really cool and being someone from MA, getting additional opportunity to get NY style Pizza, I was quite pleased. So in reality, I would love to give a 4 or so here as they were quite accommodating, but alas they dont have their own food.

Overall this was an awesome find on my part if I dont say so. If any beer advocates get a chance to get close, you will not be disappointed.

Finally, we bought a couple bombers to go and considered getting a couple growlers but passed. Perfect service!

06-09-2011 22:27:02 | More by JasonA
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4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Amosphere: Nice place, copper and browns made it feel homely like a nice brewpub. A bit small though, and can get crowded on the weekends. A bit loud when it's packed, but they don't blast music like most of the local pubs, which is a plus.

Quality/selection: 54 taps, all great craft brews. Often they run out of certain beers, which is unfortunate.

Service: Excellent staff, great to help or converse

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OptionParalysis

New York

4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$

Upon entering Tap & Barrel you are greeted with pleasant surroundings, wooden bar, 52 Taps, 4 of which are on Nitro. There are empty kegs with cushions on them that are a nice touch to the environment.

Tap & Barrel have some excellent offerings, some brews which are near impossible to find on tap. Their righteous selections have boasted some true gems like Goose Island BCBCS & BCBS, Founders KBS, Stone's Enjoy By, not to mention some real palate pleasing surprises.

Bottles are also sold here, my buds and I have taken home Fruet on numerous occasions.

The service here is great. The bartenders know the beers, make great suggestions and most importantly, they know how to pour.

Prices may run a tad high, but for the quality brews that they get in... well worth it.

Some new additions include vintage arcade games and soft baked pretzels.

Tap & Barrel is a staple in the craft beer community on Long Island, I have nothing but positive things to say.

07-12-2013 18:01:41 | More by OptionParalysis
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MJsGhost

New York

4.79/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | $$

Stopped in the Tap and Barrel driving back to city, was amazed at the selection of tap beers. Several great locals, Spider Bite Boris was favorite, Bartender answered every question without having to go ask someone else. Lots of college kids, never heard one curse while I was there. Great place.

07-01-2013 19:36:31 | More by MJsGhost
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vfgccp

New York

3.94/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

First the obvious, 52 taps of all quality craft brew. The selection obviously changes but always spans the gamut from basic standard craft beers all the way up through special hard to get seasonals and nitro stouts. As far as beer selection goes I really have no complaints.

As far as atmosphere this is where I have my criticisms. The music is far to loud when they have a live band, but even when it is just the house PA music it is obnoxiously loud most times. Also, what is the deal with the stripper pole?? Let's just say it is useless and out of place in this setting. And finally, the TVs are too small and almost always just looping the DVD menu of whatever was on last, plus there is no sound so it wouldn't matter if the movie was playing anyway.

The staff is courteous and for the most part very knowledgeable about there beer selection which is a must for a craft beer bar. Also, there glassware selection is mediocre, they have some basic / generic glass types (pint, belgian style, tulip) but definitely could be improved.

Overall, it is a cool place to hang and have a beer. There selection is ample, they have interesting tasting nights, and the cover charge is not absurd on special nights (however i wish the 1 free beer with cover didn't HAVE to be rolling rock!! - the bouncer neglected to mention that part). Plus let's not forget it is in the same parking lot as 24 hour bagel!!

12-01-2011 20:17:57 | More by vfgccp
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steelerguy

New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

This is a small place in a strip mall...going to be hard to be impressive. Step inside, nice wooden bar, row of taps and a great looking distribution system, nice brick work, some LCD TVs that are not front and center but let you keep up on the scores. Awesome!

The selection and quality of the beer is top notch. This isn't one of those places with a ton of taps serving crap. This is all nice stuff, even if some may not be your style. Everything from root beer (1 tap), hefes, pilsners, pales, ipas, double ipas, stouts, imperial stouts, barleywines...etc. Great selection and the owner who was pouring while I was there was passionate and very knowledgeable.

There is some bad. The prices are a bit high, but I am willing to pay a premium for such a selection of great beer. The problem is that when they start to get busy, the pour fast...lots of head (normally good!) and you end up with a beer glass that is 75-80% of what you paid for. This knocks the value down a bit, but won't deter me from going...just show up before 9 or 10.

Second bad which sounds like it will be fixed soon, no food. They are working on it and it should be there around New Years. There is a pizza place just a couples stores down and they actually called and had the pizza brought over for us...now that is service!

Very good place that looks like it will be great in a few months when they start serving some wings and waffles!

10-29-2011 23:47:22 | More by steelerguy
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