Sand City Brewing Co.

Sand City Brewing Co.Sand City Brewing Co.
Sand City Brewing Co.Sand City Brewing Co.
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

60 Main St
Northport, New York, 11768-1722
United States

(631) 651-2766 | map

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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Never had any Sand City but the reviews enticed me to the north shore of Long Island. A bit off the beaten path....

Drove down Main Street and it was JAMMED. Parking spots all filled and the streets were crowded for a Monday night. Parked on a side street and went looking for Sand City. Nice suburban town, folks going to dinner, families getting ice cream cones, folks walking their dogs. This is a nice town.

Find Sand City wedged between two buildings, sort of an alley, pennants hanging from the walls. Walk into a semi-dark tap room, long bar with a few standing tables . Wait at the bar while the bartender tries to impress some college coeds ( he didn’t) and get a flight. Brewery fresh beers, what’s there not to like?

If I have time , would visit again

Jul 20, 2019
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beerloserLI from New York

4.19/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Located probably about as North as you can get on the island. Northport is a sort of wannabe Sag Harbor. Parking can be a challenge, especially on a weekend. I usually street park on Scudder Ave. and walk down.

A smallish/medium sized tasting room that offers no seating and one, single use, bathroom. Service is generally good and prompt but of course it depends on the servers on hand. Some are a little too cool for school scum bags. Crowed tends to be younger/middle aged with an average amount of hipsters. Its all about the beer and what they have are some of the best ipa's in the country let alone long island. Plenty of weekly can/bottle offerings are usually available for take home purchase as well. No food but there are plenty of eateries steps away.

Jun 28, 2019
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eluvah from New York

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Great place to stop on the North Shore. Lots of collaborations with other breweries such as Equilibrium and Kane. They had 10 beers on the menu, about half we’re IPA’s. All the beers I tried were excellent.

May 30, 2019
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BrewMaven from New York

4.83/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Excellent stop for an afternoon of great brews and a quaint town to explore. Plan on bringing some change for the 2 hour parking meters..It gives you something to do between beers. I'll be back.

May 21, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Sand City is really a nice place in a nice spot. Located in the heart of downtown Northport, Long Island, NY, it is just a short walk from the water and really sports one of the best brewery locations I can recall. The service area consists of a long bar, maybe 20 feet long, with 10 taps/beer offerings. The IPAs were consistently superior (who would think our favorite of the day would be called "Washed Up.") Canned beer (mostly tap offerings) and both 32 and 64 oz growlers are available. The remaining area is essentially for standing room with three tables, but virtually no chairs (the stools I spied are likely, I suspect, for the staff). The service was really accommodating and top notch and the vibe was inviting, hip, and fun. A little out of the way for me, but I'll definitely be back.

Feb 17, 2019
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Sand City... the only reason I ventured out on the LIRR as a clueless tourist. And what a great place.

Sand City is tiny, way smaller than I thought. Room for maybe thirty people before it would get too crowded. The atmosphere was still laid back and happy, even when it started filling up.

The selection of beer isn't massive, with ten taps, but the variety is very good. Sand City are most known for IPAs, but they do really nice sours and lighter beers as well. The Kölsch was very nice, as was the saison and table beer. Anything you order here will be tasty, Service is quick and friendly, as usual in the States.

There is no food available at the taproom, only pretzel sticks, but right next door is the Shipwreck Diner, where we had lunch before. Really nice place, good food and cool vibe.

Overall, I loved Sand City. Great beer and a great place.

Jan 05, 2019
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Went there after running the Cow Harbor 10k.

Walk in to a crowded tap room. The atmosphere is typically functional with not a lot of frills.

The beer is incredible.

Oct 05, 2017
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Billolick from New York

4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Great spot to taste excellent beers in a great little town, very close to the water on the Long Island sound side of the iIsland.

Smaller spot, one room, with the actual brewery visable to the rear. Bar to the left as you enter...No food, except pretzel sticks that they put out for all to enjoy.....Fun spot to check out for tasting, drinking, filling growlers, cans for sale...all of their quite tasty products...first sip of the visit and I was thinking "wow" Every beer we had was literally bursting with waves of favor, impressive...went home with a growler and 4 pack of cans..very glad we went...will surely return....Well worth a visit

May 01, 2017
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EMH73 from New York

4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

The beers and vibe are terrific, however the space is on the small side, Their IPA's compare favorably to almost all other breweries. The age range here is vast and the place is incredibly dog friendly. Flights are a great deal. The only food served here is pretzel rods which is disappointing, but they are free. Unfortunately there were no cans for sale on the day of my visit.

Mar 19, 2017
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Greywulfken from New York

4/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This will be my limited to a one-time experience review of the brewery, based on a can release event.

I went to the brewery, Sand City, because I was aware of a can release event, and I was intrigued. The line was way longer than I expected, and there was no small amount of trepidation on my part: Will it be sold out before I get to buy it? was my primary concern. Based on the comments from the people on line behind me, this sort of line was akin to a Tree House release - surprising for what I regarded as a relatively low-key local brewery. Waited about an hour on line, having arrived about 15 minutes before their opening.

On two occasions, a person clearly representing the brewery toured the line, counting the number of people waiting. A local deli also toured the line, and brought egg sandwiches and juice to those waiting. After about 45 minutes, a dude came by informing us that our allotments had been reduced from 4 4-packs to 3, to enabling people to get something if they were waiting. A reasonable move for sure.

Never really entered the brewery proper, as the sale was through their back door, but I could see it was a very small brewery. A table was set-up near the cashier station, offering t-shirts and glassware. Everyone seemed very amicable, and despite the wait, the quality of the beer was well-worth it.

Overall, a favorable impression, but given the abundance of great beer these days, I don't know if it warranted the drive or wait. I'll have to keep drinking and get back to you...

Feb 20, 2017
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dgmirelli from New York

4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

the beer is outstanding and to have this miles away is one of the greatest things to ever happen to me, LOL. This place is IPA heaven, no need to chase NE IPA's all over the nation and pay booku bucks for a can. Growler price is insane!! Keep it coming Sand City!!

Feb 18, 2017
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acp21178 from New York

5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Sand City is hands down the best Brewery on Long Island.... Every beer I've had and there have been a lot are delicious. Keep the beers flowing and the people will come...

Nov 07, 2016
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CHickman from New York

4.53/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Sand City is off to a great start. I've been there several times over the past year and the place is always crowded with a mix of all ages of people, surprisingly with just as many women as men. The vibe is always fun and casual, in my view just what Northport needed.

The beers always taste extremely fresh and the flights are a great way to try everything they have. The flights are the social center of most tables, the way a good beer hall should be. Last night I had Day Drifter (Oatmeal IPA), Oops! I Hopped My Pants (IPA) and Blush (Sour Ale conditioned atop fresh blueberries) - all were very tasty and extremely easy to drink. Always a good variety available, they stick with their regular lineup and have had something new each visit.

The staff makes you feel welcomed and the bar can be crowded at times with a bit of a wait, but the atmosphere is always fun, cordial and party like. Hopefully they can start limited canning or bottling, otherwise it's worth the trip for anyone who lives on Long Island.

8/7/2016 NOTE: I went to get my share of the first can release on Sunday 8/7 and the experience was excellent. I got there around 10:45 am and there was basically no line, plenty of beer left and plenty of staff around who were all very nice, happy and helpful. Second Wave and Mofosaic were the first 2 brews to hit the market, and both tasted so fresh from the can. Great way to introduce their canned beer to the world.

May 28, 2016
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BiltmoreShores from New York

5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The beer and the vibe at this place cannot be matched. Only food they serve is pretzel rods, but occasionally, I've seen different food vendors giving out samples of stuff. The beer selection is great and the flights aren't expensive for the quality. This is a must visit if you are anywhere nearby.

May 23, 2016
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PVMT from New York

4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The best brewery on Long Island, hands down. While they make a wide variety of beer styles, they are absolutely killing it with their IPAs. The space isn't much to speak of, but they have flights and growler fills (worth the trip for that alone).

May 22, 2016
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jrnyc from New York

4.66/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great brewery. Very good to great beer. Very friendly, helpful staff. They run can releases well by lowering limits based on line to make sure as many people get beer as possible. Only demerit is for too many dogs in tap room.

May 10, 2016
Sand City Brewing Co. in Northport, NY
Brewery rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 2735 ratings