Visited for dinner on a Thursday. The restaurant part of the place was closed for a charity auction, though the bar was open for bar food. The auction folks spilled over into the bar, which added nicely to the ambiance of the place. Everybody was happy and having a good time. The crowd at the bar seemed to be regulars, and were very friendly. I had the Keller Pils, which was nice, and the Crab Cakes which were tasty, though expensive for what they were. I liked the vibe of this place, had a nice Country Inn feel to it.
Rich neighborhood, large house with a very airy feel to it. I wish Phil had been there, the bartender was still friendly, but the experience didn’t feel like it was worth going 10 hours away from home, there were no special bottles. All stuff we could find in New York beer stores (and frankly 2005 is not the best year for the contents) and the taps, while all well made, were certainly not spectacular. Good food quality. Do visit, but time your visit right with the beers out (which seem to come out precisely at the same time ever year?)
JoeMcPhee (536) Toronto, ON, Ontario | April 3, 2006| Updated April 23, 2006
Went back out here yesterday to get some of their new seasonals. Service was much better than the first time around and the seasonals were very good. I met with one of the bar managers, Don, who was gracious enough to chat about beer, about SPH, and he sold me some unreleased bottles of their Abbott that is set to come out next week. Tried out their double ice bock, which was stellar.
I trekked a long way to get here and I was fairly disappointed with my experience. Decent looking place, an old country inn with the appropriate wood and windows overlooking some nicely manicured property. Food was tasty enought too, simple sandwiches, but done well. Regular beer line up was pretty poor when I was there. Their porter was fantastic though, and the other two seasonals I had were very good. The service could use some work. I was there on a very unbusy Saturday afternoon, and twice waited for 20+ minutes before the bartender (not my server, who had somehow wondered off) realized I needed a drink and took care of it. The bartender seemed pretty embarrassed by it and actually gave me a drink on the house, but that’s still pretty poor. I’ll be back just because of the reputation this place has, but I left feeling distinctly underwhelmed.
Went here for the Berliner/Double Ice-bock/RIS release. After we got our beer we tried to get a table in the dining room. We were told about a 15 minute wait for a table of eight. Waited an hour and fifteen instead, and that was with frequent check-ins. After an hour I saw a large empty table and asked if I should get our party, and was told no. 15 minutes of the table sitting empty, and me asking again, we were given that table. I know they were slammed, but for a table of eight, we were not checked on once our food arrived. The food was pretty good, but I was bothered that the nachos I ordered were served as waffle fries (said Irish Nachos on the menu, so I get the ’joke’ now, but there was nothing on the menu’s description about fries). I’ll have to see about getting out there sometime for a non-release day, but decent experience overall.
Although it is in such an out of the way place, this is my all-time favorite brewery/restaurant - in my opinion, they are making some of the best beers in the country, if not the world, and a trip there is well worth it just for that. They always have at least 8 of their brews on tap, and their cellar is usually stocked with at least four more bottled versions of their rarer offerings (but don’t think you’re getting out with any, the waiter/waitress makes sure to open the bottle for you). The atmosphere is very laid back and casual, and the prices (considering the area) are pretty average. The menu isn’t all that diverse, but the food is solid. I would recommend most of their seafood dishes, and their seared tuna appetizers are very good. Reservations may be advisable on the weekends, but usually aren’t needed, and the dress is very casual. The wait staff isn’t all that &quo;beer savy,&quo; but it doesn’t much matter. Most of the regulars seem to stick with the Secret Ale or the Montauk Light (which some often put ice cubes in, by god), and you will get stares if you order a growler to go (which you more than likely will, if not more than one), but these minor things are more than made up for by what I am sure will be one of the best beer experiences of your life.
Nice restaurant/brewpub. I’ve been there twice in the afternoon and both have been good times. The food is pretty good and service is excellent. They have 5 beers on tap year round and 2-3 seasonals ($5-$6 per pint). Plus they have their bombers and 750s available. The atmosphere is quite pleasant and they have several large TVs with sports on regularly. Realize that this brewpub is quite far east on LI and sometimes it’s hit or miss with their seasonals. But if you are nearby, it’s a fun place to go.
In all honesty, I was rather underwhelmed by this place. I took the train down from Montauk one evening this January to get the full experience. I walked over from the train station and found the place in a largely sleepy state (it was mid-week). I took a seat at the bar and was promptly ignored. I ordered a sampler and a crab-cake sandwich. The sandwich was ho-hum and the beers in the sampler were pretty middle of the road. The few fellow bar patrons were an interesting mixed bag of Hamptonites and displaced NYCers. I wasn’t able to buy any beers from the brewery that I haven’t seen anywhere else. Maybe worth a stop if they’ve got something special going on, otherwise, just seek out their limited beers.
Took the almost two hour ride out there from Manhattan on the LIRR, then walked two blocks in a blizzard. Worth it! Great beers. Great fish and chips. Terrific beer. Excellent atmosphere. Talked to Phil... very accessible and nice. Great wait staff. If I’m ever again anywhere near this part of Long Island again, to SHPH I will go!
Very much as I expected it would be - quite good. The people there were very friendly and my only disappointment was in that I was the driver and could only sample so much, but I did by a handful of bottles and was even blessed by the bartender with a small bottle as a token of appreciation. Just wish I had the time to stay for a day.