NYMojoMan (6) Arden, North Carolina | June 23, 2006| Updated July 31, 2007
Jasonís (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 Spenceís design & not Philís 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.
thenick (11) North Bellmore, New York | July 16, 2007| Updated August 17, 2007
Took the run out east on July 7, 2007. Southampton is an utterly senseless place (on par with the rest of the Hamptons), but the Southampton Publick House is a beacon of wonder in that desolate wasteland of wannabes. We quickly made friends with Brady, the bartender, as well as Don Sullivan, who seems to be a bigshot at the brewery itself. Brady allowed us to try everything we wanted on tap for free, and Don took care to explain the beers and really cared about both the beers and our customer experience. The tap selection was excellent, with beers such as the Tripel and the Porter that were not readily available, and the bottles were also respectably nice (with some things Iíd only previously seen at New Beer Distributors in NYC). The food was phenomenal, with the waitresses also very nice to us. Itís a long drive for me, and I sure as hell donít want to see anything else in Southampton, but Iíll be coming back to the Publick House very soon.
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 Iím ever again anywhere near this part of Long Island again, to SHPH I will go!
mattd017 (2) Jacksonville, Florida | July 8, 2006| Updated August 20, 2006
Great place, good selection. Has many constantly changing options. Service is always quick and friendly, as long as itís not ladyís night. Food is good, but the beer is better
Visited this on a day trip from Boston. Turned into an overnight trip when we missed the ferry to CT. Great place, excellent food, and some of the nicest people I have ever met. If you have the chance, go here and prepare for a great time.
When I visited here I was awestruck at how it had such a laid back atmosphere and affordable menu after my in law had shown me the huge mansions and expensive shops in town. I was presented with the beer sampler and noticed I had to look to find the good stuff that was bottled. The staff was friendly and attentive. The menu pretty much had items that I could find at other brewpubs like ribs.
My brother in law informs me that the brewer is a neighbor of one of his close relatives and there are certain times you need to visit here to drink some of the good stuff that isnít on the touristy beer menu of which I sampled every single beer. I definately plan on going back!
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 donít think youíre 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 isnít 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 arenít needed, and the dress is very casual. The wait staff isnít all that &quo;beer savy,&quo; but it doesnít 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.
Coming here basically took up my entire day, yet I am still glad I made the trip. Phil was not there unfortunately, but the bar staff was very attentive and I was able to meet another brewer, a great guy named Spence. I gave him a bottle of Batch 7000 and he proceeded to give me a bottle of 2002 Old Herb and a test batch bomber that he thought might be Abbey Single. Was a bit disappointed to find zero Belgian styles on draught, but what was on draught was very well-made and tasty. I enjoyed my cajun sandwich which came with a generous serving of guacomole. The inside decor was nice. If you are in Manhattan and are considered coming here, make sure you really love Southampton, because, mostly likely, Phil wonít be there and the selection wonít be everything you imagined.
I live halfway out on the island and southampton is till over an hour away. I still love going there though. Awesome beers and the selection changes drastically every month. It seems that every week or two they come out with something new. THier food is pretty good and the prices are not what was expected being in Southampton. ie- moderate prices. Pretty big dining area plus they have more room upstairs I think and a place outside for the summer. The last time I was there - Rudy Guilianni came in with his new wife just as we were about to leave. That increased the overall appeal to me- just to think that he probably likes good beer too.