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Famed Brewpub in Southampton

Originally Posted: August 24, 2004

The Southampton Publick House, located in Southampton Village on the site of historic "Herb McCarthy's Bowden Square", was established in July 1996 as the first and only Microbrewery/Restaurant on the East End of Long Island. Phil Markowski, a respected veteran East Coast Brewmaster from Connecticut, was recruited to handle the brewing.

The Southampton Publick House sells its unique products to over 40 specialty beer bars and restaurants throughout Long Island and New York City. The brewery sells approximately one-half of its production off site. A few of the better-known Manhattan establishments serving Southampton Ales & Lagers are The Club Room, D.B.A., The Gingerman, Gramercy Tavern, Home Restaurant, and Waterfront Ale House. In the Hamptons, the brewery's products are available at Della Famina, Maidstone Arms, Plaza Café, and the Ram's Head Inn in Shelter Island.

In just a few years the products of the Southampton Publick House has earned a solid regional and national reputation for their high quality and uniqueness. The brewery produces an eclectic range of traditional British, German, American, and Belgian styles. The brewery gained national recognition in 1997 for it's "Peconic County Reserve", an unusual ale made with locally grown Chardonnay grapes.

Since 1998, SPH has been recognized for their brewing excellence at The Great American Beer Festival, Real Ale Festival, and the World Beer Cup. Publick House brews have earned 7 Gold Medals, 6 Silver Medals and 3 Bronze Medals. Locally, Dan's Papers has acknowledged them as Best Happy Hour for three years in a row. In 2003, it was voted #1 Brewpub in America by BeerAdvocate.com, and recently Southampton Imperial Baltic Porter was recognized in Men's Journal as one of "The 25 Best American Specialty Beers." The reputation of the brewery continues to grow with at least 26 different styles of beer produced locally each year.

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