Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Day 806 : In and around Greenport - North Fork Part Three

Continuing eastward, we reached our furthest point on the North Fork, the town of Greenport. Originally we had discussed having dinner there and exploring some of the cute dining options like the Frisky Oyster and North Fork Oyster Company but we decided to make it an afternoon trip so no one had to do too much driving after dinner.

So what were the Greenport highlights you might wonder?

How about Greenport Harbor Brewing Company?

Greenport is the brainchild of two college buddies who followed their dream of starting a small brewery crafting excellent beers. Strictly local, each beer is brewed with love and care and is completely unique. Their tasting room is a casual sunlight room with plenty of friendly knowledgeable staff and an excellent deal for their patrons. For an $8 glass you can taste through the entire selection of beers and these were quite liberal tastes. My favorite of the beers we tried was their Havre Rouge. Havre Rouge is a Belgian Pale Ale with a nice reddish hue -- full of malty notes but dry and slightly bitter, nothing overly sweet here. Perfect with a nice aged sheep's milk cheese.

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Where to next?

How about the new local olive oil and vinegar shop, Vines and Branches? Located at the end of Main Street in Greenport, this little shop had an extensive selection of artisanal olive oils, vinegars, preserves, and more. Any cooks' paradise full of interesting and unique flavor profiles in olive oils, vinegars, and more. I walked out with a bottle of Wild Mushroom and Sage olive oil along with a bottle that was a strawberry basil balsamic and EVOO combination. Definitely worth a visit when you are in Greenport, they are doing great things!

Vines & Branches
477 Main Street
Greenport, NY 11944

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