Tap and Barrel Turns 5

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Tap and Barrel, and all 52 of its taps, is turning five this year. To celebrate the milestone, the Smithtown craft beer destination will be throwing itself a weekend long birthday party.

The bar sits in a small, run-of-the-mill shopping center that has always been known as the home of 24 Hour Bagels, a local all night favorite. For years it changed names and owners, never making too much of an impression, until a craft beer bar boasting 52 taps opened its doors.

Five years ago, Long Island craft beer was certainly on the rise but it wasn’t nearly as mainstream as it is today. There were still only a handful of breweries on the island, compared to the current rapidly growing crop of 20 plus. But from the beginning they supported local beer and now devote a portion of their taps solely it and offer Long Island-based specials.

This Friday, the birthday celebration kicks off with an extra hour of happy hour and an extra impressive discount. All local beers will be only $3 from 4-8 pm and one of Long Island’s newest microbreweries, Garvies Point of Glen Cove, will make its debut.

Homage will also be paid to some critically acclaimed national breweries, with rare beer tappings all three days. Everything from 2014 Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Breakfast Stout to Susan, an IPA from Hill Farmstead of Vermont, will be making an appearance. If those rare brews didn’t jump out at you, there will be at least 50 other taps to choose from, plus a full bar. A food truck will be parked outside Friday, Saturday and possibly Sunday, though there’s always the option to grab a pizza from next door and enjoy it with your drinks.

Tap and Barrel has spent five years establishing itself as a craft beer destination, but they’re not done yet. They recently launched their art wall and aim to have a new local artist display their work each month. One thing has been the same since the beginning though: regardless of what’s going on in the bar, The Big Lebowski is always playing on one of the televisions.

photos via Tap and Barrel