Calling all beer and cheese lovers! (Er, so everyone?)
Northport Village, which already boasts many foodie finds, including a wine bar, an old-timey sweet shop luncheonette and a diner featured on the Food Network, will soon have another culinary destination worthy of bragging rights. Brew Cheese, a successful store and eatery in Stony Brook that pairs beer and cheese for an unexpectedly savory culinary experience, is opening its second location in Northport. The new location will take the spot of the closed Mexican restaurant Cilantro, next to Wolfie’s Custard, bringing an entirely different vibe to the stretch on Woodbine Avenue.
“Here in Stony Brook, there is a big historical vibe. Northport is the same way,” says David Striffler, owner of Brew Cheese, noting Northport’s charming walkways and trolley tracks. Striffler says this new location will be different from Stony Brook’s, however, in that they will be expanding their menu to include more sandwiches, salads and soups. And for those who love to people-watch and enjoy the gorgeous views of the harbor right across the street, there will also be outdoor seating.
Just like the Stony Brook location, Northport’s Brew Cheese will offer craft beers on tap, bottled beer to stay or take away and dozens of different types of cheese. It will also offer unique menu items for brunch (beer mimosas, anyone?). Spirits on tap include Long Island favorites, such as beer from Sand City Brewing (another Northport staple) and hard cider from Woodside Orchards in Aquebogue. Beers are available by the glass or, for those who love to taste-test, flights.
As for bottled beer, you have options. An ever-evolving rotation of ciders and seasonal beers are for sale, featuring local selections from places like Garvies Point Brewery in Glen Cove and Montauk Brewing Company, as well as from other breweries around the country.
And now on to the food. Cheese lovers can order cheese boards to stay, which contain a selection of three different types of cheese, paired with crackers and jam and your choice of accompaniments. Seasonal and specialty cheese boards are available, as are create-your-own cheese boards. Lest you think they might have forgotten, Fondue for Two is available under the “Specialty Cheese Board” section. Dessert cheese boards and specialty grilled cheeses are some of the unique items on the menu. You can also select cheeses to go.
If you’re a newbie to the beer and cheese game, you can attend a cheese class, which will be held weekly. Of course, employees are always on hand to make expert pairing recommendations. Striffler suggests die-hard wine-and-cheese lovers keep an open mind and assures they won’t be disappointed. “Beer goes so well with cheese,” he insists. “It’s more versatile than wine.”
Striffler hopes to have the Northport location open by late June and says the spot should be open seven days a week in summer and fall, possibly dropping back to five days a week in winter. He and the team are eagerly anticipating the new space. Striffler confesses, “I wish it were open now.”
Cheers to that.