Thanks to Google Maps, we had no trouble finding Moustache Brewery, hidden away on a side street in Riverhead in an industrial area. Once inside the industrial vibe continued, with the small tasting room open to the brewing facility and stacks of materials on open shelves. The small size also encouraged a friendly attitude, as we got into conversations with a couple sharing our table and various individuals, some of whom had clearly stopped in for a pint. Matthew and Lauri (as the owners are identified on the web site) are also quite friendly, and clearly passionate about their beer, and with good reason. We liked all of the beers we tried.
The tasting flight gives you four 5-ounce pours for $8.00, so though we would have liked to try all the beers we decided to share one flight, which was more than enough. Maybe we should go back and try the rest another day! Their beers are also available on tap at various places around Long Island, and I wouldn’t hesitate to order them. They also have a small selection of beer-themed gift items. Pints are $6 and growlers (to go only) are $21-$22, depending on the beer (less if you bring your own growler bottle—even if it’s from a competing brewery).
While we were there two young-looking couples came in asking for flights, but when they were unable to provide proof of age they were denied and left in a huff, declaiming that they were off to Long Ireland Brewery. Lauri quickly phoned Long Ireland to give them a heads up, which I thought was very collegial of her, and also smart. Why jeopardize your livelihood to give someone a drink?
- Everyman’s Porter 5% (alcohol, a figure provided for most of the beers, as they can vary)
The menu accurately describes this as “light bodied with chocolate and coffee notes.” We agree that it is light for a porter, so it is good for someone who wants to start trying darker beers but is not ready for a really heavy one. This has a pleasantly bitter flavor with a touch of citrus at the end and a bit of a tingle on the tongue. I say that I could see sipping this in a pub, and my husband agrees, but adds that in that case it would be warmer.
- Sailor Mouth IPA 5%
Okay, where did this name come from? Lauri chuckles and admits that it was named for her tendency to, um, use strong language. “Potty mouth” would not be a good name for a beer, we all agree. This is a good IPA, with a strongly piney taste and more lime than lemon in the citrus category. It would go well with a summer barbeque, especially if you were having ribs with a sauce that was more on the sweet side.
- Wet Hop Harvest Saison 3%
“Local Cascade, Mt. Hood, and Pearle Hops” reads the menu, and yes, it is somewhat hoppy. Saison means it is in the Belgian style, and we find it lighter in taste that one would expect from the dark color. It is also pleasantly bitter, but not as interesting as we had hoped. Still, it was fine.
- You’ll Shoot Your Rye Out 6%
This is described as “Rye Scotch Ale,” referring not to whiskey but to the Scottish style of brewing and to the use of fermented rye. And indeed, this is another beer we could definitely imagine ourselves drinking in a cozy wainscoted pub somewhere in the north of the British Isles. Although again it is not very heavy (I should mention that we both love Guinness Stout.), it has lovely notes of mocha—chocolate and coffee—and is very drinkable.
Reasons to Visit: all the beers were good; you could fill a growler and enjoy some good craft beer at home; you’re in Riverhead and you would like to try a tasting somewhere new; the friendly vibe.
Also, if you happen to find yourself in Riverhead on a Saturday you should definitely check out the Farmer’s Market. We bought locally caught cod, shiitake mushrooms from the East End Mushroom Company, organic hydroponic greens, some delicious olive bread, a lovely soft brie-type cheese from Mecox Dairy, and delectable mini chocolate-covered red velvet cakes, and made a terrific dinner. Next time we hope to try the quail from the Browder’s Birds stall, raised by Abra Morawiec.