Vaughan Cutillo, Joe Sullivan, and Eric Moss all grew up on the East End. Despite spending their college days in different parts of the country, the trio reunited three years ago with one goal: to make top-notch beer in one of their favorite places, Montauk. True to their aim, Montauk Brewing Co. opened its downtown tasting room a little over a month ago.
Currently there are three beers available for tasting, the signature Driftwood Ale, which Cutillo describes as “bold, like Montauk,” the lighter Golden Ale, and the Porter, a brew known for its chocolate malt flavor.
Cutillo, Sullivan, and Moss are also concerned with the environment. They sell growlers ($22) that are refillable ($16) and encourage customers to take and return their tasting glasses. Rather than make restaurant deliveries in a gas-guzzling van, the eco-minded brewers pile supply into a beach cruiser. Montauk stockists include Crow’s Nest, South Edison, and The Sloppy Tuna.
If you don’t get a chance to visit the Montauk tasting room, you can sample the company’s Driftwood Ale at the sixth annual North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ and Wine Festival on August 11. 62 South Erie Ave., Montauk, 631-668-8471
—MARCIA FROST PHOTOGRAPHY BY NIC ALEGRE VIA (SLIDE 1); MARCIA FROST (SLIDE 2, 3)