A favorite summer pastime on the East End is an evening spent sipping and socializing at a local vineyard or brewery. Of course, with the popularity of local beverages, some establishments can become overcrowded and overwhelming. Patrons seeking a different experience though need look no further than Moustache Brewing Co. in Riverhead. And patrons will find an especially satisfying dining experience with Moustache’s monthly seasonal event, Pizza Friday with Pizza Rita.
Friday June 21st marked the June date for Pizza Friday. Attendees gathered to sample the brewery’s creations, socialize with friends, and of course partake in fresh pizza courtesy of local food truck Pizza Rita. Customers had the option to order one of four speciality ten-inch pies made with a variety of gourmet ingredients such as buffalo milk mozzarella and hot capicola pork. Servers prepared each order by hand then baked them in the Mugnaini Wood Fired Oven set in the side of Pizza Rita’s specially outfitted Chevrolet Truck. The savory faire Pizza Rita served up was just a sampling from their full menu which is served at their new store location in Mattituck.
Complementing the pizza, Moustache Brewing Co. offered multiple beers on tap such as the crisp and lemony Long Summer Nights, the strong and spicy Ginger + Peach Tripel, and the dark and smooth Itty Bitty World brewed with milk. Two types of New York State cider were also available as well as a local Rose and a Red Blend from Bridge Lane Wines in Mattituck. And for patrons seeking a non-alcoholic experience, the Surf’s Up Kombucha from Long Island’s own Coastal Craft Kombucha was a bubbly taste experience full of tangy citrus notes perfect for summertime.
Moustache Brewing Co. offers various events each month including trivia nights, nature talks, and Recovery Run Mondays where participants are led in a refreshing walk around the neighborhood before returning to the brewery for drinks. But what sets Moustache apart from so many other breweries and vineyards is its charming atmosphere. The pet-friendly brewery’s tasting room is a modest space but with plenty of open area for guests to move around.
Outside, a small green with picnic tables and chairs gives the feeling of attending an intimate party in a friend’s backyard. Located in a quiet corner of downtown Riverhead, visitors feel like they’ve removed themselves from the bustle of summertime on the East End in favor of a relaxing evening savoring some of the best beer the North Fork has to offer.
The next Pizza Friday with Pizza Rita at Moustache Brewing Co. will occur on July 19th from 3pm-8pm. A full calendar of the brewery’s events can be found on the Moustache Brewing Co. web site. Pizza Rita’s full menu of offerings can be found on their web site as well. For a relaxing and delicious start to the weekend, Pizza Friday with Pizza Rita at Moustache Brewing Co. can’t be beat!