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“There’s something about a hot dog and beer that just goes together,” says Mike Avino, a co-owner at Duke’s Dogs in Patchogue, which opened on South Ocean Avenue this summer.

But since their early July launch, the only drinks the staff at Duke’s have been able to serve up are the soft variety, or water or iced tea.

Due to a snafu at the State Liquor Authority, it took almost five months, but Duke’s on Saturday received its beer and wine license.

“We’ll be fully stocked [by today, Monday] with six taps and lots of cans of beer, and wine,” Avino told GreaterPatchogue this past weekend. “It’s exciting.”

He and lifelong friend Ron Ciders opened Duke’s in early July.

“Everyone has been really surprised by how good a hot dog can be; it’s definitely an elevated dog,” Avino told us a few days after opening. “It’s a lot better than the hot dogs that you’re used to.”

The dogs come from the neighboring Karl Ehmer butcher shop. The light and toasted split buns are from Blue Duck Bakery.

The beer will be a mix of domestic, foreign and local craft options.

if you go

Duke’s, located at 58A South Ocean Avenue, across from the James Joyce Irish pub, holds about 30 people. The hours are Mondays through Thursdays from noon to 10 p.m., then noon to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 9 p.m. on Sundays.

Click here to follow Duke’s Dogs’ Instagram feed. Menu below.

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