LIBeerGuide Brewsletter -- September 2019
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September 2019 -- Oktoberfest Edition
Oktoberfest season officially kicked off worldwide on Sept. 21 with the opening of the Munich Oktoberfest, which expects to attract more than 6 million visitors this year before serving its last stein on Oct. 6.  There are plenty of fun Oktoberfest events on Long Island, with German beer, music and food along with chances to prove your strength and ability to withstand pain in Stein Holding contests.  Ein prosit!
Celebrating Oktoberfest on Long Island

There are plenty of festivals being held over the next few weeks including several at Long Island craft breweries.  If you have a craving for brats, beer and Bavarian pretzels, the best way to locate an event near you is at our comprehensive listing of LI Oktoberfest Celebrations.  Among the highlights are:

Black Forest Brew Haus, the German brewpub in Farmingdale, recently tapped its Oktoberfest beer, which is a traditional Munich Festbier.  The beer will be flowing at the brewpub’s weekend Oktoberfest celebrations with live German bands beginning on Sept. 27. 

Camp Paquatuck in Center Moriches will hold its 11th annual Oktoberfest on Sept. 27-29 with German food, beer gardens and live German entertainment.  All proceeds will go to benefit the summer sleepaway camp for children and young adults with disabilities.
Destination Unknown Beer Co. will hold its first annual DUBTOBERfest at the brewery in Bay Shore on Sept. 28, featuring German-style beers from Dubco and other local craft breweries along with German food from Knot of the World and Geenas Weenas.

Harbor Head Brewing and Whales Tale restaurant in Northport will hold their 2nd annual Oktoberfest celebration on Oct. 5 with special beers from Harbor Head, German food from Whales Tale and live music.

Long Island’s premier German restaurant and beer garden, Plattduetsche Park in Franklin Square, held its annual Ompahfest on Sept. 22 but there are still plenty of events coming up at the Biergarten.  On Oct. 5, German accordionist rock star Alex Meixner will play live in the Beer Hall with special Oktoberfest beer and menu available.

The Mansion at Glen Cove will be pouring craft beers from Garvies Point Craft Brewery at its 5th Oktoberfest on Oct. 5, featuring German food and a Stein Holding contest. 
Croxley Ales will have an Oktoberfest in the beer garden of its Farmingdale location on Oct. 18 with Stein Holding contests for both fraus and frauleins.  All of Croxley’s four locations on Long Island will have special menus of German food and Oktoberfest beers from Germany and local craft breweries from Oct. 11-20.  
New York State Craft Brewers Hold Festival at Belmont

On Sept. 7, the trade group that represents craft breweries from all across New York State held its first annual beerfest on Long Island at Belmont Park Racetrack.  The event was a success, with over 1,000 craft beer lovers enjoying a beautiful late summer day watching the horses run from the final turn, while tasting delicious craft beers from around Long Island and New York State. The New York State Brewers Association (NYSBA) partnered on the event with Starfish Junction Productions, Long Island’s premier producer of beerfests and other craft beverage festivals.  

Long Island craft breweries were well represented at the fest, with brewery founders including Larry Goldstein of Spider Bite Beer Co. in Holbrook; Sarah and Tim Dougherty, co-founders of The Brewers Collective in Bay Shore; Greg Martin of Long Ireland Beer Co. in Riverhead; Lauri and Matt Spitz of Moustache Brewing in Riverhead; Bryan Murphy of Barnshed Brewing in Hicksville; and Kevin Cain of Lithology Brewing in Farmingdale.  Other Long Island breweries participating included Blue Point Brewing, Greenport Harbor Brewing, Port Jeff Brewing, Saint James Brewery and Sand City Brewing.
Blue Point Steps Up as Title Sponsor of Oysterfest

Blue Point Brewing of Patchogue will be the title sponsor of the 36th Annual Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay, with the formerly dry event now featuring a Blue Point beer garden.  Rumors had been swirling this summer that the Oyster Festival would be cancelled this year but a campaign to save the festival, led by Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and former New York State Sen. Carl Marcellino resulted in the landing of new sponsors to provide much needed financial support. The festival, which will take place on Oct. 19 and 20 at waterfront Theodore Roosevelt Park, is organized by the Rotary Club of Oyster Bay and benefits many local nonprofit organizations.

At a press conference announcing the sponsorship, Mark Burford, Blue Point's co-founder and president, said the decision to step up as title sponsor was an easy one.   “Blue Point is also located in a seaside community and we are very involved in sustainability issues including the Billion Oyster Project, so this was a natural fit for us.  We’re happy to be part of keeping the Oyster Festival tradition alive, and here’s to more oysters and of course, beer!” 

The Oyster Festival attracts more than 150,000 people each year to enjoy oysters served raw on the half-shell, fried, or in stew. The festival estimates that more than 60,000 oysters will be consumed, all donated by local oyster company Frank M. Flower & Sons. Blue Point will be serving six different beers, including a special IPA brewed just for the festival. Festgoers can also expect to enjoy Blue Point’s Good Reef Ale made in partnership with the Billion Oyster Project. For every pint sold of Good Reef, five oysters will be restored to oyster reefs in New York harbors, with each oyster filtering up to 50 gallons of water per day.

The brewery will also bring to the festival Keenan Boyle (aka #tallmuthashucka), who runs the raw bar at Blue Point’s tasting room and restaurant in Patchogue and is an expert on Long Island oysters. Blue Point is also hosting its first annual Oyster Ball on Oct. 5 at the brewery featuring unlimited oysters and live music from local bands, with part of the proceeds going to groups advocating for clean water including the Billion Oyster Project, GreenWave, and Seatuck Environmental Association.
Upcoming Beer  Festivals

Oct. 19 -- Bay Shore Pumpkinfest at TJ Finley's in Bay Shore with pumpkin beers from local craft breweries.  First 200 people in the door get to drink out of mini pumpkins -- doors open 6 pm

Oct. 19 -- Long Island Fall Beer Festival at Academy Sports Complex in Farmingdale, 25+ breweries -- 12:30 - 5 pm

Nov. 2 -- Great Beer Expo at Nassau oliseum in Uniondale -- 12:30 - 4 pm and 5:30 - 9 pm

For more LI beerfests check out our Beer Festivals page.
Beer Events on LI 

Sept. 28 -- Taps & Apps with Greenport Harbor Brewing at Heneghan's Tavern in Point Lookout -- fundraiser for locals Tina and Jimmy Braddock -- 1-4 pm

Oct. 5 -- Blue Point Oyster Ball at Blue Point Brewing in Patchogue -- 1-5 pm

Oct. 19-20 -- 36th annual Oyster Festival at Theodore Roosevelt Park in Oyster Bay, sponsored by Blue Point Brewing

For more beer events on Long Island, check out our Beer Dinners and Events page.


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