LIBeerGuide Brewsletter -- May 2019
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May 2019
This spring on Long Island it seemed like April showers brought nothing but May showers, with lots of rainy weekends.  Thankfully the sun was out for Memorial Day weekend and LIBeerGuide hopes you enjoyed the unofficial start to summer while also remembering the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country.
The month of June will be filled with beer festivals and other fun events, including a special Taps and Apps on June 1 at Heneghan's Tavern in Point Lookout.  The taps at Heneghan's will be taken over by 1940s Brewing Co. from Holbrook, with a special pairing menu featuring brunch-styled apps including chicken and  waffles, J.A. scotch eggs and breakfast tacos. The event is also a fundraiser for Point Lookout resident and friend Shana Guerin-Rosenthal, who is battling health issues.  There will be raffles and a 50/50 drawing with all money raised going directly to Shana and her family.   As a special treat there will be live music from local legends St. Elvis -- rock on!

New Breweries Spring Up Across LI

April showers on Long Island seem to have brought a crop of new breweries.  Several of these breweries plan to open tasting rooms this summer, including the new Ghost Brewing Company in Bay Shore.  Ghost Brewing took over space at 25 Drexel Drive, also the home of Great South Bay Brewery, that formerly housed Fire Island Beer Co. before it closed last fall.  Ghost Brewing's new brewmaster is Paul Komsic, who moved over from BrickHouse Brewery in Patchogue, where he was head brewer for over 8 years at the pioneering brewpub.  At Ghost Brewing, Komsic will helm a 15 barrel system and plans to focus on wood-aged beer, including working with a barrel maker in Medford. 

Other new craft breweries on Long Island, in various stages of construction and permitting, are South Shore Craft Brewery in Oceanside, Motion Craft Brewed in Massapequa Park and Moriches Field Brewing Company in Center Moriches.  In addition, several craft breweries that have been working to open tasting rooms (many for years) plan to open later this year, including Blind Bat Brewery and Bistro in Centerport, Bright Eye Beer Co. in Long Beach, Flying Belgian Brewery and Long Beach Brewing Company in Oceanside, HopWin's Brewery in Bay Shore, Sunrise Ales & Lagers in Bohemia, and Twin Fork Beer Co. in Riverhead.  When these plans come to fruition, Long Island will have more than 50 brewery tap rooms and brewpubs, which is remarkable growth compared to a total of five just 20 years ago.  

Older craft breweries on Long Island are continuing to grow, including Sand City Brewing of Northport, which recently announced plans to open a second brewery and tasting room on the South Shore.  The second location will be in a 10,000 sq. ft. building on South Wellwood Ave. in Lindenhurst that formerly housed a CVS Pharmacy.  Sand City, which plans to open the new tasting room in spring 2020, will become the latest brewery to locate in Lindenhurst, joining W A Meadwerks and 27A Brewing Company, which is reportedly close to opening its tasting room.  Both W A Meadwerks and 27A Brewing Company will be pouring at the Whales, Ales & Salty Tales beerfest in Cold Spring Harbor on June 8 (see below).
Blue Point Supports World Environment Day Awareness Efforts 

Blue Point Brewing will hold a special event at the brewery in Patchogue on June 5 from 3-7 pm to promote World Environment Day.  First held in 1974, this day was founded by the United Nations to raise awareness and encourage action to protect our environment.  Several environmental group partners, including LI-based groups such as Save the Great South Bay, Seatuck and Coastal Research and Education Societty of Long Island (, will be on hand to share current initiatives they are working on.  Blue Point will also share information on its current sustainability efforts and there will be beer, food, music and lawn games in the newly opened beer garden.   

New Beerfest Docks in Cold Spring Harbor 

A new beerfest will be held on June 8, World Oceans Day, at the Whaling Museum and Education Center on Main Street in Cold Spring Harbor.  The Whales, Ales & Salty Tales festival will feature craft beers and mead from 11 Long Island craft breweries along with homebrewed beers, ciders and mead from Long Island’s three homebrew clubs – Brewer’s East End Revival (B.E.E.R.), Handgrenades Homebrew Club and Long Island Beer & Malt Enthusiasts (LIBME).  

Festivalgoers will be able to tour the museum’s exhibits and enjoy live music including sea shanties from the band Sampawam’s Creek.  All proceeds from the festival will benefit the museum’s education programs including summer camp scholarships for families in need.
Upcoming Beer Events and Festivals

June 1 - Taps and Apps with 1940's Brewing at Heneghan's Tavern in Point Lookout -- 1-4 pm, fundraiser for Point Lookout resident and friend Shana Guerin-Rosenthal

June 1 -- 7th Annual Bay Fest at Great South Bay Brewery in Bay Shore -- 2-6 pm

June 8 -- Whales, Ales & Salty Tales, new beer fest at Whaling Museum and Education Center in Cold Spring Harbor -- 2-6 pm

June 8-9 -- 45th Annual L.I. Bavarian Festival at Plattduetsche Park in Franklin Square -- 2-11 pm Sat., Noon -10 pm Sun.

Aug. 10 -- Long Island Craft Classic at Heckscher State Park in East Islip -- VIP session 1-2 pm, General Admission 2-5:30 pm

Aug. 18 -- Aloha Run to Great South Bay Brewery in Bay Shore, 8:30 am Five mile run followed by after-party with live music, food and beer.

For more LI beerfests and events click our Events page
Summer Street Festivals with Great Beer

Bay Shore Alive by the Bay - July 2, 16 and 30, and Aug. 13, rain date Aug. 20. Live music on Main Street, arts and crafts vendors, activities for children and more. Sponsors include Destination Unknown Beer Co. and Blue Point Brewing.

Farmingdale Music on MainJuly 11 and 25, and Aug. 8 and 22, rain date Aug. 29.  Live music on Main Street with food and craft beer from sponsors including Croxley Ales, Lithology Brewing, Dark Horse Tavern, Library Café, That Meetball Place and Nutty Irishman.

Patchogue Alive After FiveJune 27, July 11 & 25 and Aug. 8, rain date Aug. 22.  Six stages of live music, food trucks and more. Sponsors include Blue Point, BrickHouse Brewery, Patchogue Beer Project and Bobbique.

Riverhead Alive on 25July 3 and 18, and Aug.1 and 15, rain date Aug. 22.  Live music on eight stages, food trucks, local wine and craft beer from Moustache Brewing, Long Ireland, North Fork Brewing and Greenport Harbor.


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