LIBeerGuide Brewsletter -- January 23, 2017
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January 2017
LIBeerGuide hopes that 2017 is off to a great start for you.  We are already enjoying more growth in LI craft beer with the upcoming opening of the 25th brewery/brewpub tasting room on Long Island.  Po' Boy Brewery, established by award-winning homebrewer Bobby Rodriguez, will open on January 27 in its new location in Port Jefferson Station.  Rodriguez has won more than 30 medals for his beers and ciders at Long Island and national home brewing competitions, including the Brewer’s Cup at the 2013 Brewers East End Revival contest.  Po' Boy is licensed as a farm brewery and started brewing commercially in 2014 at the Taste of Long Island incubator brewery on Main Street in Farmingdale (now the home of Lithology Brewing).  After deciding in 2015 to strike out on his own, Rodriguez went through a frustrating search for a location, and then put in long hours on nights and weekends to set up his new 3-barrel brewing system and new tasting room, which has 8 taps for beer and cider.  “We did just about all the work ourselves and it was so physically exhausting," Rodriguez said. "But in the end, we know that we built a large part of this with our own hands, and that makes it all worth it.”

Po' Boy Brewery's tasting room hours will be 4-8 pm on Thursdays and Fridays, and noon-6 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.  There will be live music and food trucks, and visitors are encouraged to bring their own food or order delivery from nearby restaurants.   

More LI craft brewery openings are expected soon including The Brewers Collective in Bay Shore, which is continuing to recruit members for its beer club, the Skeleton Army.  

LIBeerGuide Destination Spotlight: Oyster Bay

Long Island beer lovers now have 10 towns that are beer destinations, where you can visit a brewery or brewpub, enjoy locally-brewed beers at a beer bar and dine at a gastropub or restaurant with great beer, all in just one day or half a day. Every month in 2017, LIBeerGuide Brewsletter will spotlight one of these beer destinations, all of which are listed at our Beer Destinations page.  

This month we feature Oyster Bay, the historic waterfront village on the north shore of Nassau County.  Oyster Bay is well known as the location of Sagamore Hill, Theodore Roosevelt's home that served as his Summer White House at the turn of the last century.  Today Oyster Bay is known as a great beer destination thanks to Oyster Bay Brewing Co., a fast-growing craft brewery; Canterbury Ales Oyster Bar & Grill, one of LI's best beer bars for over 30 years; and Spinnakers, a new restaurant specializing in seafood.

Oyster Bay Brewing Co. -- co-founders Gabe Haim and Ryan Schlotter caught the homebrewing bug in the late 2000s and in 2012 decided to turn their passion for beer into a business.  They started the brewery with a 3-bbl system in a small building on South Street and soon developed a fervent following for their beers, including Honey Ale made with local honey from Bee Haven in Locust Valley.  Distribution expanded across Long Island and to Citi Field and the Nassau Coliseum, for which the brewery made the popular Barn Rocker Ale (now served at Barclays Center). With demand growing, in February 2016 they moved around the corner to a larger location on Audrey Street, next to Canterbury Ales.  The 6,000 square foot space houses a 15-bbl system and enough room for canning equipment and a much larger tasting room with 24 taps.  Oyster Bay Brewing's tasting room is open 7 days a week and visitors are welcome to bring in or have food delivered.  

Canterbury Ales Oyster Bar & Grill -- Canterbury Ales opened in 1981 under the same ownership as the now closed, sorely missed Canterbury Ales in Huntington.  In 1985, Mark Fox took over sole ownership in Oyster Bay and focused on providing an extensive beer selection and the freshest oysters and seafood.  Today, Canterbury Ales Oyster Bar & Grill has 16 beers on tap and its famous "99 bottles of beer" selection, with a strong focus on craft beers from Long Island and across New York State.  The oysters and shellfish are always fresh and other seafood specialties include steamers, mussel pots, clam chowder and delicious fish and chips.  The handsomely decorated restaurant displays an extensive collection of Teddy Roosevelt and historic Oyster Bay memorabilia.  A great time to visit is Happy Hour on Monday to Friday from 4-7 pm, with $2 off all draft brews and discounted "Happetizers."

Spinnakers -- there are many restaurants to enjoy in Oyster Bay, including longtime favorites like The Homestead, Coach Grill & Tavern and the diner-style Taby's Burger House.  A newcomer, Spinnakers, opened last August in the South Street location last occupied by Jack Halyards and previously by Fiddleheads.  Spinnakers is worth a visit for the lively bar scene, including Oyster Bay Brewing beers on tap, and an interesting small plates menu featuring grilled oysters and octopus, lobster mac and cheese, crispy calamari and a variety of tasty salads.  

For visitors coming from New York City, Oyster Bay's beer destinations are within easy walking distance of the LIRR Oyster Bar station, the last stop on the Oyster Bay line.   


Upcoming Beer Festivals
Feb. 11 -- Hops & Props Craft Beer Festival, Cradle of Aviation Museum, Garden City.  VIP session 6-7 pm, Regular session 7-10 pm.  

Feb. 25 -- 4th Annual T.J. Finley's Winter Bourbon Festival, T.J. Finley's Public House in Bay Shore.  Featuring 30 Barrel Aged Beers and BBQ, 3-7 pm.

April 1 -- 11th Annual Spring Craft Beer Festival, Belmont Park.  Afternoon session 12:30-4 pm, Evening session 5:30-9 pm.

April 29-30 -- TAP New York Craft Beer & Food Festival, Hunter Mountain.  Saturday session 1-5 pm, Sunday session noon-4 pm.

For more festivals check out LIBeerGuide's Beer Festivals page.
Upcoming Events on Long Island
Jan. 26 -- Got Wood Barrel Aged Beer Event at Black Sheep Ale House, Mineola -- 25 barrel aged brews on tap starting at 4 pm  

Jan. 29 -- Awesome 80s Ski Trip to Hunter Mountain with LI Beer Bus/Tapped Enterprises -- after the slopes enjoy a BBQ tailgate with beers from Port Jeff Brewing and Destination Unknown Beer Co.

Feb. 11 -- Beer Dinner at Plattduetsche Park, Franklin Square -- 5 courses with Blue Point Beers, live music from Hat Trick -- 7 pm 

Mar. 11 -- Taps & Apps with Barrier Brewing Co. at Heneghan's Tavern in Point Lookout -- 1-4 pm

For more events check out LIBeerGuide's Events page.


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