LIBeerGuide Brewsletter -- Special Edition - Oktoberfest 2017
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Oktoberfest 2017
Welcome to our new subscribers and we hope that everyone is enjoying Oktoberfest season on Long Island.  The 184th Munich Oktoberfest came to a close on October 7, and over the 18 days of the festival it is estimated that 6.2 million guests visited and over 7.5 million liters of beer were enjoyed.  While we haven't reached those numbers on Long Island (yet) this month, there are plenty more opportunities to celebrate and enjoy great German beer and food.  Here are just a few of the Oktoberfest events coming up across Long Island, and for a full list check out the LI Oktoberfest Celebrations page on

October 14 - 1-4 pm, Oktoberfest Taps & Apps at Heneghan's Tavern in Point Lookout featuring beers from Garvies Point Brewery

October 14 - 1-6 pm, Crossroads Farm 5th Annual Oktoberfest at Grossman's Farm in Malverne

October 21 - 1-5:30 pm, Punktoberfest at Great South Bay Brewery in Bay Shore

October 26 - 7-11 pm, Oktoberfest at Ciao Baby in Massapequa Park

Great Beer Expo Back at Nassau Coliseum

After five years at Belmont Park, the Great Beer Expo is returning to the renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.  The festival will have afternoon and evening sessions on November 11, which appropriately is Veterans Day.  Festival organizers Starfish Junction will donate a portion of each ticket sold to Long Island-based charity Project 9 Line, which assists veterans with the transition to civilian life.

Long Island Beer & Malt Enthusiasts (LIBME) homebrew club will hold the judging for its 5th Annual Beer & Mead Competition during the Great Beer Expo  on Nov. 11.  The Best of Show Mead and Beer winners will be announced from the floor of the festival at the evening session and all entrants in the competition will receive deeply discounted tickets to that session.

Blue Point Breaks Ground for New Brewery

Blue Point Brewing Company held a groundbreaking ceremony on September 27 for its new brewery at 225 W. Main Street in Patchogue.  The site was formerly the long-time home of a lace factory torn down over 20 years ago, and most recently housed the now-closed Briarcliffe College.  The 54,000 square foot building will now be transformed into a state-of-the-art brewery with a second floor restaurant and tasting room overlooking the brewing operations.

LIBeerGuide Publisher Bernie Kilkelly with Pete and Mark in 1999,
and at the groundbreaking with Mark last month

The new brewery, which will also feature an outdoor beer garden, is expected to open next summer, just in time for the 20th anniversary of Blue Point’s founding by Long Island natives Pete Cotter and Mark Burford.  Burford, who now serves as brewmaster emeritus, was the emcee at the groundbreaking and said, “We’re proud to break ground on our new brewery right here in Patchogue where it all began.”  The new brewery is expected to have an annual capacity of 60,000 barrels, substantially higher than Blue Point’s original brewery on River Avenue, just a half mile away. 
BrickHouse Brewery Completes Renovation

Also in Patchogue, another pioneering brewery recently completed a major renovation.  BrickHouse Brewery, Long Island’s oldest brewpub that celebrated its 21st anniversary in June, renovated its kitchen to allow for a more innovative menu featuring several Asian-Creole-fusion seafood dishes.  The new menu was designed by executive chef Phil Capobianco, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America who joined BrickHouse in the spring.  In addition to the new dishes, delicious burgers and favorites like Buffalo wings, Nitro Boom chili and shepherd’s pie will continue to be featured.  The new menu is also designed to complement BrickHouse’s beers brewed by brewmaster Paul Komsic.  Seasonal beers this fall include Disruptor, a traditional German Kolsch hopped like a West Coast IPA, and DePeach Mode, a strong ale (8.25%) made with white peaches and apricots.

Brewmaster Paul Komsic at work in the brewhouse 


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