Feburary is the shortest month and so this will be a short LIBeerGuide Brewsletter! As always, we thank our readers and advertisers for your support and we hope you are doing everything you can to help keep yourself and others safe and healthy. We are looking forward to getting a vaccine shot when it becomes available and hope the vaccines and continued smart behavior will help speed a return to normalcy! #StaySafeLongIsland Running to Help Feed Long Islanders in Need
The pandemic has increased the amount and severity of food insecurity on Long Island. Thankfully food banks and other organizations have stepped up to help meet the need. LIBeerGuide.com is proud to help support the work of one of those organizations, the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC), which has been helping organize food collections and delivering food and other supplies to communities across Long Island since the start of the shutdown.
LIBeerGuide is one of the sponsors of GLIRC's EisnerAmper Four Mile Race to Feed Long Island, which will be held live next Sunday, March 7, in Eisenhower Park. Runners also have the option of running the race on your own virtually and posting your results anytime between March 7 and March 14. Registration is open at this link, https://runsignup.com/.../FourMileRacetoFeedLongIsland, and GLIRC is also looking for volunteers to help collect food donations and with the race. Come have fun and help out fellow Long Islanders!
übergeek Brewing Takes Over Moustache Brewing Space in Riverhead
Just a few days after Riverhead became the craft brewing capital of Long Island with the grand opening of a sixth brewery taproom, another brewery in Riverhead decided to make a change. In a bit of serendipity, Moustache Brewing, which first opened on Hallett Avenue in 2014, will turn over its brewery and tasting room to übergeek Brewing Company, a new brewery founded by their former head brewer Rob Raffa. Raffa left Moustache in 2018 to start his own brewery and had been brewing his beers at other breweries, including Moustache, while searching for a permanent location.
Moustache, founded in 2012 by Lauri and Matt Spitz, had been one of Long Island's fastest growing breweries, expanding their brewing system to seven barrels in 2016 and attracting a loyal following for their flavorful and cheekily named brews such as Keep Off the Grass, Sailor Mouth and Awkward Conversations. In 2018, Moustache took over additional space in their building, expanding to 5,600 square feet including a 1,200 square foot tasting room, which was almost as large as the original space. According to Lauri, the pandemic hit them hard and Moustache filed for Chapter 11 over the summer to restructure the debt they had taken on to finance the expansion.
Raffa has taken over the lease for the space and is excited to start brewing more übergeek beers and putting his stamp on the tasting room, which will remain open with renovations expected to be completed in April. Moustache Brewing is not going away, its beers will continue to be contract brewed at other locations and Lauri and Matt will focus on expanding distribution with a team that includes Lauri’s sister, Kimberly Stoehr. Moustache currently self-distributes its beers throughout Long Island, New York City, Westchester and into the Hudson Valley.
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Craft Breweries Help Support Local Theaters
Performing arts groups on Long Island have been hit hard during the pandemic, and four Long Island breweries are doing their part to help out local theaters. Destination Unknown Beer Company (DUBCO) in Bay Shore, Spider Bite Brewing Co. in Holbrook, Greenport Harbor Brewing and Saint James Brewery in St. James are participating in the Curtain Up beer project to produce beers for charity. 56 breweries in 11 states have been participating by brewing their version of a hazy IPA, with the breweries donating to the Actors Fund and local performing arts groups in their areas.
Sales of DUBCO's version of Curtain Up are benefiting the Argyle Theatre in Babylon, while proceeds from Spider Bite's version will benefit the CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale. Saint James Brewery, which opened a new tasting room in St. James last March, will give proceeds from its version to local efforts to revitalize the former Calderone movie theater in St. James.
Supporters of the Curtain Up initiative are also invited to participate in a Backyard Brewfest on March 27 sponsored by Drink Like a Girl. Participants can order Curtain Up beer to either be delivered to your home or to be picked up at a local brewery. The virtual event on March 27 will include tastings with some of the brewers, live musical performances and more. DUBCO, Saint James Brewery and Spider Bite are all participating along with 12 other New York State breweries including Big aLICe from Queens, Flagship from Staten Island and 18 Ward from Brooklyn. Curtain Up on some great craft beer!
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