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LIBeerGuide Brewsletter -- June 2019
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June 2019
Summer is here on Long Island and finding great beer is easy -- and getting easier all the time as more brewereries open, more beer festivals and beer events are held, beer stores offer greater variety and the homebrewing community continues to grow.  Long Island's vibrant bar and restaurant scene has also embraced great beer, with more restaurants and gastropubs offering a large selection of craft beer and making sure that menus offer locally-grown items that pair well with local beers.  In this issue of LIBeerGuide Brewsletter, we take a look at new bars, gastropubs and bottle shops that have opened recently.  
 
New Places to Enjoy Great Beer on LI

Blind Bat Brewery & Bistro, Centerport -- craft beer lovers on Long island are very familiar with Blind Bat Brewery, founded by Paul Dlugoknecky in 2008.  Dlugoknecky had been homebrewing for 7 years before deciding to turn his garage in Centerport into a nanobrewery, making very small batches of beer that he sold at the Northport Farmers Market and a limited number of beer stores.  Blind Bat developed a passionate following for its full flavored beers made with local ingredients including Long Island Potato Stout and Sweet Potato Saison.  After more than 6 years of searching for a location to build a brewery, including false starts in Smithtown, Northport and Farmingdale, Dlugoknecky found a location close to home in Centerport.  In addition to a larger brewery, the new location will have a bistro with locally sourced food, including New York State cheeses, to enjoy with Blind Bat beers on tap.  Blind Bat held soft openings at the brewery and bistro this weekend and plans to announce regular operating hours soon.

Effin Beauty, Bellmore -- this new gastropub from the owners of American Beauty Bistro in Massapequa took over the location previously occupied by beloved beer bar Effin Gruven for 20 years.  The new owners have kept the funky vibe with no TVs or children allowed, and added a tasty menu of small plates and burgers to pair with 24 draft beers and an extensive can and bottle list, along with a large selection of cocktails.   
 

EGP Land & Sea, Island Park -- this offshoot of popular gastropub EGP Oceanside takes over the former location of Montego Bay, a bar across the street from Jordan Lobster Farms and Backyard Bar that survived Superstorm Sandy but never fully recovered and closed in 2011.  EGP Land & Sea spruced up the decor and features 24 beers on tap and a menu heavy on burgers, wings, steaks and pub food but also plenty of seafood items

Hops Scotch Bottle Shop, Deer Park -- this new bottle shop offers 24 beers on tap to enjoy on premise by the glass or to take away in growlers.  The store also has a large selection of cans and bottles to take away.  In addition, Hops Scotch offers DIY charcuterie boards where you can build your own platter from a selection of New York State cheese and charcuterie.  The shop plans to offer regular tasting events and workshops including beer and cheese pairings and beginner homebrew classes.  
 
The Linwood Restaurant & Cocktails, Bay Shore --  Linwood opened in a location recently occupied by Fatwood, a barbecue restaurant, but has undergone a complete renovation to evoke an ornate speakeasy look.  The co-owners include Drew Dvorkin, who also owns T.J. Finley's and Local Burger Co. in Bay Shore, and chef Henry Freidank III.  The menu features upscale takes on comfort food such as mac & cheese, sliders and fried chicken along with more inventive dishes.  There are 10 beer on tap along with more in cans and bottles.
 
Other gastropubs are expanding on Long Island, with two expected to open this summer.  Tap Room Bay Shore is planning to open on Main Street in the location of the short-lived Big Daddy's East.  This will be the third location for the popular gastropub following the original Tap Room Patchogue and second outpost, Tap Room Massapequa Park.  Riley's East, a second location of the popular F.H. Riley's in Huntington, is planning to open soon on Larkfield Road in East Northport near the LIRR station.   
 
Three LI Homebrewers Win Silver Medals at Homebrew Con

Over 50 members of Long Island's three homebrew clubs were in Providence this past weekend for Homebrew Con, the largest annual gathering of homebrewers from across the country with 3,000 attendees.  The LI clubs banded together under the banner of the Association of Long Island Homebrew Clubs (AssLIHC) and served a wide variety of homebrewed beers, ciders and mead at club night, HomeBrew Con's homebrew beer festival.
 
 

Another major part of Homebrew Con is the awarding of medals in the National Homebrew Competition, organized annually by the American Homebrewers Association.  This competition attracts over 8,000 entries from across the U.S. and close to 20 other countries.  Preliminary judging rounds are held in cities around the country and final judging and awards are done at HomeBrew Con, with medals given in 34 catergories.  
  
Three homebrewers from Long Island took home Silver Medals this year, with John DiSpirito of AssLIHC winning in the Brown British Beer category, which had a total 259 entries nationwide.  Joseph Daly of Valley Stream won in the Fruit Beer category and Joseph Malizia of Valley Stream won in the European Sour Ale category.  Congrats to all the winners!  The next Homebrew Con will be held in Nashville on June 18-20, 2020.  
 
 
Hopsy SUB Home Tap System with 2 minikegs and 2 Hopsy glasses = $49
 

Small Craft Brewery Expands in Amityville
 
Two brothers who started as homebrewers and followed their dream to turn professional are finding success just one year after opening their brewery.  Gerard and Greg Sims founded Small Craft Brewing in 2014 and officially opened in Amityville in March 2018.  This year they have expanded the brewery to increase production, including canning beers for retail distribution.
 

To read more about Small Craft Brewing's expansion, click here to read LIBeerGuide's profile in the June issue of the Long Island Press
Summer Street Festivals with Great Beer

July 2, 16 and 30, and Aug. 13  -- Bay Shore Alive by the Bay -- summer festival on Main Street with live music, arts and crafts vendors and craft beer from DUBCO, Blue Point and others

July 3 and 18, and Aug. 1 and 15 -- Riverhead Alive on 25 -- live music on 8 stages, food trucks and local beer from Moustache Brewing, Long Ireland Beer, North Fork, Greenport Harbor and others

July 11 and 25, and Aug. 8 and 22 -- Farmingdale Music on Main -- live music on Main Street with food and craft beer from Lithology Brewing, Croxley Ales, That Meetball Place and other sponsors

July 11 and 25 and Aug. 8 -- Patchogue Alive After Five -- 6 stages of live music, food trucks and craft beer from BrickHouse Brewery, Blue Point Brewing, Patchogue Beer Project and others
Upcoming Beer Festivals and Other Beer Events

July  26 -- The Summer Friday at Blue Point Brewpub in Patchogue -- live music from New Politics and other local acts, backyard games, free admission 3 10 pm

July 31 -- Long Beach Taste on the Plaza at Kennedy Plaza outside Long Beach City Hall -- opening night of the Long Beach International Film Festival with tastes from over 30 local restaurants, breweries, wineries and others, 7-10 pm

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

 

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LIBeerGuide  
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