LIBeerGuide Brewsletter -- November 2019
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November 2019
LIBeerGuide wishes all of our readers a Happy Thanksgiving and a very Happy Thanksgiving Eve, one of the busiest nights of the year for local pubs and brewery tap rooms. Among the festivities tonight will be the grand opening of a new bar and restaurant in Bayport, JT's Farmhouse. More details are below and congrats to owners Justin and Pete, prost! 

At this time of year we are especially thankful for the support of our subscribers and advertisers, including new advertisers highlighted below.  Of course, we are very thankful for beer, and I was happy to be included in a recent article in Edible Long Island as one of 15 Long Island beer industry pros sharing the beer they are most thankful for.  Check out the article here and many thanks to esteemed writer Niko Krommydas.    
LI Breweries Win Medals at Great American Beer Festival

Two craft breweries from Long Island took home medals from the 33rd annual Great American Beer Festival competition held in October in Denver.  The GABF is the largest beerfest in North America and this year's competition attracted over 9.000 entries from 2,295 breweries across the country, with entries from all 50 states plus Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Barrage Brewing Company of Farmingdale took home its first-ever GABF medal, a Silver in the Other Belgian Style Ale category, for its Conquer Then Divide strong ale.  Founder and brewmaster Steve Pominski accepted the medal from GABF founder and homebrew pioneer Charlie Papazian.  Congrats to Steve and the entire Barrage crew! 
In what has become an almost annual ritual, Great South Bay Brewery of Bay Shore took home a Bronze medal in the Honey Beer category for its Jetty Cream Ale.  GSB also won a Silver medal for Jetty in 2017 and a Gold medal in 2016, and previously won medals for other beers in 2015 and 3013.

In other competition news, Spider Bite Beer Co. of Holbrook won four medals at the 23rd annual Great International Beer, Cider, Mead & Sake Competition held in October in Bridgeport, CT.  The medals included two Silvers for Bourbon Barrel Aged Boris Jr., a Russian Imperial Stout, and Love at First Bite Chocolate Raspberry Porter, and two Bronzes for Black Toes Black NEIPA and Open Wide IIPA.

Long Island's Only Party Bike and Beer Experience for Sale

After five years of fun bringing beer lovers on pedal bike tours in Riverhead, the founders of Brew Crew Cycles are looking for an enthusiastic and passionate person or company to continue the success of their unique business.  The company's 14-person pedal bikes have transported more than 16,000 happy customers to breweries such as Moustache Brewing, Long Ireland Beer Co. and North Fork Brewing as well as Birchwood Tap Room in Riverhead's Polishtown.   

The business is an established turnkey operation unlike anything else on Long Island.  For more information click on this link or email Vicki at
New Craft Brewery Tap Room Opens in Nassau County

South Shore Craft Brewery celebrated the Grand Opening of its tap room in Oceanside on Nov. 9 with hundreds of craft beer lovers turning out to enjoy live music from Tri State Alehouse and food from Schnitz & Gigglez food truck. Located on Hampton Road in an industrial section near Oil City, South Shore was founded in 2017 by Nick Cimorelli and Hugh Howard, longtime teachers at East Rockaway High School who were also longtime homebrewers.  The two friends are active members of the Handgrenades Homebrew Club and together shared a dream of starting their own brewery. After finding a location, they spent more than 18 months building out a brewhouse with a one-barrel brewing system (eventually to be 7 barrels) as well as a spacious rustic-style tap room with ample seating at the long wooden bar and plenty of room for additional tables.  

South Shore is a New York State farm brewery and sources the majority of its ingredients from suppliers and growers in the Empire State. At the grand opening party, South Shore had 12 of its own beers on tap and also serves other New York State-produced beverages including meads from W.A. Meadwerks in Lindenhurst as well as local ciders and wines.  
South Shore’s tap room was the eighth new brewery tap room to open on Long Island this year, bringing the total number of brewery tap rooms and brewpubs across the Island to 43.  Several craft breweries are reportedly weeks away from opening their tap rooms, including Ghost Brewing and HopWin's Brewery in Bay Shore, Bright Eye Beer Company in Long Beach, Moriches Field Brewing in Center Moriches and Motion Craft Brewed in Massapequa Park. 

One of Long Island's oldest brewpubs, Farmingdale's Black Forest Brew Haus founded in 1999, recently stopped brewing its own beers.  The German restaurant now features draft beers from Germany and German-style beers from local craft breweries.
Blue Point Loses ALCS Wager to Houston Brewery

More than bragging rights were on the line in this year's American League Championship Series as Long Island's Blue Point Brewing and Houston's Karbach Brewing placed a wager in support of their respective home teams.  If the Yankees had won the ALCS, then Karbach would have brewed and served Blue Point's Pinstripe Pils at their brewery in Houston. 

As Yankee fans in particular know, the Astros took the series and as a result Blue Point brewed Karbach's Astros-branded Crawford Bock at its brewery and served it at the Blue Point Brewpub. Karbach's brewmaster Chris Juergen and his team came to Patchogue on Nov. 4 to assist Blue Point's brewmaster Rob Captielli and his team.  Crawford Bock is a rich malty brew named for the Crawford Boxes behind Minute Maid Park's left field wall, which is parallel to Crawford Street in downtown Houston. 

With any luck, next year a local craft brewery will be placing a World Series wager with Karbach in support of the New York Mets -- wouldn't it be great to have Polar Bear Pils brewed in Houston?
Upcoming Beer  Events and Festivals on LI

Dec. 14 -- 9th Annual Sleigh Rye'd Pub Crawl from Tapped Enterprises -- kicks off at Great South Bay Brewery in Bay Shore at noon with visits to James Joyce Pub, Tap Room Bay Shore, Sayville Athletic Club and Post Office Cafe.

Dec. 14 -- Ugly Sweater Christmas Party at Long Ireland Beer Co. in Riverhead -- 6 pm

Dec. 21 -- Ugly Sweater Christmas Party at Po'Boy Brewery in Port Jeffeson Station -- 4:30 pm

Feb. 8, 2020 -- Hops & Props Craft Beer Festival at Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City -- VIP 6-7 pm, General Admission 7-10 pm 

For more LI beer events check out our Events page.
New Places to Enjoy Beer on LI 

JT's Farmhouse, Bayport -- opening today in the 151-year-old farmhouse that formerly housed Grey Horse Tavern.  Local restaurant owner Justin Tempelman and Blue Point Brewing co-founder Pete Cotter teamed up to renovate the historic building, which will feature local musicians in the bar with 22 craft beer taps curated by Cotter. 

Sayville Athletic Club -- opened in October next to LIRR station in the former Perry's Pub space.  New take on sports bar with 12 craft beers on tap and upscale pub grub.  

Craft Kitchen & Taphouse Wantagh -- second location for Craft, which has a pub and beer garden in Lynbrook.  The new location in the former space of Hemingways has a spacious bar with 24 beers on tap including many LI craft beers.


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