LIBeerGuide Brewsletter -- August 2019
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August 2019
The unofficial end of summer is here and we wish all of our readers a happy Labor Day Weekend!  Welcome to our new subscibers, especially those we met at the Taste on the Plaza event at the Long Beach International Film Festival.  Congrats to Jeff, the winner of our raffle for a HOPSY SUB Home Tap System.
Busy Summer for Brewery Tap Room Openings

The number of craft brewery tap rooms continues to climb on Long Island, with four breweries opening tap rooms this summer.  This brings the total number of brewery tap rooms and brewpubs to 41.  The new tap rooms include:

27A Brewing Company, Lindenhurst -- 27A Brewing is the first brewery to open in Lindenhurst in 70 years.  The brewery was founded by Lindenhurst natives Ryan Cooke and Melissa Bates, who are engaged to be married.  Cooke started out as a homebrewer and then worked at Greenpoint Brewing and for Iron Heart Canning Company.   The tap room is curently open on weekends and plans to add additional days in the fall.

Blind Bat Brewery & Bistro, Centerport -- Blind Bat Brewery was founded by Paul Dlugoknecky in 2008 and after more than 6 years of searching for a location to build a brewery, has found a home in Centerport   In addition to a larger brewery, the new location features a bistro with locally sourced food, including New York State cheeses, to enjoy with Blind Bat beers on tap.  The bistro is currently open on weekends and plans to add additional days in the fall.

Noble Savage Brewing Co., Glen Cove -- Owner and brewmaster Frank Bilello started out as a homebrewer and also worked at Oyster Bay Brewing before striking out on his own in Glen Cove.  He gutted the interior of a building that used to house a real estate office and dental office, and created a rustic tap room that features his handmade barstools.  The tap room is open Thursdays to Sundays. 

Old Tappan Brew Co. in Bayville -- Old Tappan, named after a winding road in Glen Cove, was founded by longtime friends Matthew Cryan and Brent Kunkle in a 1,200 sq. ft. building that formerly housed a dance studio, The brewery opened in July with a 1 barrel brewing system but is already planning to expand its brewhouse.  The tap room is currently open only on Saturdays and Sundays.

Several more breweries are in various stages of construction and permitting and hope to open their tap rooms later this year, including:  Bright Eye Beer Co. in Long Beach, Flying Belgian Brewery and Long Beach Brewing in Oceanside, HopWins Brewery in Bay Shore, Ghost Brewing in Bay Shore, Motion Craft Brewed in Massapequa Park, and South Shore Craft Brewery in Oceanside.  A rare brewery closing on Long Island also happened this summer as Crooked Ladder Brewing in Riverhead closed its doors after operating since 2013. 
HopWins Brewery Wins BREW'D Competition at LI Craft Classic

The third annual Long Island BREW'D competition was held at the Long Island Craft Classic beerfest on August 10 at Heckscher State Park.  This year the special ingredient for participating breweries to use was mango, and 9 Long Island craft breweries entered beers ranging in style from IPAs to sours to hard cider.  HopWins Brewery from Bay Shore, which is close to opening a tap room at its brewery, took home the gold, receiving the most votes for their milkshake IPA called But That Mango.
Winners of the BREW'D competition:  Brewery winner HopWins hoists the Golden Keg,
William and Rhiannon Hoppe, Jennifer and Steve Winn;
and Homebrew winners show off the Golden Tap: Jennifer and Tim Davis

For the first time, the BREW'D competition also included a homebrewer category, which featured 8 homebrews ranging in style from double IPAs and wheat beers to hard cider and spiked seltzer.  The Golden Tap award was won by the wife and husband team of Jennifer and Tim Davis of Long Island Beer & Malt Enthusiasts (LIBME) homebrew club.  The duo won with their Last Mango in Paris, a hard cider brewed with mango and lactose.
New Craft Cares Brew Debuts at Marcum Workplace Challenge

23 breweries from the Long Island Brewers Guild collaborated for charity to create this year’s Craft Cares beer: a 5.3% lightly dry hopped wheat ale with citrus peel. The beer was made with New York State hops including Nugget hops from Peconic's North Fork Brewing Co. Hopyard in the dry hop and Centennial hops from the Hudson Valley's Hop Brothers in the boil.  The beer was brewed at Ghost Brewing Co. in Bay Shore and canned in 16 oz. cans for distribution at the 23 participating breweries.  

This year the Long Island Brewers Guild teamed up with leading accounting firm Marcum to introduce Craft Cares beer at the popular Marcum Workplace Challenge 3.5 mile run/walk at Jones Beach on July 30.  Proceeds from sales of Craft Cares and donated cans of food are going to four beneficiaries:  Long Island Cares-The Harry Chapin Food Bank; Long Island Children’s Museum; Nassau County SPCA and Children’s Medical Fund of New York. The beer is still available at some of the 23 breweries and you can get one can in exchange for two cans of food, or get a 4-pack by donating $20 or more through this link and showing your receipt at one of the breweries (donation must be competed in the tasting room).

Brew News from Around the Island 
Sunrise Ales & Lagers, formerly Bellport Brewing, which is constructing its new brewery and tasting room in Bohemia, recently brewed a large batch of a new IPA at Oyster Bay Brewing Co., resulting in 125 cases that will be distributed statewide.  The new beer, Slumlord IPA, is made with New York State honey malts and dry hopped with New York State Centennial hops for a powerfully hoppy but smooth flavor. 

Blue Point Brewing is planning to open its first brewpub outside of Patchogue this fall.  The nautical-themed pub, called The Hull, will be located underneath Seamore's restaurant in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood.  The Hull will have a small brewing system that will be used for experimental beers. 

Great South Bay Brewery recently introduced a major rebranding of its can packaging and will no longer bottle its beers.  The rebranding reflects the brewery's commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and establishing a simple, consistent, can design to help its beers stand out on store shelves.  
Upcoming Beer  Festivals

Sept. 7  -- New York Craft Beer Festival at Belmont Park -- 1st annual featuring over 60 New York State craft breweries including many from Long Island.  VIP session 1:30-2:30, General Admission 2:30-6 pm.

Sept. 21 -- Fresh Hop Festival at Jamesport Farm Brewery, 12:30-4 pm -- 4th annual fest featuring wet hop beers from Jamesport FB and local craft breweries, along with other seasonal beers, food truck and live music.

Sept. 22 --  Taps and Talons fundrasier at Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown, 2 -6 pm.  15 local breweries and live music.

For more LI beerfests check out our Beer Festivals page.
Oktoberfest Celebrations 

Sept. 14 -- 12th Annual Oktoberfest at TJ Finley's in Bay Shore, 3-9 PM.  German beer, food and music with stein holding contest.

Sept. 22 -- Ompahfest at Plattduetsche Park Biergarten in Franklin Square, noon-9 pm.  Annual outdoor celebration with German food, beer and bands and dancers from Germany and Austria.
Sept. 28 -- DUBTOBERFest at Destination Unknown Beer Co. in Bay Shore, VIP 1-2, General Admission 2-6 pm.  Oktoberfest style beers from New York State breweries and meaderies. German food and live music.

For more Oktoberfest celebrations on Long Island, check out our LI Oktoberfest page.


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