LIBeerGuide Brewsletter -- March 2019
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March 2019
According to the calendar, spring season is here, but while we wait for true spring weather to arrive LI beer lovers are looking forward to spring beerfest season.  In addition to festivals across Long Island, the 22nd annual TAP New York Festival will be held on the last weekend in April at Hunter Mountain.  For info on this and all other festivals check out the Beer Festivals page on 

Another sign that spring is in the air is the return of group party bikes to the streets of Riverhead, cycling between visits to craft breweries.  Brew Crew Cycles will start its 5th year of beer experiences on April 6 and one of the breweries they visit is Moustache Brewing, which will celebrate its 5th anniversary on April 19 and 20.  Congrats to both and enjoy the ride!   

Barrier Brewing Wins Contest for Best Brew of New York State 

Oceanside’s Barrier Brewing Co. won statewide bragging rights for Best Brew of New York in the finals of a recent competition held at the Brookfield Place shopping, dining and office complex in lower Manhattan.  Barrier’s Shadows and Dust, a New England-style IPA, received the most votes from attendees, topping beers from two New York City breweries (Harlem Brewing and Bronx Brewery) and two upstate breweries (Syracuse’s Empire Brewing and Westchaster's Captain Lawrence). 
Barrier Brewing reached the finals by beating out four other LI craft breweries -- Blue Point Brewing, Greenport Harbor Brewing, Oyster Bay Brewing and Montauk Brewing -- in an earlier round on Feb. 28.  Preliminary rounds were also held for breweries from New York City and Upstate New York.
Barrier's Brian Winget serves the winning beer and accepts award

All four rounds of the Best Brews of New York competition were held in the Winter Garden of Brookfield Place, which was transformed into a biergarten highlighting the beers from across New York State paired with food from Brookfield Place’s top eateries.  All proceeds from beer sales, which totaled over $60,000, will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.
Long Island beer lovers can taste the winning beer and all of Barrier’s wide range of beers at the brewery’s tap room, open every day except Tuesday.  Barrier’s beers will also be featured at a Taps and Apps event on April 6 at Heneghan’s Tavern in Point Lookout.    


LIBeerGuide Destination Spotlight: Massapequa  

For over 50 years Massapequa has been a go-to destination for burgers, with the iconic All American Drive-In on Merrick Road serving up tasty burgers at reasonable prices since 1963.  Today, burger lovers visiting Massapequa can enhance the experience with great craft beer at many gastropubs and upscale burger joints that have opened over the past decade.

The start of the gastropub boom in Massapequa can be traced to the opening of The Good Life on Park Blvd. in Massapequa Park in 2010.  The British-themed pub, with a red phone booth serving as its front door, blazed a trail with 22 beers on tap and 70 more craft and imported beers in bottles. The Good Life’s burger menu has more than 10 different varieties including its flagship burger topped with gruyere cheese, blue cheese fondue and bacon jam.  
In 2016, the gastropub trend continued on Park Blvd. with the opening of The Tap Room, an offshoot of the popular Patchogue pub that opened in 2011.  The Tap Room upped the craft beer game with 36 taps focused on Long Island craft breweries, including a tap tower dedicated to Blue Point Brewing beers.  The Tap Room’s menu includes pub favorites like wings, tacos and mussel pots, and features seven different burgers that can be made with beef, turkey or veggie patties, including a whiskey burger with Jameson-infused bacon.  

The newest addition to the Park Blvd. scene is The Dark Horse Tavern, which opened last fall.  The Massapequa Park location is the third for Dark Horse Tavern, joining sister pubs in Rockville Centre and Farmingdale.  Dark Horse Tavern offers 17 beers on tap and a pub menu highlighted by 21 different flavors of wings and 10 different burgers.  The flagship Tavern Burger is made with sirloin, topped with cheddar and special Dark Horse sauce, and served on an English muffin.

On the south side of Massapequa are two burger-focused restaurants that also highlight craft beer.  GM Burger Bar, part of the George Martin restaurant group, opened in 2015 in the Southgate Shopping Center on Merrick Road across from Massapequa High School.  The family-friendly restaurant greets diners with a bucket of hot popcorn and has eight beers on tap including Barrier Brewing’s popular Money IPA.  Burgers at GM Burger Bar can be created by the diner with a choice of beef, turkey, chicken or veggie quinoa patties, a variety of cheeses and other toppings, and multiple bun options including gluten-free rolls.  There are also 13 specialty burgers including the Ahi Five-0 made with grilled ahi tuna with sweet chili glaze and pineapple on a King’s Hawaiian roll. 
New York Burger Bar, which opened on Merrick Road in 2015, quickly shot to the top of Best Burger lists on Long Island with its Juicy Lucy burger.  The Juicy Lucy, made with a proprietary blend of prime beef, is stuffed with American cheese and topped with caramelized onion, tomato, pickles and creamy house sauce on a torta bun. There are 15 other specialty burgers or diners can create a burger by choosing the protein, bun and toppings separately, with protein choices including Kobe beef, aged Prime beef, turkey, ahi tuna and veggie.  New York Burger Bar's tasty burgers can be enjoyed with one of the 20 draft beers on tap, or with homemade milkshakes, bottled craft sodas or an old fashioned New York egg cream.   

Other locations for great burgers and beer in Massapequa include Johnny McGorey's Pub next to the Massapequa Park LIRR station and Ciao Baby Kitchen on Sunrise Highway.  Enjoy your visit to Massapequa and for more LI Beer Destinations please click here.
LI brewery partners include BrewSA and Moustache Brewing
Upcoming Beer Festivals

April 13 -- Blue Point Cask Ale Festival at Blue Point's new brewery, 225 W. Main Street in Patchogue -- 2-6 pm

April 27 -- Spring Craft Beer Festival, Belmont Park Race Track -- VIP session 12:30-1:30 pm, General Admission 1:30-5 pm

April 27-28 -- TAP New York Festival, Hunter Mountain -- Bus Trip from Long Island on April 27

May 11 - Nautical Mile Craft Brew Festival at Tropix on the Mile in Freeport -- 1 - 4:30 pm, 6 - 9:30 pm 

For more LI beerfests click here
Upcoming Beer Events and Runs

April 6 -- Taps and Apps with Barrier Brewing at Heneghan's Tavern in Point Lookout, 1 - 4 pm

April 17 -- 5-course beer dinner with Lithology Brewing at Savoy Tavern in Merrick, 7 - 9 pm

May 11 -- 23rd Annual B.E.E.R. Homebrew Competition -- Brewers East End Revival at Great South Bay Brewery in Bay Shore

May 19 -- 15-K Run to Port Jeff Brewing, start and finish at brewery, 8:30 am with post-race party

For more beer dinners, tasting events and beer runs click here.


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