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Craft Breweries Open and Expand Across Long Island
SquareHead was founded by father and son team Dave and Brad Jordan in 2013 and is licensed as a New York State farm brewery. The founders, who live in Holbrook just a few blocks from the brewery, did most of the construction of the tap room themselves. They took advantage of the long wait for permits to perfect recipes, including unusual beers such as Pistachio Pilsner and more traditional IPAs and stouts. They also barrel aged several beers, which were served at the grand opening. The name SquareHead is a slang term for a Scandinavian, according to Dave Jordan who is half Swedish. The tap room will initially be open on Fridays from 5-9 pm, Saturdays from 1-9 pm and Sundays from 1-6 pm.
Pat Harten and Dan Scandiffi of Long Beach Brewing Co.
at the Crossroads Farm Oktoberfest on Oct. 13
Several brewery tap rooms are planning to open before the end of the year, including Patchogue Beer Project, Bellport Brewing and Secatogue Brewing in West Islip. Other craft breweries are making progress on building out their facilities and navigating the always lengthy permitting process. Long Beach Brewing and Flying Belgian Brewery have started construction on the new brewery and tap room that they will share in Oceanside, with plans to open in early 2019. Bright Eye Beer Company, formerly Point Lookout Brewing, has signed a lease for a 5,000 square foot space on Park Avenue in Long Beach across from the LIRR station. The new brewery will feature a 15 barrel brewhouse and a tap room, with plans to open in late summer 2019.
In addition to all the new brewery openings, many Long Island craft breweries have been expanding their breweries and tasting rooms to keep up with growing demand. Destination Unknown Beer Co. (DUBCO) in Bay Shore recently completed the installation of a new 10 barrel brewhouse and will use its original 3 barrel brewhouse for test batches, seasonal and barrel-aged beers. BrewSA Brewing in Freeport, which has a 15 barrel brewhouse, recently installed two new 7 barrel Unitanks which will be used for seasonal and one-off beers. Moustache Brewing in Riverhead held the grand opening in early October of its new tasting room, which is now larger than the entire brewery was before the expansion. Earlier this year, Garvies Point Craft Brewery expanded from a 3.5 barrel system to a 10 barrel system. And of course Long Island's largest craft brewery, Blue Point Brewing, celebrated the opening of its new 60,000 barrel brewery in Patchogue and its 20th anniversary with a party on Oct. 13 that attracted thousands of Long Island beer lovers.
Pumpkin Beers in the Spotlight at Fall Beer Fest
Long Island's newest beer festival, the Fall Beer Fest, was held in Farmingdale on Oct. 20 and attracted a fun crowd that enjoyed craft beers, live music and comedy, food trucks and lawn games including cornhole provided by Li-Kick.
Harbor Head Brewing from Northport won the vote for Best Pumpkin Beer
at the Long Island Fall Beer Fest
One of the highlights of the festival was the chance to taste a wide selection of Pumpkin beers and vote for the best overall. Among the Long Island breweries entered in the competition were Barnshed Brewing, Lithology Brewing, Oyster Bay Brewing and the winner, Harbor Head Brewing from Northport with its Headless Helmsman ale, featuring pumpkin pie spices and a smooth 7.4% ABV.
Lithoology Brewing and Barnshed Brewing at the
Long Island Fall Beer Fest
LIBeerGuide had a fun time at the festival and congrats to the winners of our raffles: Darby, Allen, Julie and Neil. The organizer of the Fall Beer Fest, Mike Marra, raffled off a Hopsy home tap system. If you were not the lucky winner at the festival, there is a special discount for the Hopsy available to LIBeerGuide readers. Enjoy!