LIBeerGuide Brewsletter -- February 2019
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February 2019
Welcome Long Island beer lovers and especially our new subscribers from the Hops & Props Festival at the Cradle of Aviation Museum.  We had a fun time at the fest and it was great to meet many loyal readers, we appreciate your support! 

In addition to bringing you the latest news on the LI beer scene, LIBeerGuide Brewsletter is pleased to offer our readers special discounts on beer festivals, other beer events and beer products, including a huge discount through February 28 on the Hopsy Home Tap System.  Enjoy!
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Blue Point Previews New Restaurant and Tap Room 

Blue Point Brewing recently gave a sneak preview to the media of the new restaurant and tap room it plans to open in mid-April at its new brewery in Patchogue.  The 54,000 sq. ft. brewery, located on the former site of Briarcliffe College on West Main Street, started production last summer.  According to brewmaster Mike "Stoney" Stoneburg, the new brewery is already brewing 240 barrels per day, compared to 90 barrels per day at the old River Avenue brewery, and will increase production as more beers come on line.  Blue Point has made over 40 different beers at the new brewery so far, and Stoneburg said "we're excited to have the expanded capacity to dream up more great beers,"   
Brewmaster Mike "Stoney" Stoneburg at Blue Point's new Patchogue brewery

The new restaurant and tap room is under construction on the second floor of the brewery and will have windows on one side overlooking the brewhouse and the other side overlooking Patchogue Lake.  The tap room will have a long bar with 30 taps, including dedicated taps for firkins.  The restaurant will feature a raw bar with locally-sourced oysters from local oyster expert Keenan Boyle (aka @TallMuthaShucker). 

Artist rendering of Blue Point tap room overlooking the brewhouse and Patchogue Lake

The restaurant's menu, designed by executive chef Charley Sinden, will feature locally-sourced ingredients including Smoked Amagansett Sea Salt, brioche buns from Southampton's Blue Duck Bakery, local goat cheese and other cheeses and greens.  One of the signature dishes is sure to be the Blue Point Burger, topped with local greens, bleu cheese, house-made pickles, bacon remoulade and a crispy fried Blue Point oyster.  Chef Sinden, who was previously a chef at brewpubs in Seattle and Denver, is an expert at incorporating beer into his recipes.  Several menu items use Blue Point brews, including a warm kale salad with walnuts caramelized in Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout, local cod battered in IPA for fish and chips, fries made with potatoes brined in Beach Plum Gose, and Toasted Lager broth for steamed mussels. 

Bernie with Executive Chef Charley Sinden

In addition to the restaurant, Sinden will oversee a food truck that will be parked next to a new outdoor beer garden set to open this summer.  "The new brewpub has so many great features," said Jenna Lally, Blue Point's president.  "We know the people of Long Island and beyond are going to love it, so we can't wait for everyone to come by and experience it."  The tap room and restaurant are scheduled to open soon after the annual Blue Point Cask Ale Festival, which is being held this year on April 13.   
LIBeerGuide Destination Spotlight: Northport 

Long Island now has more than a dozen towns that are great beer destinations, where in a day or just a half-day you can visit a craft brewery and enjoy locally made beers at a beer bar or with a meal at a gastropub.  This month we are spotlighting Northport, the waterfront town on the North Shore that is becoming as well known for its craft beer scene as for its picturesque views of Cow Harbor.

Breweries -- Northport is home to two craft breweries, Sand City Brewing Co. located downtown on Main Street and Harbor Head Brewing Co. in the Brittania Yachting Center marina a few minutes drive south of downtown. 

Sand City Brewing, named in honor of Northport's industrial past and the sand mines ringing the harbor at the turn of the last century, opened its tap room in fall 2015.  The brewery quickly built a reputation for brewing some of LI's best IPAs.  Brewmaster Kevin Sihler, a founder and co-owner, is a hoppy beer fan and has pushed the envelope by using a wide variety of hops.  Sand City also raised its game to a new level with a series of collaboration beers, partnering with breweries from Oceanside, Long Island (Barrier) to as far as Oceanside, CA (Horus Aged Ales).  Bill Kiernan, also a founder and co-owner, said "Collaborations are a lot of fun and they are really what the carft brewing industry is all about."  While the IPAs have received the most attention, Sand City also brews popular Belgian style beers and its delicious Southdown Breakfast Stout, brewed with locally roasted Brazilian coffee beans from Southdown Coffee in Huntington.  Sand City's tap room has become a fixture on Main Street near the John Engeman Theater and is open every day.

For more info, check out LIBeerGuide's profile of Sand City published in the Long Island Press  in February 2018.

Harbor Head Brewing was founded by Sosh Andriano, the owner of the Whale's Tale restaurant located just steps away in the same Brittania marina. He recognized the growing popularity of local craft beers and thought a brewery would be complementary to his restaurant. He recruited a few partners and in 2016 started building a five-barrel brewhouse and tasting room in a 1,100-square-foot former bait and tackle shop. Harbor Head's tap room opened in 2018, along with a small beer garden that was a popular hangout in the summer and fall months. William Melvin, who took over as head brewer in June 2018, typically has eight beers on tap which vary according to the season. He tries to always have a pale ale and an IPA in the rotation, along with a lighter-tasting beer and a dark beer style. Among the IPAs is NoPoCo, named after the Northport Coast, which is a double hopped New England style hazy IPA brewed with Citra and dry hopped El Dorado hops. During the winter, Harbor Head’s tasting room is open Thursday to Sunday.

For more info, check out LIBeerGuide's profile of Harbor Head published in the Long Island Press this month. 

Gastropubs, Beer Bars and Irish Pubs -- to take a day trip to Northport without driving, your best bet is to take the LIRR to the Northport station on the Port Jefferson line.  The station is located in East Northport, but Northport's downtown Main Street is less than a 10 minute taxi, Lyft or Uber away. 

While in East Northport, check out one of the North Shore's best beer bars, The Lark Pub & Grub.  Since opening in 2009, The Lark has become known for its ever-changing craft beer offerings with 26 beers on tap and many more in bottles and cans.  The variety of the beer is matched by the inventive take on pub grub, with apps like Thanksgiving Egg Rolls and Fried Mac and Pepper Jack, along with delicious burgers, sandwiches and flatbread pizzas.  The Lark regularly holds beer dinners and tastings along with other fun events including an annual chili cookoff for charity in April.

Also in East Northport near the LIRR station is The Crossroads Cafe, a cozy American bistro specializing in fresh seafood, Owner and Chef Rob Haddow has run Crossroads for over 25 years and in 2012 opened a sister restaurant, Rockin' Fish, on Northport's downtown Main Street.  Rockin' Fish also specializes in fresh seafood along with sandwiches and burgers and enhances the dining experience with 16 craft beers on tap. 

One of the most well-known establishments on downtown Northport's Main Street is Gunther's Tap Room, which was a favorite watering hole of the Beat writer Jack Kerouac when he lived in Northport in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Gunther's suffered major damage in a fire in May 2017 but reopened last fall after a loving restoration by co-owners Brad Vassallo and Eddie McGrath, who bought Gunthers after its founder Pete Gunther died in 2016.  The bar features live music on the weekends and has local beers on tap, including Harbor Head and Sand City.

Just east of downtown Northport are three establishments that are very different but which all offer great food and beer.  Seven Quarts Tavern is a gastropub that was founded by owner Brian Adams in 2015 with a menu featuring new American cuisine, including small plates that can be enjoyed with the 11 craft beers on tap.  Seven Quarts holds beer dinners and other events, and is holding a special 5 course brunch on March 24, handcrafted by Chef Justin Birtola, featuring Blue Point beers.. Pumpernickels has been a Northport favorite since 1973 serving traditional German food and beer, wtih 6 German beers on tap on many others in bottles.  Napper Tandy's Irish Pub is one of three Napper Tandy's on LI, with sister pubs in Smithtown and Bay Shore.  The Northport pub has 20 beers on tap and pours a perfect pint of Guinness to accompany Irish pub staples like shepherd's pie and fish and chips along with burgers, sandwiches and wings.

Homebrew Shop - Karp's Homebrew Shop in East Northport is a local institution, located inside a family-owned hardware store founded in 1934.  The third generation of the family currently runs the store and is committed to serving the homebrewing community, stocking equipment, ingredients, beer kits, books and more.

Beer Store -- East Northport Beverage has an excellent craft beer selection and a growler station with six taps.

Enjoy your visit to Northport and for more LI Beer Destinations please click here.

Upcoming Beer Festivals

April 6 -- 4th Annual Cask Ales Fundraiser for Barton Center for Diabetes Education, Mill Roadhouse in Westhampton Beach, 4-8 pm

April 13 -- Blue Point Cask Ale Festival, new brewery at 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, Sat. 1-5 pm, Sun. 12-4 pm

May 18-19 -- The World's Fare Festival, Citi Field, Queens -- Noon - 8 pm both days, international beer garden and food vendors

For more LI beerfests click here
Upcoming Beer Events and Runs

March 10 -- Mardi Gras Brewery and Food Tour with Tapped Enterprises.  Beer and Cajun lunch at Mara's Southern Kitchen, brewery visits to Brewers Collective Beer Co. and Great South Bay Brewing in Bay Shore, 11:15 am - 4:15 pm

March 24 -- 5-course brunch with Blue Point beers at Seven Quarts Tavern in Northport.  Two sessions, 11 am - 1:30 pm, 1:30 - 4 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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