Long Island Craft Beer Week, technically ten days long, begins this Friday, May 12. The week runs parallel to American Craft Beer Week, but is meant to be a celebration of local beer, the people that make it and the places that support it. Throughout the week breweries, restaurants and bars have teamed up for a slew of events that “celebrate the beer that’s made here.”
Additionally, sponsoring breweries of LICBW week came together to brew the 3rd annual installation of Craft Cares. The red ale will be available in cans and the only acceptable payment is two cans of food, benefitting Long Island Cares. You can get yours at any of the breweries involved in producing the beer: Blue Point Brewing Co., BrickHouse Brewing, 1940’s Brewing Co., Barrage Brewing Co., Twin Fork Beer, Sand City Brewing Co., Port Jeff Brewing Co., Spider Bite Brewing Co. or Great South Bay Brewery, as well as a couple other sponsoring locations across the island.
There are multiple events each day, but here are some highlights:
The kick off will be celebrated this Friday, May 12 with a simulcask, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. At 8 p.m., casks will be tapped simultaneously at several to-be-announced locations across the island.
Barrage Brewery will be celebrating their 3rd anniversary, albeit a little late. The festivities go all day long on Saturday, May 13 and Barrage will have all 12 tap lines flowing. There will be a free buffet plus a few special beers like the 2016 and 2017 versions of Death Dealer, their 15% barley wine.
What better way to spend a Monday than picking up a free pint glass? The official LICBW glass is decked out with logos of all the sponsoring breweries. All you have to do is sign up online and choose your pick up location. Then head there on Monday May 15, claim your glass, and stay for a local beer or two.
On Saturday May 20, join The Brewer’s Collective of Bay Shore for their first bottle release—plus it’ll give you a chance to visit the brewery that opened less than a month ago. They will be releasing Cawfee, a robust porter that is made with house (cold)brewed coffee. Grab a bottle to go and stay for a few samples or pints.
After eight days of craft beer, the last thing you probably feel like doing is running through the hills of Port Jefferson. However, Port Jeff Brewing Company is challenging you to do just that. Join them on the morning of Sunday, May 21 for a 15k race plus an after party complete with your final round of refreshments for the week. Then go home and take a nap—you earned it.