A brewery incubator is coming to Farmingdale, but the address should be familiar to many. A Taste of Long Island, the incubator kitchen and local food market run by Jim Thompson with his daughter Courtney, will be home to the next wave of nano-breweries to hit Long Island.
“You literally can’t pack anymore flavor into this” says homebrewer Chris Kelley’s about Basil in the Rye, his new beer brewed in collaboration with Great South Bay Brewery.
Chris Kelley, member of local home brewing club Long Island Beer & Malt Enthusiasts, had an idea: organize and host a Chopped style brew day. Ten teams, each with a head brewer and one or two assistants, were randomly assigned a style of beer and two ingredients, such as wood, peaches or habanero peppers; Kelley’s team drew a rye IPA base with orange peel and basil.
Steve Pominski and his son Adam, sole brewers of the newly opened Barrage Brewing in Farmingdale, have been working around the clock to get their beer to local bars and restaurants, as well as filling growlers at the brewery. However, they still find themselves constantly answering the same question: When is the tasting room going to open?
Attendees were able to meet the chefs and brewers who were happy to chat about their craft. The rustic setting of the barn at the Topping Rose House provided the ideal backdrop to showcase the delicious marriage between local beer and pork. Perhaps the typical pretzel necklace at beer festivals will soon be replaced by a bacon bracelet.