Stuff those stockings with locavore liquor and enjoy your adult beverage while supporting New York distillers. • Photograph by Scott Gordon Bleicher
In our holiday issue, Sophia del Gigante profiled four women who are making inroads into the once male-dominated world of craft beer. Lauri Spitz of Moustache Brewing Co., Shelby Poole of Morrison’s and Jackson’s gastropubs and Amanda Danielsen and Succety Lara or Hoptron Brewtique are strong and invincible for sure, but they are not alone. Long Island is rapidly becoming a hotbed for fledgling women in the craft beer industry.
In our holiday issue, Kerriann Flanagan Brosky time traveled back to the days of bathtub gin, speakeasies and rum runners. Stir up a little…
Pumpkin beer’s been around a lot longer than you thought. Just ask Ben Franklin.
Southdown Coffee in Huntington is our area’s newest specialty coffee roaster and café. The north shore just got more civilized. • Photos by Todd Orelli
Good Beer is much different than traditional Long Island beer festivals. Instead of a couple guys in shorts and walkie-talkies, you have suited security with earpieces. No tent for Good Beer, we were in a posh New York City venue. The level of detail and production that goes into planning the event made it a truly unique and special occasion.
We Long Islanders are a thirsty bunch and lucky for us there are as many variations on Richard Blechynden’s original iced tea as there are thirsty Long Islanders.
Sticke Handwerker, the Long Island debut from Secret Engine, will be released this Friday at Tap and Barrel, The Black Sheep Ale House and a to-be-determined location in Brooklyn.
Not only does this give people an awesome place to hang out in Farmingdale, it also frees up time for Pominski to make more beer. Turns out it’s kind of hard to brew and fill growlers, but with the brewery and tasting room now separate it allows him to produce beer while someone else mans the taps.
Moustache released Mojito Pale Ale, a light and minty summertime staple from their days as home brewers, in June. The brewery followed with July IPA, the latest installment in an aptly named monthly series of IPAs, brewed with all English malts and hops; Franco ‘Murica Pale Ale, a drier, peppery version of One Drop with a French saison yeast and Ginger Blueberry Tripel, which “smells like blueberry muffins,” Lauri says.
Most notably, on tap was #5, an anniversary Belgian dubbel fermented with tart cherries. Liegey accurately described it as “clean, nice, refreshing; didn’t hang on the palate.” Bitter Monk, a wheat beer using trappist yeast, was the first offering from new brewer Joe Hayes and a crowd favorite. Later in the evening, a keg of their Baltic Porter, which had been aged for two years was unveiled as a treat for those who had stuck around.
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company will be hosting the grand opening of its new Peconic brewery on July 12, but there’s an expansion going on behind the scenes too. DJ Swanson, head brewer since Greenport’s inception five years ago, is now accompanied by Joe Hayes, former brewmaster at Black Forest Brew Haus in Farmingdale.