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Craft Beer at Nassau Coliseum: The Final Season

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Bryan Trottier Honored by Islanders

This is the final countdown for Long Island based fans of the New York Islanders. Next year the team will move from it’s home since 1972, the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Isles have been giving their fans a year to remember. If you plan on heading to the “Old Barn” to watch them play you may find yourself in search of a beer. While actual “craft beer” is in short supply there is enough of it peppered throughout the Coliseum to keep those looking to “fuss” over a brew happy. Don’t forget Oyster Bay Brewing Company hooked up to create Barn Rocker with the Isles. It’s their official beer and you can read about it here.

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Oyster Bay Brewing Company’s Barn Rocker Premieres as New York Islanders are Reborn

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Oyster Bay Brewing Barn Rocker

Barn Rocker on Draft in Doolin’s Pub
EDIT: Barn Rocker is now available at more locations throughout the Coliseum
 

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January 16th, 2015 – The walls of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York seemed to rock and reverberate as the celebratory chant of “YES! YES! YES!” rose from the crowd who, along with this year’s group of Islanders, celebrated their 6-3 win over the rival Pittsburgh Penguins. It is the last year that the Isles will call the “Old Barn” home and the fans have turned out in droves, at first to say goodbye but now to watch their team take the National Hockey League’s Eastern Conference by storm. With many players having come of age within the Islanders system, a bond has developed between these homegrown athletes and their loyal but long absent fan base. Everyone knows this is the end of things as they have been since the team won four straight Stanley Cup Championships in a row from 1980-1983; in that time going on a record run of 19 consecutive playoff series wins.

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The Brewers Collective: 9 Brewers Unite Under One Banner

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Brewers Collective When a newly licensed nanobrewery gathers it’s owners and brewers to construct tap handles, you picture a couple people sitting around a computer with renderings of a logo imposed on virtual paddles. The Brewers Collective, however, is not your average nanobrewery. All nine members have a stake and equal say in the company that is now producing beer at A Taste of Long Island in Farmingdale. So when they asked us to join them while creating their first professional tap handles, we were not surprised that the day began outdoors with a stack of 2×4’s and ended with each hand cut handle being shaped and eventually branded with The Brewers Collective logo. And when we say branded we don’t mean stamped or printed on; there was a backyard fire and poker involved. Oh, and there may have been a bow and arrow broken out at some point for a little target practice. All in all a pretty typical day with “The Collective” if you ask the members or most who know them.

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January 30th, 2015 at 1:33 pm

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Spiegelau IPA Glass Review: Is it worth it?

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The 19 oz. Spiegelau IPA glass was designed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company specifically with hoppy beer in mind. Together with Spiegelau, who are most recognized for their wine glasses, they came up with this distinct, if not slightly awkward design. After receiving a set for Christmas we decided to put the glass to the test and see, “Do Spiegelau IPA glasses really make IPA’s taste different?”

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The short answer is, “Yes, they do.” We used a widely available session IPA to test the Spiegelau IPA glass against a traditional pint glass and we have to say the difference was stark. Though we were both skeptical at first, by the end of the tasting we were wondering what we had missed out on by trying so many other IPA’s in possibly improper glassware.

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January 27th, 2015 at 12:15 pm

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Blue Point Brewing & Sayville Running Company 10 Mile Run to the Brewery

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8:15 on a Saturday morning in January isn’t exactly a prime visiting hour for most breweries, especially when a 10 mile run in below freezing temperatures is required before the first pint is poured. But that didn’t stop over 1,200 runners from showing up bright and early at Blue Point Brewery for the 2015 10 Mile Run to the Brewery.
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We arrived at Blue Point at around 7:45, with a half hour to race time. Parking didn’t seem to be an issue, as there were a couple people directing traffic. Kevin dropped me off while he snagged a spot in the train station parking lot and I headed to the brewery. A heated tent was set up outside where runners and spectators could stay warm, there were multiple port a potties with a very short wait time and a bag check was also available.

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January 18th, 2015 at 9:07 pm