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America the Beertiful

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Happy (almost) birthday, America. You’ve had a pretty good year, all things considered, and now it’s time for most of your inhabitants to head outdoors, eat a ridiculous amount of hot dogs and crack open a cold beer. Cold beer…what’s more American than that? Well, probably opening your own business where you brew beer and sell it to the public. Over the last year, many craft beer hopefuls did just that.

With such an influx of new breweries it becomes difficult to keep up with. Here on Long Island, we are up to 20+ breweries with another 10 or so on deck to open in the next year. Some of the newer ones we haven’t even had a chance to visit yet.

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Written by A+K

July 3rd, 2015 at 11:22 am

Cuvaison 2014 by Greenport Harbor Brewing Company: Brewed Using Grapes From Jamesport Vineyards

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GHBC Account Manager Justin Wesnofske and Co-owner John Liegey

Loosely translating as a sense of place, terroir refers to the effect a region has had on the production of agricultural products. In the past such a thing was not possible in beer since brewery consolidation and expansion as well as environmental factors (like downy mildew) caused the closure of many malt and hop producers across the country. In fact, most malt used to brew some of your favorite beer is not made from grain grown in the United States. In recent years however there has been a shift, as in many things culinary, toward local ingredients. Large scale craft breweries like Rogue Ales in Oregon and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in California cultivate their own hops and malt from which they craft beers expressing a sense of place. On a smaller scale, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company has taken the steps toward bringing terroir to the North Fork of Long Island.

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Written by A+K

December 5th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Barrage Brewing Company Tasting Room Grand Opening – July 19, 2014

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Barrage Brewing Company has had their doors open since January of this year, thanks to a lot of hard work by owner Steve Pominski and a little help from Kickstarter, but there is now a new addition to the brewery: a place to enjoy the beer. Pominski and longtime friend Al Nappi have had the brewery under construction for the past couple months and the tasting room is now (softly) open for business. The official grand opening celebration will be on July 19.


Barrage Brewing Company's New Tasting Room

Barrage Brewing Company’s New Tasting Room

New, expanded hours include Friday from 4-8 pm, in addition to their current hours of 1-5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Instead of waiting in the brewery for growler fills, customers will be now able to both fill their growlers and enjoy pints and sample glasses from the 8 tap system in the new tasting room. Though the area is small, seating is available and there are even some bar stools upholstered with horse hair, we kid you not. The personal nature makes it feel like a true garage bar aka bar-rage. Hey, that’s the name of the brewery.


Owner and Brewmaster Steve Pominski Contemplates His Work

Owner and Brewmaster Steve Pominski Contemplates His Work

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Written by A+K

July 18th, 2014 at 5:28 pm

A Taste of Long Island in Farmingdale to Add Brewery

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First published on Edible Long Island

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. Currently, a Taste of Long Island rents its commercial kitchen to local producers who need an insured licensed space to work. Items produced on site are sold in the front of the house specialty market and also independently distributed. The facility gives small startup businesses a way to get their goods to the public without a huge upfront investment. Now the venture will provide several local brewers a space to professionally produce beer under their own licenses and brands.

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July 7th, 2014 at 12:35 pm

ESB (Extra Special Bitter) – Long Ireland Beer Company (2014)

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Extra Special Bitter or ESB is a style that has it’s origins in the brewing traditions of the United Kingdom. This English pale ale, while sounding like it could be packed with hops, is actually a malt driven beer. The bitterness referred to by the moniker Extra Special Bitter actually is presented as a counter point and balance to the malt base. These brews tend to have a little more oomph in the alcohol department so they were given the “Extra” or sometimes “Strong” tag, differentiating them from Ordinary/Standard and Special/Best/Premium bitters. American interpretations of this classic English ale tend to include more hop flavor and aroma. We are glad to sample any bitter when we come across one as they are a bit of a rarity and it was a nice surprise to find another well made version brewed on Long Island.

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Written by A+K

June 6th, 2014 at 10:20 am