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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

Blond on Blonde : November 20 at The Lark in East Northport

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Blond on Blonde

Back in May, the Brewer’s East End Revival hosted their 18th annual home brewing competition. Each year beers from around the country are sent in to the B.E.E.R. Brew-Off with the hopes they will receive positive feedback and perhaps take home a prize. Nearly 200 beers were judged in multiple categories at this years event with prizes being given out for best stout of the day all the way to best in show, but there was no award coveted more than the Brewer’s Cup.

“Why?” you may ask. Each year the Brewer’s Cup winning beer, which is selected by a local Long Island brewery, has their homebrew recipe scaled up and professionally brewed. Last years winner was Bobby Rodriguez, who is now getting ready to launch his very own venture: Poboy Brewery. His award winning Imperial Force was brewed by Port Jeff Brewing Co. and has now been aging for over a year, with a bottle release coming soon. At 2014’s brew-off, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company selected and would ultimately brew the wining beer. After a long day of deliberations where DJ Swanson, head brewer of GHBC participated in the judging, a winner emerged: Jim & Jean Thoms’ Belgian Blond Ale.

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Greenport Harbor Brewing Company Grand Opening of Peconic Brewery & Fifth Anniversary Party

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First appeared on Edible Long Island


The GHBC Team, Triumphant

The GHBC Team, Triumphant


Greenport Harbor Brewing Company celebrated their 5th anniversary and grand opening of their 13,000 square foot brewery on Main Road in Peconic this past Saturday. Since purchasing the building in April of 2012 co-owners and friends Rich Vandenburgh and John Liegey endured “about a year of tearing our hair out,” before gaining traction and being able to start construction. Hundreds of Long Islanders joined them at the festivities which included local food trucks Noah’s & The Roaming Fork, music and of course, plenty of GHBC beer. 

Lots of Mobile Eats & Drinks Being Served at GHBC

Lots of Mobile Eats & Drinks Being Served at GHBC



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 that had been aged for two years was unveiled as a treat for those who had stuck around.

Augie Hoffmann Serves the VIP Crowd

Augie Hoffmann Serves the VIP Crowd



Though Peconic just officially opened, the large scale brewing system is already in place and brewers DJ Swanson and Joe Hayes have begun to test it out. On Saturday, two fermenters were housing beer and they hope to continue with production at a rapid rate. Leaf Pile, their fall seasonal, is slated to be brewed within the next couple weeks in addition to the rest of their lineup. As attendee Greg Woody put it, “Anything that allows them to pump out more stuff like the Black Duck Porter I’m all for.”

Tim Holden and Greg Woody Take in the Festivities



The overall celebratory mood of the event was really solidified by speaking to both owners who shared the sentiment that they couldn’t have done it on their own. Vandenburgh remarked that, “we’ve been just so lucky to have friends, fans, investors, accounts and everybody that’s been behind us the whole way,” with Liegey adding, “our backs alone have not been enough to get this place open.” They received congratulatory calls from national breweries Lagunitas and Ballast Point as well as their local colleagues, citing the sense of community has been great. 

Rosemary Martilotta & Emily Parrella Pouring Some GHBC

Rosemary Martilotta & Emily Parrella Pouring Some GHBC



The original facility at Carpenter Lane in Greenport will remain open as a tasting room and brewery, with its brew system used for smaller, experimental batches. Peconic is not done growing yet either, with plans to add an on site restaurant within the next year. Big things are coming from Greenport Harbor Brewing Company and it’s all beginning with the new tasting room and brewery.

Attendees (plus pooch) enjoying GHBC

Attendees (plus pooch) enjoying GHBC



Peconic is currently open 12-7 pm on weekends with weekday hours coming soon.

Enjoying GHBC Beer

Enjoying GHBC Beer



 

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Written by A+K

July 15th, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Holy Hops, the Dynamic Brewmaster Duo of DJ Swanson & Joe Hayes Team Up at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company

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The North Fork of Long Island fixture Greenport Harbor Brewing Company will be hosting the grand opening of their new Peconic brewery on July 12, 2014. While this massive brewery growth (which will eventually include a restaurant) is big news, there’s an expansion going on behind the scenes too. DJ Swanson, head brewer since Greenport’s inception 5 years ago, is being joined on the island’s east end by Joe Hayes, former brewmaster at Black Forest Brew Haus in Farmingdale. To say the pair is happy about the union might be a bit of an understatement.

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Long Island Fresh Hop Beers of 2013

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Well guys, the Long Island hop party is over (for this year, at least). Plants have grown, hops have been picked, brewing commenced and now the fun part is here-drinking the fruits of everyone’s labor. Act fast, because fresh hop ales are brewed in limited quantities and really taste best if you can drink them as close to kegging as possible. Though some Long Island brewers also bottled their fresh hop beers, we tried these four on tap. Sadly, two people often times can not drink all that the beer community has to offer (tragic, we know), so there were a few local options we did not get to this year (we are looking at you, Blue Point and Southampton). Luckily, there is always next year and we look forward to see Long Island hops blossoming again soon.

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