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Ed Hahne and Mexicali Blues: an LIBME & Great South Bay Brewery Collaboration

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Our friend and fellow Long Island Beer & Malt Enthusiast and Brewers East End Revival Member Ed Hahne passed away on July 11th, 2014. We found out when we woke up the next morning after receiving a text from another friend and homebrewer Frank Filacchone. He sent us an odd message saying, “I’m sure you heard the bad news by now,” which we thought meant the beer both men recently brewed together, along with Mike Napolitano and Ed’s wife Lee Ann, at Great south Bay Brewery had turned out poorly. We never expected to get this news; in fact we thought Frank was just overreacting about a batch that had gone sour. We knew though when he followed up with another text reading “Call me now,” things were more serious. keep reading...

Long Island Beer & Malt Enthusiasts Homebrew Competition Winners Brewed by Great South Bay Brewery


Chris Kelley, member of local homebrewing club Long Island Beer & Malt Enthusiasts (LIBME) had an idea: organize and host a “Chopped” style brew day. Ten teams participated, each having a head brewer and 1-2 assistants, and they were randomly assigned a style of beer and two ingredients. Additions ranged from wood to peaches to habanero peppers, with Kelley and team drawing a Rye IPA base with orange peel and basil.

He was “super psyched” by the prospect of citrus and hops because “they go together wonderfully”. The basil however had Kelley thinking, “What the heck am I going to do with that?”. Discovering orange and basil paired together in an Italian dish, he and his team wrote a recipe and brewed their beer. Kelley said, “It’s quite amazing the depth of flavor basil gives to hops”, finding the ingredients married well. He was pleasantly surprised with the result and the fresh IPA found its way into LIBME’s monthly homebrew competition, a collaborative effort with Great South Bay Brewery. keep reading...

John Palmer & LIBME Beer Brunch


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Photos by Jennifer Davis

On Sunday, May 11th author and homebrew guru John Palmer came and visited our homebrew club The Long Island Beer and Malt Enthusiasts (LIBME). The visit was part of a mini book tour Palmer was doing in conjunction with the Brooklyn Homebrew shop Bitter and Esters to promote his new book Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers (Brewing Elements), the fourth installment of the ingredient series being published by the Brewers Association.

As head of the education committee for LIBME, I’ve helped arrange a number of educationally related events for the club and it always surprises me how what at first seems like an obstacle to an event later becomes an asset. When John Lapolla, the owner of Bitter and Esters and the person acting as Palmer’s liaison for the weekend, informed me that the only available time that they could fit us in would be 9:00-11:00 a.m. on a Sunday, I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. However, when we approached Pete Mangouranes the co-owner of The Good Life, a local craft beer pub and friend of the club, about using his space he had the idea of creating a three course beer brunch to go along with the talk. So because of this early time slot, not only did we have John Palmer coming to speak to our club but we now had a gourmet three course beer brunch to look forward to as well. Apparently a John Palmer seminar now fits into that rare category alongside fishing and golf as being socially acceptable to consume alcohol at 9 in the morning. keep reading...

Written by A+K

June 4th, 2014 at 9:18 am

Saider: Let the Great Experiment Begin!



You: What’s a Saaiiideer?

Us: Saider (SAI-DER) is a saison brewed using apple cider instead of water. When that finished fermenting it was a little acetic so we balanced it with a black currant and pinot noir pyment.

You: That sounds weird.

Us: It is. Want to try it?


We think that will be how most exchanges will go when people first come up to try Saider (remember it’s pronounced SAI-DER). The idea to brew a beer but use apple cider instead of water was unique enough but when the resulting brew turned out more acetic then some of us would like balancing it out with a pyment seemed like a good idea. So now we have a beverage that literally is comprised of three different drinks. This is the definition of experimentation. Let the Great Experiment BEGIN! keep reading...

Win a Keg of Blue Point Brewing Company Beer of Your Choice While Supporting Long Island Cares!


Thanks to Kevin’s team leading Movember fundraising efforts we were awarded a 1/2 barrel keg of Blue Point Brewing Company beer. Pretty good right? Grow a moustache, raise some money and win beer. Well as much as we enjoy BPBC beer and wouldn’t mind having it on tap at here at home, we have decided to keep up the charitable theme and raffle off the keg.


The raffle will take place at the Long Island Beer and Malt Enthusiast (LIBME) meeting this Wednesday, January 8 at Bobbique in Patchogue. Tickets will be 1 for $12 or 2 for $20, with all proceeds going to Long Island Cares. The winner will receive a certificate which they can turn in at Blue Point Brewing Company to receive a keg of their choice based on current availability. keep reading...

Written by A+K

January 6th, 2014 at 3:00 pm