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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

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. keep reading...

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. keep reading...

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July 7th, 2014 at 12:35 pm

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

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20140602-173414.jpgBLC Says:
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. keep reading...

Written by A+K

June 6th, 2014 at 10:20 am