Monthly Archives: April 2012

Long Island winemakers head to Nassau County for free April 21 tasting

Post Wines & Spirits in Syosset, Long Island, a long-time champion of Long Island wines, is making it easy for those who don’t want to travel to the East End to sample some of the region’s top wines.

The shop is hosting a group of East End winemakers who’ll be pouring free samples of their wares on April 21, from 2-6 p.m.

The list of wineries participating, so far, includes Lenz Winery, Paumanok Vineyards, Channing Daughters Winery, Wolffer Estate Vineyards, ,Jamesport Vineyards, Bedell Cellars, Macari Vineyards, and Castello Di Borghese Vineyard.

Winemakers Kareem Massoud of Paumanok Vineyards in Aquebogue, Eric Fry of The Lenz Winery in Peconic, and Kelly Urbanik of Macari Vineyards in Mattituck are expected to attend the gathering.

Post Wines is at 610 Jerico Tpke., just west of the Route 135, Syosset, N.Y. 11791. Phone (516) 921-1820.

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Boston Beer tops craft brewer rankings

Who was America’s biggest craft brewer in 2011?

No surprise, according to the latest rankings from the Brewers Association of Boulder, CO. The answer: Boston Beer Co.

The Brewers Association. a not-for-profit trade group for U.S. breweries, today released its annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on 2011 beer sales volume. Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 36 are small and independent¹ craft brewing companies.

Long Island’s Blue Point Brewery ranked No. 34 among craft brewers and No. 46 overall.

The association, however, listed no statistical data with its rankings, but did say that the ranking was based on beer sales volume.

Boston Beer, brewers of Samuel Adams, was followed in order by Sierra NevadaNew Belgium, The Grambrinus Co., of Texas, and Deschutes Brewery, of Oregon.

“In the last 15 years, craft brewing has gone from one percent of the overall beer market to almost six percent in 2011,” Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association, said in a press release. “We attribute a large part of that growth to the many talented brewers who are providing beer lovers with more beer style and flavor choices than ever before.”

The Brewers Association defines an American craft brewer as small, with production of less than 6 million barrels; independent (less than 25 percent owned by another producer of alcoholic beverages), and traditional, with either an all malt flagship or has at least 50 percent of its volume in either all malt beers or in beers which use adjuncts to enhance rather than lighten flavor.

Boston Beer also ranked as America’s No. 5 overall brewery–behind  Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, Pabst and Yuengling.

Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies
(Based on 2011 beer sales volume)

1.  Boston Beer Co. (Samuel Adams)

2.   Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

3. New Belgium Brewing Co.

4. The Gambrinus Company (Shiner, Bridgeport, Trumer Pils)

5.   Deschutes Brewery

6.  Matt Brewing Co. (Saranac)

7. Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

8. Harpoon Brewery

9. Lagunitas Brewing Co.

10. Boulevard Brewing Co.

11. Stone Brewing Company

12. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

13. Brooklyn Brewery

14. Alaskan Brewing & Bottling Co.

15. Long Trail Brewing Co.

16. Shipyard Brewing Co.

17. Abita Brewing Co.

18. Great Lakes Brewing Co.

19. New Glarus Brewing Co.

20. Full Sail Brewing Co.

21. Summit Brewing Co.

22. Anchor Brewing Co.

23. Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

24.  Sweetwater Brewing Co.

25. Rogue Ales Brewery

26. Flying Dog Brewery

27.  Victory Brewing Co.

28. CraftWorks Breweries & Restaurants

29. Oskar Blues Brewery

30. Odell Brewing Co.

31. Stevens Point Brewery Co.

32. Ninkasi Brewing Co.

33. BJ’s Chicago Pizza & Brewery, Inc.

34. Blue Point Brewing Co.

35. Bear Republic Brewing Co.

36.  Lost Coast Brewery Cafe

37. Big Sky Brewing Co.

38. North Coast Brewing Co. Inc.

39. Saint Louis Brewery, Inc./Schlafly Bottleworks

40. Gordon Biersch Brewing Co.

41 Breckenridge Brewery

42 Founders Brewing Co.

43 Saint Arnold Brewing Co.

44 Karl Strauss Brewing Co.

45. Real Ale Brewing Co.

46. Mac and Jack’s Brewery Inc.

47. Smuttynose Brewing Co.

48. Utah Brewers Cooperative (Wasatch, Squatters_

49. Left Hand Brewing Co.

50.  Anderson Valley Brewing Co. (tie)

Four Peaks Brewing Co. (tie)


Top 50 Overall Brewing Companies 

1 Anheuser-Busch Inc. (Includes Bass, Beck’s, Busch, Goose Is, Landshark, Michelob, Rolling Rock, Shock Top, Wild Blue)

2 MillerCoors ( includes A.C. Golden, Batch 19, Blue Moon, Colorado Native, Herman Joseph, Keystone, Killian’s and Leinenkugel’s)

3. Pabst Brewing Co.  (Schlitz and 28 other brand families)

4. D. G. Yuengling and Son Inc.

5. Boston Beer Co.

6.North American Breweries (Dundee, Genesee, Labatt Lime, Magic Hat and Pyramid)

7. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

8. New Belgium Brewing Co.

9. Craft Brewers Alliance, Inc. (Kona, Red Hook and Widmer Brothers)

10. The Gambrinus Company (BridgePort, Shiner and Trumer)

11. Deschutes Brewery

12. Matt Brewing Co. (Includes Saranac, Flying Bison)

13. Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

14.Minhas Craft Brewery (Huber,  Mountain Crest and 9 other brand)

15. Harpoon Brewery

16. Lagunitas Brewing Co.

17. Boulevard Brewing Co.

18. Stone Brewing Co.

19. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

20. Brooklyn Brewery

21. Alaskan Brewing and Bottling Co.

22. Long Trail Brewing Co.

23. August Schell Brewing Co. (includes Grain Belt)

24. Shipyard Brewing Co.

25. Abita Brewing Co.

26. World Brews/Winery Exchange (private labels)

27. Great Lakes Brewing Co.

28. New Glarus Brewing Co.

29. Full Sail Brewing Co.

30. Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

31. Summit Brewing Co.

32. Anchor Brewing Co.

33. Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

34. Cold Spring Brewing Co. (Gluek and 17 other brand families)

35. Sweetwater Brewing Co.

36. Rogue Ales Brewery

37. Mendocino Brewing Co. (includes Butte Creek, Kingfisher and Olde Saratoga)

38. Flying Dog Brewery

39.Victory Brewing Co.

40. CraftWorks Breweries & Restaurants (A1A, Big River, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants, Rock Bottom Restaurants, Ragtime and Seven Bridges brewpubs)

41. Oskar Blues Brewery & Tasty Weasel Tap Room

42. Odell Brewing Co.

43. Stevens Point Brewery Co. (includes James Page and Whole Hog brands)

44. Ninkasi Brewing Co.

45. BJ’s Chicago Pizza & Brewery

46. Blue Point Brewing Co.

47. Bear Republic Brewing Co.

48. Goose Island Brewing Co. (sold in 2011 in Anheuser-Busch)

49. Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

50. Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Changes in store for Long Island’s annual wine gala

Big changes are at hand for Harvest East End, Long Island’s biggest annual wine event.

Edible East End, the regional foodie magazine, has signed on as presenting sponsor, the event has been moved up from mid-September to late August and the location has been moved to the site of the Hampton Classic horse show in Bridgehampton. Moreover, a big-ticket sit-down dinner and auction is gone and a VIP sparking wine reception and raw bar will be added.

Edible East End replaces Food & Wine magazine as the presenting sponsor of the event, which last year attracted 500 wine aficionados to the Ludlow Farm in Bridgehampton.

“We parted ways amicably with Food & Wine—a great publication with a full plate of great events,” said Donnell Brown Stires, event director for Harvest East End and Executive Director of Merliance, a merlot producers trade group that is one of the event’s sponsors. “Their forte is more ambitious multi-day events. As a single-day, walk-around tasting, Harvest just doesn’t fit into their portfolio this year.”

“Edible East End is the perfect partner for Harvest East End,”  event chair Roman Roth, said in a statement. Roth, executive vice president of Merliance, winemaker at Wölffer Estate Vineyard and owner of the Grapes of Roth, added, “The magazine celebrates local, seasonal wine and food, and the people who produce them, in the same way that Harvest does: in a thoughtful, elegant venue. Edible publishers Brian Halweil and Stephen Munshin have been supportive of Harvest from the event’s inception, and we are delighted that they will take on a larger role.”

Edible East End will be joined in promoting the event by its siblings, Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn.

Last year’s Harvest event featured 28 Long Island wineries and 18 restaurants. Organizers said they anticipate the 2012 event will draw as many as 40 East End wine producers and 30 regional chefs.

Brown Stires said the organizers are considering doing a luxury raffle with prizes similar to the lots included in previous live auctions, such as vacations and luxe wine sets, but no decision has been made.

The vinous celebration, organized by the Merliance and the Long Island Wine Council, benefits East End Hospice, Group for the East End and the Peconic Land Trust. Last year, $31,000 was raised for the three charities.

Roth noted that Harvest East End and the equestrian show both draw a well-heeled crowd. The latter, the country’s largest hunter/jumper horse show, draws about 50,000 people over the course of a week.

“We hope to turn the heads of people who may come to The Hamptons without even realizing there’s a world-class wine region surrounding it. It’s a terrific opportunity for us,” Brown Stires said.

In 1990, Wine Spectator working with the wine council organized the first-ever Long Island wine industry gala, a barrel-tasting and barbecue, which drew 600 guests to the former Hargrave Vineyard in Cutchogue in its first year.  Each year, the location shifted to a different vineyard and at its peak the event attracted 1,500 guests. The event was discontinued after 1997, due to county health department concerns about food service at the event. A group of wineries held a joint barrel tasting in 2001, but some wineries balked at the $5,000 entry fee.

In 2003, Wine Spectator organized a new event, called the Long Island Wine Classic and held in conjunction with the Long Island Classic. It was attended by 750 people. It was repeated in 2004.


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The Beer Authority opens in midtown Manhattan

Bus commuters and theater goes have a new beer destination in New York City.

The Beer Authority has opened its doors at 300 W. 40th St. at the corner of 8th Avenue.

The new three-story beer hall is owned by Joseph Donagher, of Rattle & Hum, and William Patrick Whyte. There’s a growler station downstairs and a kitchen upstairs that turns out Irish and pub comfort fare. Taps total 66 and the overall brew selection totals 150.

Can’t wait to stop in.

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