A charity showcase for Long Island’s brewing talent in Bellport June 13

Participants from the last Bellport  Charity Beer, Wine and Food Tasting event

Participants from the last Bellport Charity Beer, Wine and Food Tasting event. David Shultzer is fourth from right in bottom row.

An annual Long Island event that has become a launching point for some of Long Island’s newest and smallest breweries takes place on June 13, 6-10 p.m. at the Bellport Country Club.

“It’s been a cool little showcase of Long Island’s brewing talent,” says organizer Dave Schulzter, owner of Bellport Beer and Soda, one of top beer merchants on Long Island.  “It’s the first exposure for some brewers before they are anybody.”

This year’s lineup of 18 breweries includes Outer Lands Brewing and The Brewers Collective, both groups of advanced home brewers who intend to go commercial. Ten restaurants and two East End wineries also are participating,

Schulzter, who for many years has been involved in the charity tasting event, the Bellport Charity Beer, Wine and Food Tasting  marks the fifth year he’s doing it on his own with sponsorships from a local wine shop, South Shore Wines and Liquors and a home brewers group, Long Island Beer and Malt Enthusiasts. “It’s been very rewarding,” he said of the work involved in running the event.

All proceeds from the event – beer, food and wine are donated – go to local charities.  Tickets to the Bellport Charity Beer, Wine & Food Tasting are limited to just 300. It takes place 6-10 p.m. on June 13 at the Bellport Country Club.  Local charities receive the proceeds from the event. Three hundred tickets are available. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online.

Proceeds from event will go to Camp Pa-Qua Tuck, which serves disabled children; The Lighthouse Mission , a faith-based soup kitchen in Bellport, and for three scholarships for deserving, needy seniors at Bellport High School.

Who’s going to be there?

Participating brewers include: Barrier Brewing, Blind Bat Brewery, Blue Point Brewing, Brewers Collective, Brewers East End Revival, Brickhouse Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, Fire Island Beer Co., Ghost Cat Brewing, Great South Bay Brewing, Greenport Harbor Brewing, Long Ireland Beer Co., Long Island Beer and Malt Enthusiasts, Port Jeff Brewing, Rocky Point Artisan Brewers, Sixpoint Brewery and Spider Bite Beer Co.

Among the restaurants and bars participating: Avino’s Italian Table, of Bellport; Bellport Country Club; Bobbique, of Patchogue; The Brickhouse Brewery, of Patchogue, The Good Life, of Massapequa Park; American Cheese, of Sayville; Ms. Michelle’s Urban Gourmet, a gluten-free bakery/café in Bayport, and Jackson’s, of Commack.

Wineries at the event include Ospreys Dominion Vineyards, Southold, and Comtesse Therese, Aquebogue.

The Bellport Country Club is at 40 S. Country Rd., Bellport.

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