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Long Island breweries, bars to celebrate Craft Beer Week May 6-17

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By Alan J. Wax

Long Island: get ready for Craft Beer Week.

Long Island’s craft beer industry and its supporters in the hospitality and retail trade are readying a week-plus long celebration of the region’s breweries and beers. It runs from May 6 to May 17, which of course, is more than a week.

Breweries, bars and restaurants will be running special events to mark the celebration. So far, 21 breweries have signed on along with 20 restaurants and bars, three retailers and two wholesalers.

David Schultzer, owner of Bellport Cold Beer & Soda and the lead organizer of Long Island Craft Beer Week, says the celebration is designed to create awareness of Long Island breweries and beers and to attract mainstream beer drinkers to craft beer. “While the focus is Long Island beer and breweries, we need to get more people into craft beer.”

Nevertheless, he said, other states, such as Oregon and California, sell a far greater proportion of locally produced beers than New York.

“We don’t do a good job of letting people know we exist,” he says. Moreover, he said, with the growing number of small breweries opening in the region, brewers will be fighting for the same piece of the pie—and survival, unless they attract legions of new imbibers. “If you don’t expand that customer base, how can you survive?”

The first big event of Long Island Craft Beer week is the May 6 kickoff, Long Island Craft Beer Cares, a charity beer and food tasting at the Melville Marriott Hotel to benefit the Long Island Cares food bank; the Lustgarten Foundation, which raises funds to fight pancreatic cancer, and the New York Bully Crew, a pet-rescue organization.

A collaboration brew — Long Island Craft Cares — developed and brewed by Great South Bay Brewery, of Bay Shore; Port Jeff Brewing, 1940’s Brewing Co., of Farmingdale; Barrage Brewing Co. of East Farmingdale, Blue Point Brewing Co. of Patchogue, and BrickHouse Brewery, also of Patchogue, will debut at the charity event.

Breweries represented at the Long Island Craft Beer Care event include: Blue Point; Great South Bay; Barrage; 1940’s ; Port Jeff; BrickHouse Brewery; Brooklyn Brewery; Sixpoint Brewery, Brooklyn; Spider Bite Beer Co., Holbrook; Blind Bat Brewery, Centerport; Destination Unknown Beer Co., Bay Shore; The Brewers Collective, Farmingdale; Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, Bronx Brewery and Southern Tier Brewing Co., Lakewood, New York.

Beers, Burgers Desserts of Rocky Point, The Tap Room of Patchogue, Noodles & Co., of Garden City, Verde Wine Bar of Deer Park, The Trattoria, St. James will be among area eateries serving up delicious food to accompany the local craft beer at the Craft Beer Cares event. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased online at Eventbrite.

Free Long Island Craft Beer pint glasses will be available and can be ordered online and picked up on May 7 at these locations: The Tap Room, Patchogue; Savoy Tavern, Merrick; Beers Burgers Desserts, Rocky Point; Brewology, Speonk; Lil’ Left Coast, Bellmore; Bobbique, Patchogue and Eat Gastropub, Island Park.

The celebration’s other big event is Bay Fest, a beer festival featuring dozens of breweries at Great South Bay Brewery, i25 Drexel Ave., Bay Shore on May 16. Twenty-seven  breweries — at last count — and several home brew clubs will be pouring samples of their wares. There’s a general session from 1:30 to 5:30 pm with tickets $40 online and $15 for designated drivers. A VIP session, which starts at 12:45 p.m. $55 per person and $15 for designated drivers. Tickets are available at Ticketfly.

In addition to the host brewery, participating brewers include Port Jeff Brewing, BrickHouse Brewery, Blue Point Brewing, Barrage Brewing, 1940’s Brewing, Montauk Brewing Co., Oyster Bay Brewing, Barrier Brewing of Island Park, Southampton Publick House, Riverhead’s Crooked Ladder Brewing, Goose Island Beer Co. of Chicago, Two Roads Brewing of Stratford, Connecticut, Brooklyn Brewery, Ommergang, Greenport Harbor Brewing, Long Ireland Beer Co. of Riverhead, Adirondack Pub and Brewery of Lake George, Third Rail Beer Co. of Manhattan, Southern Tier, Samuel Adams, Destination Unknown, and Lithology Brewing, Farmingdale.

The big events sandwich a multitude of smaller, but no-less exciting events. You’ll find them listed at the Long Island Craft Beer week website.

Hope to see you at one them.


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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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