09/19/14 1:00pm
Oysters served by Noah's in Greenport at the first Oyster Showcase at Sparkling Pointe in Southold. Photo courtesy of Noah's

Oysters served by Noah’s in Greenport at the first Local Oyster Showcase at Sparkling Pointe in Southold. Photo courtesy of Noah’s

Long Island’s oysters farmers and top chefs are coming out for a day of food and wine next Sunday at the third-annual Local Oyster Showcase at Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery. (more…)

09/19/14 7:00am
Coffee Pot Cellars' new winasaur "Adam" made his debut in front of the Cutchouge tasting room Thursday.  (Cyndi Murray photo)

Coffee Pot Cellars’ new winasaur “Adam” made his debut in front of the Cutchouge tasting room Thursday. (Cyndi Murray photo)

The next time you’re driving down Main Road in Cutchogue, be on the lookout for a dinosaur. Actually, make that a wine-asaur.

Or as the co-owner of Coffee Pot Cellars spells it, winasaur. And she can spell it any way she wants; she invented it.

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09/18/14 5:20pm

WetHopOff the bine, into the kettle and on to the party.

So goes the short life of a hop after it’s been picked on the North Fork. At least those that are thrown into wet hop beers, for which there will be a release party tomorrow night.

Long Ireland Beer Company is hosting its Wet Hop IPA release party tomorrow night, with wet hop beers from Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. and Port Jefferson Brewing Co. also on tap.

Related: North Fork hop plants are reaching maturity

Wet hop beers are crafted from hops within 24 hours from being picked from the bine, which they flower from. Being put into the brewing kettle so shortly after they are picked allows more resin from hops to be utilized in the beers — resulting in a hoppier flavor.

Greg Martin, co-owner of Long Ireland, said that this year, his brewery’s IPA utilized Cascade hops from Condzella Farm in Wading River, Chinook hops from Wesnofske Farms in Cutchogue, and Centennial hops from North Fork Hops in Southold. In total, about 100 pounds of hops were used.

Friday night’s release party kicks off at Long Ireland at 3 p.m., running until 9 p.m.