06/23/17 6:00am

A can of Moustache Brewing Co. Get Up On Outta Here.
(Credit: Lenn Thompson)

As a wine geek who also enjoys beer — but who doesn’t work nearly as hard at beer drinking as I do wine tasting — it’s been fascinating to watch the evolution and revolution of the hoppy beers.

When I first started getting into India Pale Ales (IPAs) it was both the flavors (mostly dank and resinous in those days) as well as the bitterness that appealed to me. Now, there are so many different varieties of hops, each bringing different flavor profiles, that it’s harder to know what you’re getting if you just pick up any IPA off the shelf.

The most recent trendy iteration of IPA “New England-Style IPA” with its effusive tropical fruit character, unfiltered haze, creamy mouthfeel and lack bitter bite on the finish are easy to drink. Still, I miss the hop-born bitterness. It cuts through the fruity and creamy qualities and makes for a more balanced beer. (more…)

06/09/17 5:59am

Peonies at Spirit’s Promise Horse Rescue, located on Blossom Hollow Ranch. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

If you are in need of a little soul therapy this month, you’re in luck.

Spirit’s Promise horse farm and equine sanctuary is continuing its “Peonies for Ponies” event every Sunday in June.

For $5 per person (ages 5 and up), you get a tour of the horse farm and can visit the one acre field of in-bloom peonies.

“They are done blooming in July so it’s a very special time,” said farm manager Jessie Siegel. “It’s a full experience. Last week, nobody had their phones out, everybody was in the moment.” (more…)

06/06/17 6:02am

The Netflix series Jessica Jones filmed at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead last week. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

The Netflix series “Jessica Jones,” a Marvel project about a former superhero turned private investigator who confronts her troubled past to stop a killer, filmed scenes for its second season at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead last Wednesday. (more…)

05/11/17 6:01am

When Edwin Tuccio, owner of North Quarter Farm and Tweeds Restaurant and Buffalo Bar, both in Riverhead, first realized one of his bison had given birth to a black calf in 2009, he was shocked. At the time, Tuccio was president of the National Bison Foundation. After making a handful of calls to other bison raisers, he realized how rare it was for a calf to be black.

Now those rarities have become almost a yearly occurrence at the farm.

“I don’t know how it happens; it just happens,” said Tuccio, who now has three newborn black calves on the farm. Two of the newest black bison were born the first week in May and a third was born Monday. “For some reason my herd throw off these very rare black bison.” (more…)