10/24/16 6:13am
Touch of Venice's Figtini is served with a slice of real fig (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Touch of Venice’s Figtini is served with a slice of real fig (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

The first few weeks of autumn may have some people reaching for a sweater or rake, but here on the North Fork we make autumn-inspired libations.  (more…)

09/13/16 6:01am
Long Ireland Beer Company co-owner Dan Burke (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Long Ireland Beer Company co-owner Dan Burke (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The calendar may say September, but the folks at Long Ireland Beer Company are thinking about St. Patrick’s Day.

This Saturday, Sept. 17, the brewery will host its sixth annual “Halfway to Saint Patrick’s Day Party.” Festivities will include 12 Long Ireland beers on tap, food trucks like the Grill Boys and Chiddy’s serving up their specialities, live music performed by Long Island’s own Gallagher Brothers Band and bagpipes.

Celebrating the halfway date to St. Patrick’s Day has become a traditional event for these Riverhead brewers.

“A lot of breweries do anniversary parties on their opening day,” said co-owner Greg Martin. “But we opened on March 1, then started selling beer two weeks before St. Patrick’s Day, so we didn’t want to do a big party just two weeks before St. Patrick’s Day.” (more…)

08/29/16 6:02am
(Credit: Claire Leaden, file photo)

(Credit: Claire Leaden, file photo)

L.I. Hops, the 43-acre hop farm in Riverhead, will celebrate the 2016 harvest with the first-ever Fresh Hop Festival on Saturday, September 24.

The event will offer samplings of locally brewed beers made with locally grown and harvested hops, many brewed especially for this event. Attendees will enjoy an afternoon of beer tasting with a little bit of hop farming education. (more…)

06/14/16 7:52am
Long Beard Brewing co-owner Paul Carlin proudly displays his building permit (MONIQUE SINGHROY PHOTO)

Long Beard Brewing Co. co-owner Paul Carlin proudly displays the building permit at his Riverhead brewery. (Monique Singh-Roy)

If you build it, they will come.

That appears to be Riverhead’s motto when it comes to craft breweries, as the town welcomes its fifth beer maker to the fold.

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06/08/16 10:03am

Long Ireland

As demand for craft beer continues to grow, two local breweries are responding this summer with changes in their production methods.

Now in its second year of bottling, Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. recently added four new 90-barrel fermenters at its Peconic location, a move that will enable the North Fork’s first brewery to expand its production capacity by 70 percent.

And in order to meet customer demand, Long Ireland Beer Company in Riverhead has moved some of its styles off the bottling line and into cans, which will help Riverhead’s first craft brewer increase its presence on store shelves.

“We always wanted to make beer in cans,” said Long Ireland co-owner Dan Burke. “We inherited a bottling line when we bought the brewery. But now, demand for the beer has outpaced the speed at which I can produce bottles on the bottling line.”

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09/18/15 11:21pm
Long Ireland Beer Company co-owner Dan Burke (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Long Ireland Beer Company co-owner Dan Burke  (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Long Ireland Beer Company uses local hops to do more than just sell beer. On Friday, they used proceeds from their latest wet-hopped brew to kick back some cash to the farmers who grew the hops themselves.

Called the Wet Hop Co-Op Session IPA, Long Ireland co-owner Dan Burke said it was made with hops from Wading River’s Condzella Farms, Riverhead’s L.I. Hops and Weskofske Farms in Peconic. Some 40 kegs were brewed using three varieties including Cascade, Centennial and Willamette. (more…)