05/11/18 6:00am
North Fork Brewing Co.

Ian Van Bourgondien, right, and Pete Barraud in the North Fork Brewing Company building in Riverhead. (Credit: David Benthal)

On a recent outing, Southold native Ian Van Bourgondien plucked a beach plum from along the shores of the Peconic Bay. The fruit, or more specifically the naturally growing yeast on its surface, is now at the foundation of one of North Fork Brewing Company’s small-batch beers. 

The Riverhead brewery, which Van Bourgondien recently opened with his cousin and brewer Pete Barraud of Baiting Hollow, is harnessing the power of wild fermentation — a centuries-old, yet rarely utilized, technique that captures local terroir in a pint. (more…)