11/29/18 6:10am

Brewer Mike Rizzo empties the mash from the tank. (Credit: Cyndi Zaweski)

Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. joined hundreds of craft beer makers from all corners of the country Tuesday to brew a special beer to help those impacted by the Camp Fire in California. (more…)

11/01/18 6:01am

Pat Alfred takes a beer break at Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.’s Carpenter Street location. (Credit: David Benthal)

It’s a Friday afternoon in September at the original Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. and Pat Alfred is loading kegs of the brewery’s new Respect to Process pale ale onto a pallet.

It’s past Labor Day, but the temperature inside the brewing space is approaching 100 degrees, so beads of sweat drip down the brewer’s face as he labors through the end of his day.

Before he calls it quits, Alfred breaks out a hose. The kegs get sprayed. The floor gets cleaned. Everything gets sanitized. (more…)

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…)