12/08/18 6:00am

Dan Burke and Greg Martin at Long Ireland Brewing Co. on Pulaski Street. (Credit: David Benthal)

In New York State, 2018 was the year of craft beer.

With 400 breweries now operating across the Empire State, the beer boom hit record proportions this year. (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…)

10/21/18 5:55am

Saint James Brewery owners Rachel and Jamie Adams. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

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A farm-to-pint mentality brews at Saint James Brewery in Holbrook. Husband and wife duo Jamie and Rachel Adams equate their beer-making process to that of a vintner or chef whose work is dictated by Mother Nature and the changing of the seasons. (more…)

10/05/18 6:10am

Co-owners Lauri and Matt Spitz behind the bar at the new tasting room. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Let’s raise a glass.

Moustache Brewing Co. unveiled its newly expanded Riverhead tasting room Thursday.

The 1,400-square-foot tasting room is more than three times the size of its original 400-square-foot space — and not too far away either. (more…)

07/11/18 6:10am

The Hurricane IPA and Irish Eyes Cream Stout. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

East End craft beer lovers can add a visit to Westhampton Beach Brewing Co. to their summer bucket list.

The tasting room opened in the Hampton Business District at Francis S. Gabreski Airport in late June with a selection of five beers on tap: the Westhampton Beach Blonde, Thom’s Elbow IPA, Copper Ale, Irish Eyes Cream Stout and Hurricane IPA. (more…)

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…)

05/12/17 6:00am
It's Long Island Craft Beer Week. (Credit: Northforker file photo)

It’s Long Island Craft Beer Week. (Credit: Northforker file photo)

It’s that time of year again. I’m not talking about gypsy moth caterpillars or the mass influx of Manhattanites surging east — I mean Long Island Craft Beer Week. Every spring, restaurants, pubs, breweries and tasting rooms celebrate the incredible boom of locally produced craft beer.  (more…)