A collection of Long Ireland pours at the brewery’s Riverhead tasting room. (Credit: David Benthal)
Bust out your kilts and tune your bagpipes, St. Patrick’s Day is nigh!
This feast was originally created to honor Saint Patrick, a priest credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. Occurring during Lent, alcohol and food restrictions were happily lifted in observance of the day. (more…)
Matt Spitz, co-owner of Moustache Brewery, picking hops. (Credit: Barbarellen Koch)
It’s harvest time on the North Fork. And while that means produce like fruits, vegetables and wine grapes are ripe for the picking, it’s also time to reap fresh hops for beer making.
This time of year is when local breweries make beers using the “wet hop” method. The process involves taking hops fresh off the bine (that’s what hop vines are called) and using them within 24 hours of being picked. (more…)
Reporter Monique Singh-Roy (left), Pashka Bellia and Laurie Reichert, both of Massapequa, aboard the tour bike. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)
As we pull out of the parking lot, the wind whips my hair, the radio cranks Quiet Riot’s “Come on Feel the Noise” and cars slow down to gawk as we reach our maximum pedaling speed — a whopping three miles an hour.
Whoever said “It’s not the destination, but the journey” probably had Brew Crew Cycles, two 14-seat bicycles that tour Riverhead’s breweries, in mind. The bikes would be a great way to meander around Riverhead, even if you’re not headed to a brewery. But more on the destinations in a bit. (more…)