There has never been a better time to be a beer drinker on Long Island. Many out-of-state breweries have grown and expanded distribution to New York in recent years, making it possible to find former-unicorn beers like Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale (a great hop-forward ale) in local beer shops.
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.”
Photo Courtesy of WordHampton PR | Claudia Fleming of the North Fork Table & Inn will take part in the 2013 Chefs Dinner in Bridgehampton.
A collection of North Forkers will join forces with top Manhattan and Hamptons chefs to tempt your taste buds as they help raise money for three different causes—Hayground School, Jeff’s Kitchen and The Jeff Salaway Scholarship Fund—on Sunday July 28 at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton. (more…)