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…)

04/19/15 4:41pm
North Fork Horseradish Festival

Horseradish grown at Schmitt’s Family Farm. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

Tinamarie Cantanese of Baiting Hollow brought a mason jar of freshly squeezed tomato juice to stand out among the competition. And Bridget Senefelder of Miller Place hoped a bottle of Jim Beam Devil’s Cut 90 would get her noticed.

No, a can of V8 juice and a celery stalk wasn’t going to cut it for the the judges in the bloody mary contest at the second annual North Fork Horseradish Festival on Sunday. (more…)

04/01/15 4:22pm
George McDowell of Mattituck takes his turn grinding the horseradish roots grimacing as it stings his eyes. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photos)

George McDowell of Mattituck takes his turn grinding the horseradish roots grimacing as it stings his eyes. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photos)

The North Fork’s “official” horseradish bash might still be a fews weeks away, but old school Riverhead residents knew where to find the original party on Wednesday afternoon. (more…)

03/11/15 12:26pm
Brew Crew Cycles is bringing pedal-powered brewery tours to Riverhead. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Brew Crew Cycles is bringing pedal-powered brewery tours to Riverhead. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

You can say goodbye to trudging across pockmarked parking lots during your Riverhead craft brewery tour — there’s a new ride coming to town.

Two 14-person pedal-powered bicycles are rolling in and will shuttle patrons among downtown’s three breweries starting April 18. (more…)

12/11/14 2:19pm
Crooked Ladder Brewing Company co-owner Duffy Griffiths unloads empty barrels as his sales manager Nate Payne brings them inside to be washed and filled. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Crooked Ladder Brewing Company co-owner Duffy Griffiths unloads empty barrels as his sales manager Nate Payne brings them inside to be washed and filled. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The rise of the craft beer industry in the past few years has been well documented by the national media.

In fact, The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Budweiser is shifting its marketing strategy to combat the proliferation of microbreweries — and even smaller nanobreweries — and enhance its appeal to a younger audience as loyal Bud fans age and a new generation of beer lovers gravitates toward specialty brews. (more…)