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…)
This Saturday, Sept. 17, the brewery will host its sixth annual “Halfway to Saint Patrick’s Day Party.” Festivities will include 12 Long Ireland beers on tap, food trucks like the Grill Boys and Chiddy’s serving up their specialities, live music performed by Long Island’s own Gallagher Brothers Band and bagpipes.
Celebrating the halfway date to St. Patrick’s Day has become a traditional event for these Riverhead brewers.
“A lot of breweries do anniversary parties on their opening day,” said co-owner Greg Martin. “But we opened on March 1, then started selling beer two weeks before St. Patrick’s Day, so we didn’t want to do a big party just two weeks before St. Patrick’s Day.” (more…)
L.I. Hops, the 43-acre hop farm in Riverhead, will celebrate the 2016 harvest with the first-ever Fresh Hop Festival on Saturday, September 24.
The event will offer samplings of locally brewed beers made with locally grown and harvested hops, many brewed especially for this event. Attendees will enjoy an afternoon of beer tasting with a little bit of hop farming education. (more…)
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.”