06/29/18 5:30am

North Fork Brewing Co. owners Ian Van Bourgondien and Peter Barraud in the tasting room. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

North Fork Brewing Company is celebrating the opening of its Riverhead tasting room just in time for Fourth of July.

The East Second Street tasting room — located in the former Riverhead Fire Department headquarters — is raising its garage door to welcome the public for the first time on Friday, June 29 from 3 to 9 p.m. (more…)

05/11/18 6:00am
North Fork Brewing Co.

Ian Van Bourgondien, right, and Pete Barraud in the North Fork Brewing Company building in Riverhead. (Credit: David Benthal)

On a recent outing, Southold native Ian Van Bourgondien plucked a beach plum from along the shores of the Peconic Bay. The fruit, or more specifically the naturally growing yeast on its surface, is now at the foundation of one of North Fork Brewing Company’s small-batch beers. 

The Riverhead brewery, which Van Bourgondien recently opened with his cousin and brewer Pete Barraud of Baiting Hollow, is harnessing the power of wild fermentation — a centuries-old, yet rarely utilized, technique that captures local terroir in a pint. (more…)

02/11/16 6:02am
Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. owners John Liegey and Rich Vandenburgh at the construction site of the brewery's new 2,000-square-foot 'brew pub.' (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. owners John Liegey and Rich Vandenburgh at the construction site of the brewery’s new 2,000-square-foot ‘brew pub.’ (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Expect a destination for touring the North Fork’s largest brewery, sampling some of the region’s tastiest porter and now, a sit-down meal, when Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. completes its new addition this spring.

Four support trusses for the new structure were installed at the Peconic property on Wednesday, which co-owner John Liegey called a “pivotal moment” in the building’s construction. He and fellow owner Rich Vandenburgh expect the space, which they are calling a “brew pub,” to be open to the public by mid-spring.

“It’s going to have a very open floor plan,” said Liegey, adding that outdoor seating will be available in warmer months. “It’s going to be a great space. We want an open environment where people feel comfortable.” (more…)

04/29/15 12:24pm
Long Ireland Celtic Ale tap

(Credit: Cyndi Murray, file)

Winos sipped Long Island reds and whites during Winterfest. Foodies are filling their bellies during Long Island Restaurant Week.

Now it’s time for craft beer lovers to indulge in an event all their own. (more…)

12/23/14 5:11pm
Brian Zimmerman inspects his barley crop on Twomey Avenue in Riverhead. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Brian Zimmerman inspects his barley crop on Twomey Avenue in Riverhead. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Already being hailed as a “fantastic idea” for the local craft beer industry, plans are in the works to bring Long Island’s first malted barley production facility to the Riverhead area by the summer. (more…)