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…)
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…)
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…)