Beverages

Wading once more into the crowd that loves them

By GREGORY ZELLER // Consider it a home-brewed version of Kickstarter. Riverhead’s Moustache Brewing Co., which launched following a successful 2012 campaign on the group-funding site, is once again appealing to its growing fan base – this time, to help fund new fermenting tanks essential to the microbrewery’s expansion plans. Building on their successful Growler of the Month Club, owners Lauri and Matthew Spitz have created The Moustache Brewing Co. Society for Fine Liquid Provisions,…


Collaboration that goes well beyond the pale

By JIMMY MCCUNE // Several years after opening A Taste of Long Island, a shared commercial kitchen and local-specialty food market, home brewer and foodpreneur Jim Thompson and his daughter Courtney have launched New York State’s first co-working brewery, an incubator located on Main Street in downtown Farmingdale. The brewing incubator is accessible to all aspiring brewers and fosters the development of local craft breweries by providing a pilot brewing facility, business consultation, storage, tap…


Paumanok scores big at Wine Advocate

Mark Squires, a former Philadelphia attorney turned full-time wine obsessive, is taking his new assignment on Wine Advocate’s Long Island watch seriously. Beginning in June, when he released some of the best reviews ever of local vintages, Squires has shown a clear thirst for Long Island wines, with a second round of reviews just released and more coming in December. In all, 26 wines scored 90 or above, with Paumanok Vineyards the big winner with…


Add a little amber to the orange and blue

The Blue Point Brewing Co. is going to the World Series. A pint (or six) of the Patchogue craft brewery’s flagship Toasted Lager is on the line – along with other spoils from across the Empire State – as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s World Series bet with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. In addition to wearing the other team’s jersey to work, the loser will deliver a care package of home-grown goodies. In Cuomo’s case, that…


State revamps rules for craft beverage industry

The State Liquor Authority has approved a host of improved rules aimed at helping craft beverage manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers. The changes come in the wake of the third annual Beer, Wine, Spirits and Cider Summit, at which craft beverage makers had the chance to bend government’s ear on issues affecting the industry, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo has promised to support as a key New York job-builder. Chief among the changes is authorization of contract brewing, allowing small breweries to use…


State promises $16M for craft beverage sector

Albany kicked in $16 million to support the state’s craft beverage industry on Wednesday, including $5 million for no-interest loans, plus stepped-up marketing and beverage-related tourism and grants for beverage entrepreneurs to attend educational events and showcases in other states. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also promised to cut government red tape that has slowed craft beer, cider and other small manufacturers in the sector. “Our investments in the farm-based beverage industry have created a synergy of economic…


Enjoying the not-too-sweet taste of success

By GREGORY ZELLER // Given that he’s American and draws a breath, it’s no surprise Kyle Chandler likes beer. And given that he’s a Long Islander during the Island’s craft-beverage renaissance, it follows that Chandler enjoys small-batch microbrews. In fact, he counts the proprietors of several Island brewpubs – including Riverhead’s Moustache Brewing Co. and Patchogue’s Blue Point Brewing Co. – among his friends, and volunteers often to help them at craft festivals and other…


It’s always Friday for some LI microbrews

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Islanders who appreciate small-batch craft beers can now find them on tap in the mothership of large-scale commercialization: TGI Fridays. In addition to stalwart suds like Budweiser and Coors, the Texas-based restaurant chain is now serving microbrews at several Long Island locations, part of a larger corporate effort to capitalize on the increasing popularity of regional craft beverages. While it includes beers from several Northeast locales – including the fall-flavored…


Capping off 30 great years

By GREGORY ZELLER // There’s a few things you should know about EGC 1985 IPA, the newest concoction of Riverhead’s Crooked Ladder Brewing Co. Leaning towards orange in color, the India Pale Ale is made with four varieties of West Coast hops, giving it a powerful aroma and taste. It has a stronger alcohol content than 70 West, the microbrewery’s flagship brew, and significantly more hops. Only about 20 cases of the IPA have been…


Industrial gastropub docks at Port Jeff

By JIM McCUNE // Craft brewing is helping popularize a new wave of gastropubs, where small-batch craft beer and spirits are paired with high-level cuisine. Long Island is home to more than 30 of them, with the latest, Brewology295, recently joining the bustling Port Jefferson bar scene. The concept of a restaurant within a bar reinvigorated London’s pub and dining culture in the early 1990s and then slowly made its way to the United States….


A little more help for craft beverages

New York has made life a little easier for craft beverage companies. Three new laws signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo ease burdens on microbreweries, farm distilleries and retail enterprises engaged in the craft-beverage business. Under the retail-focused law, retail outlets that sell beer, cider and liquor are now authorized to conduct tastings without the manufacturer or wholesaler being present, overturning previous laws requiring the participation of a representative of the craft-beverage-maker. State Sen. Carl Marcellino…


Cuomo touts boost to NY distillers

Bottoms up, New York. Not only does the state – and Long Island in particular – house a growing craft-beer scene, but liquor-, cider- and wine-producing distilleries are also pouring in, thanks in no small part to cost-savings policies implemented specifically to help these spirits-makers thrive. Policy changes since 2012 have saved New York distillers over $450,000 in labeling and licensing fees, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, and helped increase the number of statewide…