Jim McCune

Long Ireland keeps those Irish eyes (and lips) smiling

By JIM McCUNE // For years, best friends Greg Martin and Dan Burke worked together as mechanical technicians for a local home-heating oil company, often getting through their grueling days by imagining their dream jobs. Rock star, ice-cream taster and even firefighter didn’t seem realistic. But they also talked a lot about brewing beer. In 2004, Greg and Dan brewed their first beer on Dan’s kitchen stove in Shoreham – an IPA, Burke recalls. “It…


For LI brewers, Craft Beer Week is a show of strength

By JIM McCUNE // With a jumpstart on this year’s American Craft Beer Week, the seventh-annual Long Island Craft Beer Week returns with a Nassau County Cask Kickoff May 11. The event’s mission is to promote patronage at Long Island’s breweries, bars and restaurants and to raise awareness of local craft-beer culture, while doing some good through the Craft Cares food drive. But for those who are new to the scene, Long Island Craft Beer…


McCune: Partly cloudy, chance of awesome in NEIPAs

By JIM McCUNE // New England India Pale Ale is a conundrum. It’s not even a recognized beer style. But this new variation on the IPA has emerged as one of the most sought-after, highest-rated, incessantly talked-about beers in America. For anyone who hasn’t heard, NEIPA is an unfiltered India Pale Ale (or Double IPA) that’s been aggressively hopped, giving it a hazy, cloudy or completely opaque appearance, not unlike orange juice. New England India…


Moustache: Membership (and growth) have privileges

By JIM McCUNE // The first rule of the Society for Fine Liquid Provisions: You always talk about the Society for Fine Liquid Provisions. This ain’t “Fight Club.” The members-only beer club, the brainchild of Moustache Brewing Co. co-founders Lauri and Matthew Spitz, is one of the more intriguing methods for releasing popular and rare beers, without the chaos and hurt feelings that come with the antiquated “first-come, first-serve” model. It works something like this:…


At Patchogue’s BrickHouse, 21 and all grown up

By JIM McCUNE // The South Shore’s Patchogue Village has undergone a major revitalization in recent years – new shops, bars and restaurants seem to open every day, and the unprecedented transformation has turned Main Street into a spectacle, and a hot year-round destination. At the heart of it all is Patchogue’s oldest commercial building, at 67 West Main St. Built in 1850 by John Havens from fieldstone and ship ballast – plentiful materials at…


Spinal tap? This Spider-Man certainly adjusted well

By JIM McCUNE // Around these parts, Larry Goldstein is the real Spider-Man. As legend has it, Goldstein got bit by a bug, and as he gazed at the fang marks atop a painful, swelling welt, he knew it was a spider. Alas, the spider wasn’t radioactive. Goldstein can’t shoot webs or scale walls. But the bite did imbibe some superhuman brewing powers – and a cool name for a brewery. Next month, Holbrook’s Spider…


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….