microbrews

They were brew-tours before brew-tours were cool

By GREGORY ZELLER // Before everyone and their brother was offering bus tours of Long Island’s brew pubs and vineyards, there was Tapped Enterprises. The Ronkonkoma-based brainchild of President Kevin Bowker actually launched in 2008, first as a purveyor of what the founder called “dorm décor” – posters, flags and other beer-themed accouterments for the college set. But by 2012, still years before leave-the-driving-to-us tours of Long Island’s craft-beverage scene were in vogue, the enterprise…


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…


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…