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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…


Like a Spinal Tap amp, Beer Week delivers a bit more

By JIM McCUNE // Long Island Craft Beer Week kicks off this Friday and, despite its name, runs a full 10 days. Launched by local craft beer entrepreneurs and beer-passionate marketers, the event seeks to raise awareness for the regional craft beer culture and promote patronage at local breweries, bars and restaurants. It also seeks to help out the less fortunate by collecting food and donations for the Long Island Cares food bank through the…


Brew Bus Rolls Through Insurance Roadblock

By GREGORY ZELLER // Running the LI Brew Bus has been an education – and that, according to founder Brad Darrohn, is kind of an important point. Among the primary lessons learned since the retrofitted 1998 Blue Bird school bus started its weekend runs one year ago: Insurance ain’t cheap, a lesson hammered home so hard that Darrohn and his crew almost parked the bus permanently at the end of last summer. Based at the Long…