Food Tech

The first-ever Crushies are, um, in the can

By GREGORY ZELLER // A little later than expected – but still fresh – the first national competition saluting the best in craft-beer marketing has announced its inaugural champions, including clever campaigns based on Long Island. The 2020 Craft Beer Marketing Awards – a.k.a. “The Crushies” – were presented live June 16 in a virtual ceremony on Facebook. Billed as “the first of [its] kind in the USA,” the competition began accepting entries from smaller…

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At Alpha Wolf, a natural focus on revitalization

By GREGORY ZELLER // Consider it a beta version of Alpha Wolf. Responding adroitly (and not cheaply) to sales patterns and customer feedback, founder Michael Chalavoutis’ Carle Place-based beverage maker has both reformulated and rebranded, with a new exclusive focus on natural ingredients, the end of two “traditional” flavors and a new “exotic” blend splashing onto shelves. There are new bottles, new packaging and a new slogan, too – all part of the same course…


Saving the Great South Bay, 16 ounces at a time

By JIM MCCUNE // Our Great South Bay is under grave threat. The main issue is water quality. For generations, the Great South Bay provided half of all clams consumed in the United States, and provided the first oysters exported to Europe by royal request. To this day, Blue Point Oysters can still be found on menus around the globe, coasting on only their good name. Over the years, the Great South Bay has lost a…


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…


At Garvies Point Brewery, a new can-do attitude

By JIM MCCUNE // Garvies Point Craft Brewery was so excited about its first-ever can release, the Glen Cove-based company decided to double down on the event by premiering both its award-winning Gold Coast Double IPA and the first of a new sour series called Sour Batch Citra. The Double IPA runs 8 percent ABV; the Citra, a wheat ale, tops out at 5.1 percent with a pH of 3.5. Garvies Point is the latest…


In craft brewing, tapping the power of women

By JIM MCCUNE // Though it’s a bit of a boy’s club today, craft brewing was historically a women-run enterprise, first a domestic chore dating back almost four millennia, then a craft, a cottage industry and, eventually, big business. (For some, it was even more: The Sumerians had a beer goddess named Ninkasi.) Brewing didn’t become male-dominated in Europe until the Renaissance, and it changed genders even later in America, where women remained active home…


Merry CSA Day, from the Amagansett Food Institute

By GREGORY ZELLER // At least, after today, they’ll stop playing all that Community Supported Agriculture music on the radio. In case it somehow escaped your attention, today is CSA Day, a quasi-holiday/day of observance started in 2014 by Small Farm Central, a Pittsburgh-based tech firm that creates software and other digital tools for agricultural entrepreneurs. Community Supported Agriculture is a model through which customers buy pre-season “shares” of local crops, helping farmers survive lean…