craft beer

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…


A toast, to craft beverages: Albany eases labeling laws

By GREGORY ZELLER // Good news for Long Island’s bubbling craft-beverage industries: New state laws make it easier to register brand labels for your innovative alcoholic brews. Governor Andrew Cuomo this week signed legislation cutting some of the regulatory red tape slowing down vintners, mead makers and other industrious craft brewers – specifically, eliminating rules that required brand-label registration requests to be filed with the New York State Liquor Authority by certified, registered or overnight…


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…


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…


The Brew Bus: Ready to barrel on down the highway

By GREGORY ZELLER // Brad Darrohn likes beer. Specifically, the partner at Bohemia-based online marketing firm Fishbat enjoys craft beers, those brewed in small batches by local beer lovers like himself. Long Island has a thriving microbrew culture, but its geographical sprawl presents a problem for those who would enjoy their suds responsibly. But also an opportunity. Lamenting that a single-day tour of the Island’s widespread breweries using conventional transportation was virtually impossible, Darrohn determined…