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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…


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…


On LI, it’s hip once more to grow hops

By JIM MCCUNE // It’s been nearly three years since Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the New York State farm brewing law to spur demand for locally grown products and increase the economic impact of the burgeoning craft brewing industry. And it’s apparently working, at least here. Long Island already has a dozen farm breweries, with a dozen more in the planning. The law created a new brewery license that, among other things, allows farm-based breweries…