Some of the coolest things happen during Long Island Craft Beer Week. Last year, I had the pleasure of talking to Rob, during the Simulcask at Blue Point Brewery, a fan of Craft Cares. He had been looking forward to trying last years juicy IPA. We both ended up at Blue Point again, this year, for the Simulcask. I couldn’t resist getting to chat with Rob again, and, of course, get it on video.
Long Island Craft Beer Week (LICBW) celebrates the local breweries from Nassau and Suffolk, building both brand awareness and strengthening the awareness of both beer enthusiasts and novices to the diversity of local brewers and the establishments that sell Long Island craft beer.
In the run-up to Craft Beer Week, LICBW partners with local brewers to produce Craft Cares, a collaborative beer brewed especially for our “Can for a Can” food drive with proceeds going to Long Island Cares (LIC), which benefits the hungry and food insecure on Long Island. In 2016, LICBW raised over 2,300 pounds of food and over $2000 for LIC.
Through this and other events, including our free Pint Glass Pickup, starting May 12 and running to May 21, 2017, LICBW promotes the thriving culture of craft beer across Long Island.
We are very excited to get the festivities for Long Island Craft Beer Week 2017 underway!
I don’t know if I have authorization to tell everyone this year’s Craft Cares beer style. So let them fire me, because the people have a right to know! It’s going to be a malty, sweet red ale. Are red ales one of my favorite styles? Yes! But I had nothing to do with the choice, which was made by people much higher up the beer chain—the collaborating brewers themselves.
We took some behind-the-scenes pictures. Take a look and get yourself ready for this year’s brew!
Jim from Blue Point and Paul from BrickHouse Brewery chat over a morning beer
In walks Bad Bad Leroy Br… oh wait, that’s Charlie from 1940’s Brewing!
Jacki from Long Island Craft Beer Week gets interviewed
Ingredient list for Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
A group selfie over some beers during the brewing of Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
Brewers and the LICBW crew get ready to mash some wort.
A classic selfie from Steve of Barrage Brewing.
Larry from Spider Bite Beer and Steve from Barrage Brewery check the temperature while cooking the mash
While we’re waiting for the mash to turn into a wort, let’s have another round!
9 AM beer doesn’t sound like a bad way to start Craft Cares brew day
Brian from BrickHouse Brewery pours hops into the wort, brewing Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
LICBW maven and owner of Bellport Cold Beer and Soda, Dave, enjoys a breakfast pint
Dave from Bellport Cold Beer and Soda teases the crew during brew day
Jim from Blue Point Brewery does some calculations while brewing Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
Larry from Spider Bite Beer enjoys a laugh at Craft Cares 2017 brew day.
Steve from Barrage Brewing and Larry from Spider Bite Beer check the ingredient list for Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
Lucky Craft Care brew attendees get to try a secret new brew from Blue Point Brewery. What’s in the can? WHAT’S IN THE CAAAAAN?
…and Paul carefully adds the hop pellets to the weighing bucket
Long Island brewers come together to brew Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
Jacki from Long Island Craft Beer Week uses all senses when trying her beer
Dave from Bellport Cold Beer and Soda pours some grain into the tun for mashing
Dave from Bellport Cold Beer and Soda helps remove the spent mash
Steve from Barrage Brewing takes a long snoot of a Blue Point Brewing beer
Paul from BrickHouse Brewery gets ready to weigh some hops…
Cooking up some malty red ale.
Jim from Blue Point Brewing uses some futuristic contraption to measure something? I don’t have a clue as to what he’s doing, but I bet it’ll make a better beer.
Collaborators on this year’s Craft Cares brew. Yes, sometimes brewing beer can be fun.
LICBW’s collaboration beer, Craft Cares Red Ale, now sits to let the yeast do its magic
The mash removed from the wort while brewing Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
Dave from Bellport Cold Beer and Soda tries some of the fresh wort. Malty!
Steve from Barrage Brewing adds some oats to the mash
Jim from Blue Point Brewery checks the wort’s specific gravity with a hydrometer
If you’re into Long Island craft beers, you know about one of the greatest events on Long Island, Blue Point Brewing Co.’s Cask Fest, this Saturday in Patchogue. It’s an amazing selection of one-off and maybe-brew-more casks from local and beyond breweries, and even some home brew clubs. It’s not a LICBW event, but we’re gonna be there anyway, since it’s the can’t miss event that begins the festival season. If you’re going, stop by our table to get more information about #LICBW17 and get a sticker! Everyone like stickers. And beer. Stickers and beer.
We’re working on the next Long Island Craft Beer Week! Watch this space for announcements. Long Island brewers are always working hard on their beers and ciders, and we’re so proud to help highlight their great work.
I got to chat with Paul, the head brewer at BrickHouse Brewing, in Patchogue, who has been a long time supporter of Long Island Craft Beer Week. The BrickHouse is celebrating its 20th year and has been the anchor of the Patchogue renaissance.
I got to talk to some great people from breweries around the Island when I attended Great South Bay Brewery’s Bay Fest, yesterday. Taking precious time away from the hordes of attendees, I managed to grab a couple of minute-long interviews with folks from three Long Island breweries. I want to thank Tim from The Brewers’ Collective, Kevin from Sand City, and Nate from Crooked Ladder once again for answering some questions and ignoring my amateur camera work.