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!
Steve from Barrage Brewing takes a long snoot of a Blue Point Brewing beer
Jim from Blue Point Brewery checks the wort’s specific gravity with a hydrometer
Brewers and the LICBW crew get ready to mash some wort.
Long Island brewers come together to brew Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
Brian from BrickHouse Brewery pours hops into the wort, brewing Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
Jim from Blue Point Brewery does some calculations while brewing Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
Dave from Bellport Cold Beer and Soda tries some of the fresh wort. Malty!
The mash removed from the wort while brewing Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
Larry from Spider Bite Beer enjoys a laugh at Craft Cares 2017 brew day.
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!
Dave from Bellport Cold Beer and Soda helps remove the spent mash
Steve from Barrage Brewing and Larry from Spider Bite Beer check the ingredient list for Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
A classic selfie from Steve of Barrage Brewing.
…and Paul carefully adds the hop pellets to the weighing bucket
Jacki from Long Island Craft Beer Week gets interviewed
Paul from BrickHouse Brewery gets ready to weigh some hops…
LICBW maven and owner of Bellport Cold Beer and Soda, Dave, enjoys a breakfast pint
Larry from Spider Bite Beer and Steve from Barrage Brewery check the temperature while cooking the mash
Jacki from Long Island Craft Beer Week uses all senses when trying her beer
Dave from Bellport Cold Beer and Soda teases the crew during brew day
Cooking up some malty red ale.
9 AM beer doesn’t sound like a bad way to start Craft Cares brew day
While we’re waiting for the mash to turn into a wort, let’s have another round!
A group selfie over some beers during the brewing of Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
Collaborators on this year’s Craft Cares brew. Yes, sometimes brewing beer can be fun.
Dave from Bellport Cold Beer and Soda pours some grain into the tun for mashing
LICBW’s collaboration beer, Craft Cares Red Ale, now sits to let the yeast do its magic
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?
Ingredient list for Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
Steve from Barrage Brewing adds some oats to the mash
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.
Brewers from across Long Island raise a toast to the start of the Craft Cares brewing process.
Before Long Island bars, distributors, and brewers come together for the festivities during 2016 Long Island Craft Beer Week, May 13 – May 22, a group of brewers joined together to collaborate on the second beer in the Craft Cares series. The beers brewed for Craft Cares are not for sale, but are traded for by giving two canned goods to participating locations. The canned goods are donated to Long Island Cares, for the benefit of the hungry on Long Island.
Look at this hops list!
This year, the collaborators met up on an early grey Thursday morning at Blue Point Brewing, in Patchogue. While the small talk revolved around the the lighter side of beer brewing, the serious brewing got underway. Using Niagara malt, the brewing facility filled with that unmistakable scent of malted barley. Throughout the day, hops were added a specific intervals. With the list of hops these brewers used, it’s fairly obvious that the 2016 Craft Cares brew will be an IPA. As for the name of this year’s version, we don’t know yet. We can’t expect brewers from 11 different breweries to agree on everything that quickly, can we?
The 2016 Craft Cares collaborators are Charles Becker from 1940’s Brewing, Steve Pominski from Barrage Brewing, Jim Richards from Blue Point, Paul Komsic from BrickHouse Brewery, Chris Candiano from Destination Unknown Beer, Marc Jackson from Lithology Brewing, Lauri and Matt Spitz from Moustache Brewing, Mike Philbrick from Port Jefferson Brewing, Larry Goldstein from Spider Bite Brewing, and Peter Chekijian from Twin Fork Beer, along with Kevin Sihler from Sand City Brewing. Look forward to an official release date for the 2016 Craft Cares cans and for more information on the 2016 Long Island Craft Beer Week on this website and on our Facebook page!