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 Brewery checks the wort’s specific gravity with a hydrometer
Steve from Barrage Brewing and Larry from Spider Bite Beer check the ingredient list for 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!
Dave from Bellport Cold Beer and Soda teases the crew during brew day
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?
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.
Long Island brewers come together to brew Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
LICBW’s collaboration beer, Craft Cares Red Ale, now sits to let the yeast do its magic
9 AM beer doesn’t sound like a bad way to start Craft Cares brew day
Steve from Barrage Brewing adds some oats to the mash
Dave from Bellport Cold Beer and Soda helps remove the spent mash
Brewers and the LICBW crew get ready to mash some wort.
Ingredient list for Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
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
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
LICBW maven and owner of Bellport Cold Beer and Soda, Dave, enjoys a breakfast pint
A group selfie over some beers during the brewing of Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
Steve from Barrage Brewing takes a long snoot of a Blue Point Brewing beer
Jacki from Long Island Craft Beer Week gets interviewed
Collaborators on this year’s Craft Cares brew. Yes, sometimes brewing beer can be fun.
…and Paul carefully adds the hop pellets to the weighing bucket
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.
In walks Bad Bad Leroy Br… oh wait, that’s Charlie from 1940’s Brewing!
Jim from Blue Point and Paul from BrickHouse Brewery chat over a morning beer
Brian from BrickHouse Brewery pours hops into the wort, brewing Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
Paul from BrickHouse Brewery gets ready to weigh some hops…
Cooking up some malty red ale.
While we’re waiting for the mash to turn into a wort, let’s have another round!
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.
Pint Glass Pickup sign up is closed! We’ve gone through our inventory of pint glasses and have to close the sign up earlier than expected. We want to thank you for your enthusiasm! For those who got to sign up, pick up your pint glasses May 15 after 5pm from your sign up locations: Bobbique, 70 W Main St in Patchogue; The Tap Room, 114 W Main St in Patchogue; Rudi’s, 554 New York Route 112, Patchogue; Parlay Gastropub, 210 Merrick Rd in Rockville Centre; EGP Oceanside, 2823 Long Beach Rd, Oceanside; or, Tap + Barrel, 558 Smithtown Bypass, Smithtown.