Interviews from Bay Fest during Long Island Craft Beer Week 2016

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.

Check out the videos at Drunk & Unemployed!

Craft Cares IPA

A can of 2016 Craft Cares IPA and a glass with the amber beer poured into it

Check it out: 7% ABV with a hop bill consisting of Citra, Amarillo, Cascade, and Equinox. We also went with larger 16oz cans this year! Holy moly, we can’t wait for you all to try it! Remember, all it takes is two cans of non-perishable canned food to receive a can of Craft Cares IPA. This is a very limited run so one per person, please! Find your local trader here:

Download the LICBW16 App for up-to-the-minute info

Download the Long Island Craft Beer App

We look forward to spending time together next week during 2016 Long Island Craft Beer Week, and we’re excited to announce the “Long Island Craft Beer Week” app! The app will allow you to:

  • Connect with our attendees
  • Browse speaker profiles and bookmark favorites
  • Set reminders for sessions you don’t want to miss
  • Get to know more about our Breweries
  • Take session notes for future reference

Download Instructions

  1. Open the web browser on your device and download the CrowdCompass Directory mobile app at: —or— you can also find the app in your respective store by typing in “CrowdCompass Directory” in the search field. This will work for Apple and Android devices.
  2. After you download the app, search for the event by typing in “Long Island Craft Beer Week” in the top search field and hit search/enter. Click on the event name to get access to the event content.
  3. Login to the event for more features and add yourself to attendee list. Tap on the “about” icon and look for the “sign up for an account” instructions under App Help section.

BlackBerry & Non-Smart Phone Devices

The web version of the app is accessible at:

Onsite Assistance

Long Island Craft Beer Week Champions—Here to Help! Email:

Craft Cares IPA 2016 redemption locations

Starting May 13, 2016, here are the locations where you can trade two cans of food for one can of Craft Cares IPA (one can per person, please—supplies are very limited!):

Pint Glass Pickup

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.

Long Island Brewers Meet at Blue Point Brewing to Start a Fresh Batch of Craft Cares

LICBW16 Craft Cares Brewers in Blue Point Brewing Tap Room

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.

2016 Craft Cares collaboration brew hops list

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!