Craft brewers 'Care'
Brewers from Long Island cheer in anticipation of a new product.

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Craft brewers 'Care'

Story By: ZACHARY TOWLEN
4/5/2018


SUFFOLK COUNTY—Last week, local breweries began brewing a new Long Island beer for local consumers in preparation for Long Island Craft Beer Week, May 11-20. This event celebrates the local breweries from Nassau and Suffolk counties, building both brand awareness and strengthening the partnerships between local brewers and the establishments that sell their product.

LICBW is partnering with local brewers to produce Craft Cares, a collaborative beer brewed especially for its “Can for a Can” food drive that benefits Long Island Cares, which benefits food pantries on Long Island. In 2017, LICBW raised over 3,400 pounds of food with a goal to reach over 5,000 pounds in 2018. “This is a community of brewers collaborating on this brew for Long Islanders on Long Island with the goal of feeding Long Islanders,” said Dave Schultzer, owner of Bellport Cold Beer & Soda and this year’s president of LICBW. Over 20 people from various breweries and organizations were present for the start of the brew. “It just keeps getting bigger and bigger on Long Island,” said Bernie Kilkelly, editor of LI Beer Guide. “People, especially Long Islanders, want quality beer. They just don’t realize it’s already here.”

This year’s style is a bicoastal IPA, a mix of a West Coast and East Coast IPA. The 15-barrel batch will generate about 3,200 cans for the upcoming brew week in May. Hops for the beer came from Long Island hop farms with the malts donated from County Malt Group. “It’s a picture-perfect brew day, for sure,” said Paul Komsic, brewmaster at BrickHouse Brewery. “We are creating a completely proper intercoastal IPA.”

This year’s participating brewers include 1940’s Brewing Co., Barnshed Brewing, Barrage Brewing, BrickHouse Brewery, Destination Unknown Brewing Co., Fire Island Beer Co., Great South Bay Brewery, Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., Lithology Brewing, Long Ireland Beer Co., Port Jeff Brewing Co., Montauk Brewing Co., Moustache Brewing Co., Sand City Brewing Co., Spider Bite Brewing Co., St. James Brewing and The Brewers Collective. The beer is being brewed at Fire Island Beer Co. in Bay Shore, canned by The Malt Man and packaged with a label by DWS printing in Deer Park.