West Islip’s first brewery nears completion
Fermenters are ready for the brewery’s opening.

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West Islip’s first brewery nears completion

Story By: ANTHONY PERROTTA
11/1/2018


WEST ISLIP—The community’s first brewery is nearing completion. 

This publication first spoke to Ken Srubinski last year (“West Islip is getting its first brewery,” Dec. 12, 2017) about his upcoming Secatogue Brewing Company in the former Murtha Construction building on Union Boulevard. 

Srubinski, a 28-year-old West Islip native, said last year that his family would be heavily involved in the business. “My family is still very much involved,” he said. “At this point, it’s everyone doing a lot of everything, and I see that continuing until we open and get settled in.”

Srubinski says his major roles are brewing and marketing, while his father, Mike, takes care of the accounting. His wife, Katie, will be heading up event scheduling, while his brother, Tom, will be doing sales. His other brother, Zach, will be the brewery’s “resident scientist,” managing the yeast program. 

Srubinski was originally aiming for a summer opening, but after multiple delays, he is hoping to open the brewery by the end of November. 

“The last 10 months have been very busy to say the least,” he said. “We underestimated a bit how long some of these steps would take to get us up and running, especially the town permitting process. We were able to start construction at the end of May. So, since then, it’s been nonstop work. We’re finally at the point where everything is done, except for some small finishing touches.”

Srubinski says there are 10 taps in the tasting room and plans on having his own beers account for at least eight of them. “Our goal is to always offer something hoppy, something light, something dark and something different,” he said.

It’s hard for Srubinski to pick a favorite, but he generally gravitates to what he describes as the “super-dry-hopped” hazy IPAs. 

“As a brewer, the different aromas and flavors that come from different breeds of hops allow you to make really delicious and interesting beers,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun to play around with.”

The building is 4,200 square feet, with the tasting room accounting for about half the space. Occupancy will be around 80 to 100 people. “We will be doing private parties and that will primarily be rentals for the whole space,” Srubinski said, adding that he has partnered with some local caterers that his patrons can use for their parties. 

There will also be a private room. However, Srubinski says it is relatively small and will be used for smaller gatherings (10 to 15, max), meetings and private tastings. 

Last year, Srubinski said that he received his first beer-making kit when he was 21 years old. “I started with the prepackaged kits and moved on to creating my own recipes, which is what I’m doing now,” he said. 

The Secatogue name is Srubinski’s nod to being local. The brand name comes from the Secatogue tribe, the original inhabitants of West Islip. “The name is hard to miss around town,” Srubinski said. “One of the first names for the town was Secatogue for some time. There’s still streets in town that have the name on it.”