Long Island’s Craft Brewery Boom Takes Off

This boat rocks: Andrea, bartender at Port Jeff Brewing Co., keeps the brews flowing in the tasting room, where the bar is a boat. (Long Island Press)

Written by Timothy for longislandpress.com

A veritable local beer boom is flowing across Long Island, where the number of craft brewing companies building breweries nearly doubled in the past year, drawn from a burgeoning cottage industry of home brewers—despite negative economic news.

Long Ireland Beer Co. opened in Riverhead last summer, Port Jeff Brewing Co. set up shop in its namesake village downtown in the fall, and Great South Bay Brewery opened its Bay Shore headquarters this winter. They join Barrier Brewing Co.—poised to quintuple its bare-bones Oceanside operations this spring—by following in the footsteps of LI foamfathers Blue Point Brewing Co., Southampton Ales and Lagers along with fellow newcomers Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., founded just after the 2008 financial crisis hit.
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