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!
Some of the coolest things happen during Long Island Craft Beer Week. Last year, I had the pleasure of talking to Rob, during the Simulcask at Blue Point Brewery, a fan of Craft Cares. He had been looking forward to trying last years juicy IPA. We both ended up at Blue Point again, this year, for the Simulcask. I couldn’t resist getting to chat with Rob again, and, of course, get it on video.
Thanks Rob! Hope to see you again next year!
Enjoy a Long Island craft beer during Long Island Craft Beer Week and check in to Untappd to earn an exclusive #LICBW17 Untappd badge!
The badge will only be available during Long Island Craft Beer Week, from May 12–21, so don’t forget to check in!
Now this is a cool event during Long Island Craft Beer Week. On Thursday, May 16, Long Island Beer Bus is picking up people from Port Jeff Brewing, Spider Bite Beer, or Barrage Brewing, all going to Simplay where you can compete in sport simulators, like the home run derby or the longest golf drive.
For tickets, visit LIBeerBus.com
The $65 ticket included 4 drinks from the breweries, roundtrip bus ride, and 2 hours admission to Simplay. For tickets, head over to LIBeerBus.
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!
…and Paul carefully adds the hop pellets to the weighing bucket
Long Island brewers come together to brew Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
Dave from Bellport Cold Beer and Soda helps remove the spent mash
Dave from Bellport Cold Beer and Soda tries some of the fresh wort. Malty!
Paul from BrickHouse Brewery gets ready to weigh some hops…
The mash removed from the wort while brewing Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
LICBW maven and owner of Bellport Cold Beer and Soda, Dave, enjoys a breakfast pint
LICBW’s collaboration beer, Craft Cares Red Ale, now sits to let the yeast do its magic
Steve from Barrage Brewing adds some oats to the mash
Dave from Bellport Cold Beer and Soda pours some grain into the tun for mashing
A classic selfie from Steve of Barrage Brewing.
Steve from Barrage Brewing takes a long snoot of a Blue Point Brewing beer
Brewers and the LICBW crew get ready to mash some wort.
Larry from Spider Bite Beer and Steve from Barrage Brewery check the temperature while cooking the mash
A group selfie over some beers during the brewing of Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
Jim from Blue Point Brewery does some calculations while brewing Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
Cooking up some malty red ale.
Dave from Bellport Cold Beer and Soda teases the crew during brew day
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.
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?
Collaborators on this year’s Craft Cares brew. Yes, sometimes brewing beer can be fun.
Ingredient list for Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
Jim from Blue Point Brewery checks the wort’s specific gravity with a hydrometer
9 AM beer doesn’t sound like a bad way to start Craft Cares brew day
Jacki from Long Island Craft Beer Week gets interviewed
Brian from BrickHouse Brewery pours hops into the wort, brewing Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
Jim from Blue Point and Paul from BrickHouse Brewery chat over a morning beer
While we’re waiting for the mash to turn into a wort, let’s have another round!
Larry from Spider Bite Beer enjoys a laugh at Craft Cares 2017 brew day.
Steve from Barrage Brewing and Larry from Spider Bite Beer check the ingredient list for Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
In walks Bad Bad Leroy Br… oh wait, that’s Charlie from 1940’s Brewing!
Jacki from Long Island Craft Beer Week uses all senses when trying her beer