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!
Steve from Barrage Brewing adds some oats to the mash
Steve from Barrage Brewing and Larry from Spider Bite Beer check the ingredient list for Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
Jim from Blue Point Brewery checks the wort’s specific gravity with a hydrometer
LICBW’s collaboration beer, Craft Cares Red Ale, now sits to let the yeast do its magic
Jacki from Long Island Craft Beer Week gets interviewed
A group selfie over some beers during the brewing of Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
Brewers and the LICBW crew get ready to mash some wort.
A classic selfie from Steve of Barrage Brewing.
Long Island brewers come together to brew Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
Dave from Bellport Cold Beer and Soda pours some grain into the tun for mashing
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?
…and Paul carefully adds the hop pellets to the weighing bucket
Larry from Spider Bite Beer and Steve from Barrage Brewery check the temperature while cooking the mash
In walks Bad Bad Leroy Br… oh wait, that’s Charlie from 1940’s Brewing!
Jim from Blue Point and Paul from BrickHouse Brewery chat over a morning beer
Brian from BrickHouse Brewery pours hops into the wort, brewing Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
Collaborators on this year’s Craft Cares brew. Yes, sometimes brewing beer can be fun.
Jacki from Long Island Craft Beer Week uses all senses when trying her beer
LICBW maven and owner of Bellport Cold Beer and Soda, Dave, enjoys a breakfast pint
Steve from Barrage Brewing takes a long snoot of a Blue Point Brewing beer
Jim from Blue Point Brewery does some calculations while brewing Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
Dave from Bellport Cold Beer and Soda helps remove the spent mash
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.
Dave from Bellport Cold Beer and Soda teases the crew during brew day
Dave from Bellport Cold Beer and Soda tries some of the fresh wort. Malty!
The mash removed from the wort while brewing Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
While we’re waiting for the mash to turn into a wort, let’s have another round!
Ingredient list for Craft Cares 2017 Red Ale
Larry from Spider Bite Beer enjoys a laugh at Craft Cares 2017 brew day.
9 AM beer doesn’t sound like a bad way to start Craft Cares brew day
Cooking up some malty red ale.
Paul from BrickHouse Brewery gets ready to weigh some hops…
If you’re into Long Island craft beers, you know about one of the greatest events on Long Island, Blue Point Brewing Co.’s Cask Fest, this Saturday in Patchogue. It’s an amazing selection of one-off and maybe-brew-more casks from local and beyond breweries, and even some home brew clubs. It’s not a LICBW event, but we’re gonna be there anyway, since it’s the can’t miss event that begins the festival season. If you’re going, stop by our table to get more information about #LICBW17 and get a sticker! Everyone like stickers. And beer. Stickers and beer.
In a few days, we’ll be announcing where you can pick up your FREE pint glass celebrating Long Island Craft Beer Week 2017. That’s right, it’s free! We want to thank you, the Long Island craft beer drinker, for all your support for the Long Island craft brewers. They make their beers for you to enjoy.