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Hops & Props 16th Annual Craft Beer Festival

Every February, craft beer enthusiasts look forward to the Hops & Props Craft Beer Festival at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. This year the event changed hands and the Galaxy Events Company organized the event. Even though the homebrew clubs and some local breweries were absent from the event, the festival was more spread out and showcased a few new vendors. Here are highlights from this year’s event.

Cryo Cream

Looking to add a little sweetness to your day? Cryo cream uses liquid nitrogen to whip up ice cream, caffeine and other delicious confections. Watch your favorite frozen treats emerge from the cool smoke. Cryo Cream is truly revolutionizing ice cream making and is available for special events and parties.

Maple Craft Foods

Breakfast lovers were able to snag some sticky and sweet treats from the Maple Craft Foods booth. Some of items for sale included Blueberry, Salted Caramel, and Bourbon Barrel Maple syrups, maple candies, fresh waffles and pancake and waffle mixes.

Bra Pong

I’m sure you’ve heard of beer pong before or even played in college or at a house party, but have you heard of Bra Pong? Pure Romance was spicing up the game promoting their parties and line of lotions, candles and other products, perfect for bachelorette parties.

New Breweries

Some new breweries present at Hops & Props included Braven Brewing Company from Bushwick, Icon NYC from Astoria and Five Boroughs Brewing Company from Brooklyn. Mill House Brewing from Poughkeepsie and Rootstock Ciderworks represented upstate New York. Mill House Brewing Company poured Cucumber Blessing, this beer is trip to the spa in your mouth. If you are looking for something light and refreshing to drink when the weather gets warmer, definitely pick up a six pack of these. Six Harbors Brewing from Huntington poured their Bay Hill Blues, which was finished off with a few fresh blueberries; watch out Blue Point Brewing, a new blueberry beer making a splash on the local scene.


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Countdown to the Holidays with Christmas Craft Beers

Christmas Craft Beers

Mrs. Claus is always experimenting with new recipes in her kitchen at the North Pole. Long Island breweries are no different; they brew innovative beers using a variety of ingredients in their Christmas craft beers. This holiday season, breweries are showcasing seasonal ingredients including maple, cranberries, butternut squash, oranges and candy canes. They are also brewing up heavy, dark, complex, winter seasonals. If you’re counting down to Christmas with a craft beer advent calendar, be sure to stock up on these holiday favorites.

Lithology Brewing-Farmingdale, NY

Watermill Holiday Ale-8.25% abv

Looking for a seasonal beer that isn’t too heavy? Try the Watermill Holiday Ale made with butternut squash. The winter squash gives this beer a sweet yet nutty flavor. This ale is 8.25% abv, but the squash flavor keeps it light and smooth.

Maple Cinnamon Amber Ale- 5.1% abv

This ale has a beautiful amber hue and the aromas of maple and cinnamon smell like fresh baked cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. This ale isn’t over sweet or spiced, making it easy to drink. The Maple Cinnamon Amber Ale has all the flavors you would want in a fall cider, but inside a well-crafted beer.

Spiced Rock Hammer Vanilla Porter- 6% abv

This porter is vanilla, spice and everything nice. This beer contains real vanilla beans, chocolate, coffee and of course a little seasonal spice. The roasted malt flavor is sure to warm your soul on a cold winter day without the heaviness of a stout.


Spider Bite Beer Co. – Holbrook, NY

Cran It In Your Mouth-6% abv

Cranberries are holiday staple. Did you know that cranberries are considered a Native American superfood? This cranberry ale perfectly balances sweet and tart. You’ll be thankful for this beer this holiday season.

Boris Jr. – 11.5% abv

If you love Boris the Spider Russian Imperial Stout, you will love this specialty imperial stout, Boris Jr. Enjoy aromas of chocolate, coffee and a variety of malts as you sip this strong specialty stout.

Overbite- 11% abv

Overbite is a black double IPA. This beer was brewed to be strong and keep you warm on cold winter nights. Overbite has a toasty malt flavor that is slightly bitter but satisfying. Watch out Stone and Odell Brewing, Spider Bite’s black double IPA is top-notch.


1940s Brewing Company-Holbrook, NY

 Appley Ever After (Gluten-Reduced Seasonal) – 6% abv

1940s Brewing Company has a gluten reduced option on tap, made by a Celiac for Celiacs. Gluten-free brewer, Michelle Pagano, uses apple juice with a hint of honey. An enzyme called Clarity Ferm, reduces gluten down to a level acceptable for celiacs. Whether you are gluten-free or not, Appley Ever After is definitely worth trying.

Orange Whip (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)-8.5% abv

Oatmeal gives this beer a smooth and nutty flavor while the orange peels and vanilla beans give it a creamsicle like feel. This beer is dark and creamy with a full-bodied roasted flavor. This imperial stout is strong and sure to provide winter warmth.


Po’Boy Brewery– Port Jefferson Station, NY

Candy Cane Cider

You don’t have to travel all the way to North Pole for festive ciders from Po’ Boy Brewery. Candy Cane Cider has a sweet peppermint twist, reminiscent of the Christmas confectionery treat. This cider will leave a slight tingle on your lips and a minty fresh aftertaste.

Gingerbread Cookie Cider

Taste, taste fast as you can, this cider tastes just like a Gingerbread Man! The Gingerbread Cookie Cider has notes of ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Enjoy the seasonal spice of this Christmas cookie inspired favorite.

Spice Fig Beer

Forget the figgy pudding; this Spice Fig Beer embodies the flavors of the iconic English dessert. The Spice Fig Beer has notes of dried fruits, nutmeg, cinnamon and molasses. This beer will have you singing, we all want some figgy beer!

Po’ Boy Brewing is adding new ciders and beers to their lineup every two weeks, go and try them before they tap out.


Great South Bay Brewing– Bay Shore, NY

Sleigh Ryed-6.6% abv

Great South Bay’s red rye winter ale, is worth traveling over the hills of snow for. It has piney notes of juniper berries, sweet malts and a hint of spice from the rye. Be sure to have presents under the tree and Sleigh Ryed in the fridge this holiday season.


Brewers Collective-Bay Shore

Long May She Reign-10% abv

The Brewers Collective is known for brewing a variety of constantly changing beers. Their winter seasonal is named after the thrilling fantasy, Long May She Reign. This imperial stout has notes of chocolate and coffee and reigns strong at 10% abv.


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Best Fall Beer Festivals on Long Island

Best Fall Beer Festivals on Long Island

The anticipation of pumpkin beers makes the fall one of the most exciting seasons for craft beer enthusiasts. Pumpkin beers, amber harvest ales and Oktoberfest beers are flooding back onto shelves, defining the fall lineup of seasonal craft beers. There is an abundance of pumpkin ales, imperial stouts, sours, and barrel-aged brews, but which ones are the best? With so many fall beers available it’s hard to know which ones to choose. Nothing is worse than going to the store and spending hard-earned cash on a six-pack of beer, popping it open and hating it after the first sip. Here is a list of local fall beers festivals where you can sample a variety of seasonal beers and even discover some new favorites before you make your next purchase at your local beer distributor.

Punktober Fest
Date & Time: Saturday, October 21st (12:45pm-5:30pm)
Location: Great South Bay Brewery
25 Drexel Dr.
Bay Shore, NY 11706
Price: $20.00 – $70.00 Tickets can be purchased on

Punktöberfest at the Great South Bay Brewery has a great selection of fall beers, traditional Oktoberfest foods and of course punk rock music. If you’re a fan of craft beer you’ll be happy to know that the local and international brewing community will be present and pouring their best pumpkin and German Style beers to celebrate the fall season. If you love beers, brats and punk rock come spend a beautiful fall day at the Great South Bay Brewery enjoying great food, drinks, games and music by Send Flowers, Gutterlife, The Burbs and more.

Pumpkin Fest
Date & Time: October 14th (6pm)
Location: TJ Finley’s
42 E Main Street
Bay Shore, NY
Price: Pay as you go

TJ Finley’s offers over 20 different types pumpkin beers served in hollowed-out mini pumpkins rimmed with cinnamon sugar (for the first 200 attendees.) With so many seasonal beers to choose from, deciding which one to try first can be a sweet challenge. This festival is a great place to taste a large variety of pumpkin beers from different breweries.

Halloween Costume Party at L.I. Pour House
Date & Time: October 28th -October 29th (8pm-3am)
Location: L.I. Pour House Bar & Grill/ 650 NY-112, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
Cost: $15 adv/$20 at the door (part of proceeds benefit the Strong Island Animal Rescue League)

Enjoy craft beer, live music, BBQ, and vendors. Dress up in your spookiest Halloween costume and try to win the $500 prize! Get a zombie makeover at the Walking Dead booth or get a psychic reading.

8th Annual Bats & Brews Benefit
Date: Saturday, October 21st (7-11pm)
Location: Scully Mansion/Seatuck Environmental Association
550 S. Bay Avenue
Islip, NY
Price: $80 Purchase Tickets at

Bats & Brews is the annual fundraiser for the Seatuck Environmental Association. This event includes a presentation about bats, craft beer, live music and games. The historic Scully Mansion has the perfect ambience for a pre-Halloween party. Bats & Brews features breweries exclusively from Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens that use sustainable practices and locally-sourced ingredients.