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LI Brewers Shine at TAP New York

TAP New York

Tap New York Craft Beer and Food Festival is New York’s largest craft beer festival and the largest single craft beer festival in the nation. Besides being a festival, TAP is also a beer tasting competition. Three cups were presented (The Matthew Vassar Brewers’ Cup, F.X. Matt Memorial Cup and Governors’ Cup) and medals for gold, silver and bronze were awarded for each style of beer.

Several Long Island craft beer enthusiasts took the Tapped bus from Long Island up to Hunter Mountain. Tapped Enterprises is a fun, safe and easy way to travel to beer festivals and breweries. Bus goers were greeted with a bagel breakfast when they walked onto the bus and were offered a smorgasbord of cheese, nuts and crackers to snack on, on the ride home. Everyone on the bus was lively and friendly and pre-gamed with local beers back and forth to the festival. On the way home, prizes were raffled off including pint glasses from Po’Boy Brewery, gift certificates to beer distributors, and more.

Just like last year, Spider Bite Beer Co. did not come home empty-handed. They won a silver medal in the Old/Strong Ale category for their collaboration with Destination Unknown, for their Ryeno Aged Barleywine. This barley wine packs a punch at 12% abv and is aged in Long Island rye whiskey barrels.

Great South Bay brought home two medals from Tap. They won a bronze in the Light Lager category for their GSB Pilsner and a gold medal in the New England IPA category for their Nauti Girl IPA, bursting with juicy hopped flavor.

Port Jeff Brewing won a silver medal in the Belgian Ales category for their Triple H Strong Ale. Even their men’s league hockey team came down to show their support.

Oyster Bay Brewing poured Thar She Gose, a pineapple gose brewed with salt and coriander. This beer is light, fresh and fruity and only has a 5% abv.

1940’s Brewing Company from Holbrook, NY was named one the fastest growing breweries in the US. Try the Bohemia Blonde with apricot, it’s easy to drink with a 5.8% abv, making it the perfect summer beer.

The Brewers Collective made their 2018 Tap debut pouring Loot, The Duke, Scull it and Kriegerweisse.

Northport granted Sand City Brewing Co. the ability to reopen their tap room. They poured two of their newest IPA’s at Tap: Washed Up IPA and Diamond in the Rough.

Montauk is not just popular destination during the summer on Long Island, it’s also an incredible brewery. Montauk Brewing Company’s Watermelon IPA, is a light and refreshing summer staple you’ll want to stock up on.

Did you know that Blue Point Brewery’s first keg was tapped in a parking lot? It’s hard to believe that Blue Point in now the 34th largest craft brewery in the US.  The new Blue Point Brewery facility is even being quoted as “Disneyland for adults.”

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Unique Valentine’s Day Date Ideas on Long Island

Valentine’s Day is a romantic day to spend with your significant other. Many people go to an overpriced dinner, crowded movie and buy red roses and a heart shaped box of candy, so cliché. This year surprise your Valentine with one of the unique date ideas below.

Be Mine Valentine’s Day Beer and Wine Couples Tour

Date: February 18-11am
Cost: $160 per couple
Phone: (631) 913-3817

If you’re a craft beer-loving couple, join Tapped Enterprises for a Valentine’s Day Beer and Wine tour. This five hour tour includes round trip transportation, a wine tasting at Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard, a beer tasting at Jamesport Farm Brewery, gourmet fromage from American Cheese Shop, decadent chocolates, a couple photo and Valentine’s Day candy.

The Cast of Beatlemania – Beatles Love Songs

Date: February 14-8:00pm
Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
2 East Main Street
Smithtown, NY 11787
Phone: 631-724-3700
Cost: $50
Sing along to the most famous love songs written by The Beatles performed by the cast of Beatlemania. Hold your Valentine’s hand and let these Brit Rockers serenade you with their most iconic hits.

Shakespeare In Love

Date(s): February 3 – March 4
Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
2 East Main Street
Smithtown, NY 11787
Phone: 631-724-3700
Cost: $20 – $35
The highly acclaimed movie Shakespeare In Love (a film that won seven Academy Awards) has been adapted from screen to stage. Sweep your date off her feet with a Shakespeare’s sonnet and take her to see this timeless romantic tale.

View the Planets & Moon through a Telescope

Date(s): December 18, 2017 through May 3, 2018 7pm – 8:30pm
Northport Harbor Park
Bottom End of Main St. at Woodbine Ave.
Northport, NY 11731
Phone: 631-486-4818
Cost: Free Event Website: Visit for any last-minute cancellations
There’s nothing more romantic that gazing up at the stars. Northport Harbor Park offers free telescope gazing and lessons on how to navigate the night sky. Go to and you can even name a star after your date for free.

Cross-Country Skiing in the Parks

Date(s): December 15, 2017 – April 30, 2018 1pm – 5pm
Heckscher Park
Prime Ave
Huntington, NY 11746 (Map)
Phone: 631-486-4818 (Call first, they only do this is there is sufficient snow.)
Cost: Free event
Spend Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart on the slopes. Learn how to cross-country ski on Long Island from an experienced ski instructor. Avoid lift lines, long road trips and expensive tickets. Master the ski basics including walking and turning. Equipment will be provided.

Long Island 2018 Valentine’s ChocoVino Chocolate Wine Sensational Tasting Experience

Date: February 14-8pm
Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead
431 E Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901
Phone: 631-208-9200 x 426
Cost: $195.00 plus tax per couple ages  21+ (reservations required)

Spend your Valentine’s Day enjoying a five-course dinner, sipping on wine and indulging in sweets at the Valentine’s ChocoVino Chocolate Wine Sensational Tasting Experience at the Long Island Aquarium. Satisfy your sweet tooth with decadent desserts while viewing soothing sea exhibits.