licbw-new_04St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo have passed, but the brews will still be flowing freely now that the third annual Long Island Craft Beer Week is just getting started.

The 10-day island-wide celebration of suds kicks off with a series of happy-hour events Friday at participating bars, restaurants and beer distributers across Nassau and Suffolk counties. It runs through Sunday, May 19.

“As Long Island’s first and largest craft brewery, we’re proud to celebrate the growth of the industry and the rise in craft beer aficionados,” said Curt Potter, spokesman for Patchogue-based Blue Point Brewing Co. “We enjoy Long Island Craft Beer Week as it’s a real celebration of community and the growing craft beer movement.”

The number of craft breweries has tripled from five in 2008 to 15 now with four more in the works to open by the end of this year, according to figures Newsday reported last week. Mustache Brewing Co. in Riverhead, Barrage Brewing Co. in Farmingdale and Oyster Bay Brewing Co. are among the latest local upstarts getting ready to open their doors.

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Among the events celebrating local microbreweries are as beer pong contests, “meet the brewer” nights, home brewing classes, a beer festival dubbed “Bay Fest” at Great South Bay Brewery in Bay Shore, craft beer trivia nights and the Golden Tap Awards Gala—the Oscars of local beer.

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Participating local bars include T.J. Finley’s, The Tap Room, The Lark Pub & Grub, Croxley’s and The Good Life. Many events include special beer pairing dinners that feature Q&A sessions with the brewers. Prizes and giveaways will also be offered for some of the events, which includes some tastings celebrating off-island brewers.

For more information on Long Island Craft Beer Week, a full list of events, visit


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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.