In some households and bars across Long Island, every day feels like Long Island Craft Beer Week. But the official nine-day celebration of one of the Island’s most appreciated industries is quickly approaching, and, as is the case in previous years, there’s likely going to be new favorites greasing the ever-evolving taste buds of local beer enthusiasts.

The much-anticipated Long Island Craft Beer Week 2017 edition kicks off May 12 and runs through May 21—just in time to solidify your summer beer list.

LICBW comes as LI’s craft beer scene continues to grow. While new microbreweries seek to get in on the action, others like famed Blue Point Brewing. Co. is expanding operations at the shuttered Briarcliffe College campus in Patchogue. Long Island now boasts more than 30 craft breweries.

LICBW is unique in that it’s a collaborative movement created and promoted by local breweries that prefer to showcase their collective talents to raise awareness about drinking local. Basically the thinking goes like this: Why go at it alone when you have the support of your friends and competitors? We can drink to that.

This year’s Long Island Craft Beer Week will feature about 50 events across Nassau and Suffolk counties. In the coming days, organizers will release the list of LICBW events and location of where fans can pick up a free Long Island Craft Beer Week 2017 pint glass. (Don’t worry, we’ll update as news comes our way.)

Historically, LICBW brings craft beer bars, breweries, and restaurants together to celebrate handcrafted brews. The good news is that no matter your beer preference, or whether you unabashedly embrace the moniker of “beer snob,” there’s an expertly created beer for everyone.


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