The annual Long Island Craft Beer Week returns Friday with more than a dozen scheduled events celebrating the ever-increasing number of local microbrewers at locations across Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The festivities start at 8 p.m. May 12 with a simulcask—the simultaneous tapping of kegs at locations to be announced. Events include food pairings, homebrew meet-ups and a 15K fun run, among other events. The festivities run through May 21.

Sponsors include Blue Point Brewing Co., Spider Bite Beer Co., Brickhouse Brewery, 1940’s Brewing Co., Twin Fork Beer, Barrage Brewing Co., Sand City Brewing Co., Great South Bay Brewing and Port Jeff Brewing Co. Participants include Lithology Brewing Co., Montauk Brewing Co., The Brewers Collective, Destination Unknown Beer Co. and Saint James Brewery. Local restaurants and beer stores are also hosting related events.

LICBW coincides with American Craft Beer Week, which runs May 15-21 and similarly highlights the work of smaller upstart breweries nationwide.

The local beer scene has grown to more than three dozen microbreweries from about a dozen when LI craft beer week launched in 2011. The event has been held annually since, except for 2014, when it took a year off.

The event also has a benevolent side. Local brewers collaborated on a beer they dubbed Craft Cares, which they described as a malty red ale. To get a can of this special beer, donate two cans of food at participating LICBW locations. The donations benefit Long Island Cares.

For more information about LICBW, visit

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