Hundreds of craft beer lovers turned out to help South Shore Craft Brewery celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and party Saturday at its new tap room in Oceanside.
Located on Hampton Road in an industrial section of Oceanside, South Shore Craft Brewery was founded in 2017 by Nick Cimorelli and Hugh Howard, who are both longtime teachers at East Rockaway High School. The friends were avid homebrewers and active members of the Handgrenades Homebrew Club, and together shared a dream of starting their own brewery. After finding a location, they spent more than 18 months building out a brewhouse with a seven-barrel brewing system as well as a spacious rustic-style tap room with ample seating at the long wooden bar, along with plenty of room for additional tables.
The opening of South Shore’s tap room made it the eighth new brewery tap room to open on Long Island this year. The total number of brewery tap rooms and brewpubs across the Island is now 45, with several more expected to open over the next six months as breweries finish the construction and permitting process.
The brewery is licensed as a New York State farm brewery and sources the majority of its ingredients from suppliers and growers in the Empire State. At the grand opening party, South Shore had 12 beers on tap ranging from hoppy Pale Ales and New England IPAs to robust amber ales, brown ales and stouts. South Shore also serves other New York State-produced beverages including meads from W.A. Meadwerks in Lindenhurst as well as local ciders and wines.
South Shore Craft Brewery’s tap room is currently open Thursdays to Sundays and will host live music and other events over the winter. The tap room is also available to rent for private events.
For more information on South Shore Craft Brewery visit southshorecraftbrewery.com.
Bernie Kilkelly is the editor and publisher of LIBeerGuide.com.