Northport-based Sand City Brewing Co. opened its second location on March 5 in Lindenhurst, making it one of the few local breweries to expand to more than one site.
The 10,000-square-foot new taproom and brewery on South Wellwood Avenue, known as Sand City South, became the third brewery to open in Lindenhurst after W.A. Meadwerks and 27A Brewing.
“The larger brewery will help us triple the amount of beer that Sand City is able to brew,” says Bill Kiernan, who cofounded Sand City with Kevin Sihler, who adds: “We have the room now to set aside some of our beers to age and develop even more complex flavors.”
The brewhouse has a 20-barrel brewing system, double the size of Sand City’s Northport location. Sihler, who is Sand City’s head brewer, said the new capacity will enable the brewery to increase canning and distribution of their current beers and to experiment with new styles.
Since its opening in fall 2015, Sand City has built a reputation for brewing some of Long Island’s best IPAs, or India Pale Ale, a heavily hopped beer style. Among these IPAs are single-hop beers like Mofosaic, brewed with Mosaic hops and IPAs brewed with a combination of hops, such as Classic Girl IPA dry hopped with Galaxy, Mosaic and Citra hops.
Recent collaborations include Double IPAs brewed with upstate New York breweries such as Tin Barn Brewing from Chester and Equilibrium Brewery from Middletown. Finback Brewery from Brooklyn also collaborated recently on Double Something Infinity, brewed with 11 different varieties of hops.
While the IPAs have received the most attention, Sand City also brews a variety of other styles, with recent beers such as A Fairly Simple Operation, a Blueberry Golden Ale, Roaring Noon Belgian-style Witbier with orange and coriander, Red Sand American Amber Ale and Guava Freak, a Belgian-style Tripel.
It took Sand City a couple of years to become a fixture in Northport’s lively downtown, but after a few months it looks like Sand City South is already on its way to becoming a standout destination for Long Island’s South Shore.
Sand City South is located at 150 S. Wellwood Ave. in Lindenhurst. For more info visit sandcitybeer.com.
Bernie Kilkelly is the editor and publisher of LIBeerGuide.com.
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