Long Ireland Brews Up Good ‘Craic’ in Riverhead’s Polish Town

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York West of downtown Riverhead is historic Polish Town, which pays tribute to the traditions of Poland’s welcoming spirit demonstrated at the Polish Town Fair that attracts thousands every August.Since 2011, another proud European heritage of fun entertainment, called ‘craic’— pronounced “crack,” it means fun in Gaelic — has been celebrated in Polish Town at the Long Ireland Beer Company brewery and tasting room. It was founded nearly a decade ago by longtime friends Dan Burke and Greg Martin, who, like many home brewers, dreamed of their own brewery. They apprenticed and contract brewed their favorite recipe at Connecticut’s New England Brewing Company. They set up shop after getting a positive response to this beer, which they named Celtic Ale.“We must have home brewed this beer 60 to 70 times in our garage,” says Martin, “until we got the recipe to where we wanted it.”They settled on a 9,000-square-foot Pulaski Street building that formerly housed an Agway store. Long Ireland became such an integral part of the neighborhood that in 2014 it brewed the special Polish Town Pilsner for the Polish Town Fair’s 40th anniversary. The Polish-style lager, made with pilsner malt and traditional Saaz, Czech and Tettnang hops, is so popular that it is now available all year.Year-round offerings are still led by the flagship Celtic Ale, a malty red ale similar to Irish Reds like Smithwick’s but with richer malt flavor and lower carbonation. The recipe uses four malts: two-row pale malt, caramel, Vienna and chocolate. Flaked oats and honey give it a sweet flavor with hints of toffee, one hop, Willamette, provides just mild bitterness for a smooth finish.Other popular beers include a refreshing Raspberry Wheat and seasonal brews such as Summer Ale, Pumpkin Ale, Winter Ale, NoFo Farmhouse Saison Ale, Chocolate Porter, and the delicious Black Friday Imperial Stout, released on the day after Thanksgiving. One of Long Ireland’s original offerings, Breakfast Stout, was retired but replaced by a dry Irish-style stout, Hooligan Irish Stout, which may soon join the year-round offerings.Long Ireland also recognized growing demand for hoppy pale ales and IPAs by brewing special beers including single hopped beers like Mos Def Mosaic IPA and Balor IPA, made with Citra hops and named after a one-eyed giant from Irish mythology. The brewery also uses hops from local farms, such as the Fresh Hop Co-Op Session IPA brewed last fall with a blend of Centennial and Chinook hops picked from L.I. Hops in Jamesport and Wesnofske Farms and North Fork Hops in Southold.The brewery kept up with the canned-beer trend and last year shifted production from bottles to cans. A recently installed canning line will produce 50 cases per hour of both 12-ounce and 16-ounce cans.“The new line will give us more flexibility to do short runs of innovative beers that we can put out to local beer stores that have really supported us,” says Martin.Long Ireland has been distributed across LI and New York City by Clare Rose since 2012 and hopes to expand distribution later this year.“We’re currently producing around 4,000 barrels a year,” adds Martin. “But we’ve got plenty of room to expand at this location.”Long Ireland is also well known for the popular events it hosts at the brewery. The Long Ireland Pintwood Derby is a take-off on the old Boy Scout car races, and draws sellout crowds to the brewery. Its Halfway to St. Patrick’s Party in mid-September and 5K running races are held in summer and fall.Long Ireland also hosts fun events during the week in its tasting room, including Retro Video Game Night in collaboration with East End Gaming and Vinyl Night with Riverhead’s Sunday Records. Local business Brew Crew Cycles, just relocated next door and the brewery will continue to be a popular stop on the group bike tours offered  beginning in April.“We love to do cross-promotions with other local businesses and help our community grow and thrive,” says Martin.Long Ireland Beer Company is located at 817 Pulaski St. in Riverhead. They can be reached at 631-403-4303 or longirelandbeer.com.last_img read more

Rain hurts Windies bid for World Cup qualification

first_imgTHE series between West Indies and Afghanistan ended in a 1-1 tie as the deciding match was washed out by rain, which had been heavy overnight and persistent through the day.There was just enough time with clear skies for the two captains to come out for the toss – two hours after schedule – but as soon as Asghar Stanikzai found the favour of the coin, he lost those of the elements.A drizzle prompted the groundstaff to cover the square again and pushed the match into an interminable delay. For your information, Afghanistan opted to bat.In other news, West Indies coach Stuart Law, during a pre-match interview with the host broadcaster, was very frank in his assessment of the team. He said his players were actually less experienced than the opposition’s – an Associate Member – in ODI cricket and also admitted that West Indies were in a great struggle to climb up the rankings and gain automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup.The top eight sides on September 30 will be locked in to play the showpiece event in England – and with Bangladesh making the semi-final of the Champions Trophy and Pakistan going one better to secure a spot in the final, they will likely widen the gap between themselves and the No. 9 ranked West Indies. The international teams that don’t make the cut must then participate in a gruelling qualifying tournament in April 2018, when 10 contenders, including the best of the Associate nations, fight for two spots.“But we can’t be focussed on that,” Law said. “We have to be up for this contest, and then the next series against India. If we can win a couple of games, and then a couple against England, I’m sure we can climb the ladder. Whether or not we get direct entry into the World Cup, I’m not sure.”West Indies had begun the series on 79 points. Even if they had won it today, they still would have lost a point.(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

Davante Adams shows in Packers’ win over Seahawks that he has evolved into Green Bay’s latest superstar receiver

first_imgDavante Adams, like most great Packers receivers before him, did not arrive in Green Bay a ready-made superstar. Instead, he learned from the veterans in front of him while preparing for his time in the spotlight.Adams came up at a time when Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb were each 1,000-yard threats. Nelson came up when Greg Jennings was in his prime. Greg Jennings came up when Donald Driver was at his peak. Driver came up when Antonio Freeman was a star. VIDEO: Every Adams catch from Packers’ victory over SeahawksSan Francisco boasts one of the toughest pass defenses in the NFL. The 49ers completely shut down the Vikings on Saturday. But the Packers are confident in their receiving corps anchored by Adams, their latest superstar wideout, particularly with Rodgers slinging the ball his direction.”Davante is as good a route-runner as I’ve ever seen,” LaFleur said. “(With Adams and Rodgers) it’s just two great football players making great plays.” The Packers’ lineage of quarterbacks is talked about all the time. Their run of talent out wide has been pretty phenomenal, too.On Sunday against the Seahawks, Adams did what each of his predecessors managed at the heights of their careers: deliver a signature postseason performance as the clear No. 1 receiving option. He finished with eight catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns, taking over the game at pivotal moments to help coach Matt LaFleur’s squad to a 28-23 divisional round victory.”He had an unbelievable night,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said in his postgame television interview. “He carried us on offense, and his route-running ability was incredible.”IYER: What Packers need to do to beat 49ersWith the Packers needing to convert a third-and-8 to avoid giving Russell Wilson the opportunity to lead a game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter, Adams beat his coverage and hauled in a perfectly placed touch pass from an on-the-run Rodgers. One first down later, Green Bay was able to take a knee and run out the rest of the clock.Aaron Rodgers. Bad man. #GoPackGo #NFLPlayoffs📺: #SEAvsGB on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/8lgzlFahDc pic.twitter.com/IRGGyOJ3v7— NFL (@NFL) January 13, 2020Earlier in his career, Adams might not have been able to secure a pass in such an important moment. He struggled at times with drops his first couple of years in the league and posted sub-60 percent catch rates in 2014 and 2015. He’s now about as trustworthy a receiver as Rodgers has ever had.Adams has also overcome injuries that threatened his career. He was knocked out twice by brutal hits to the head, with one of them sending him directly to the hospital. He also dealt with a debilitating toe problem.Now, he’s getting to prove to a national postseason audience how good he has become, and he will continue to have that chance when Green Bay faces the 49ers next weekend in the NFC championship game.last_img read more