Meet The Brewers
These brewers will be pouring their suds at the Long Island Craft Classic. Make sure you stop by and say Hi!
Bryan Murphy, Owner/Head Brewer: Barnshed Brewing
Bryan Murphy, Head Brewer at Barnshed Brewing, officially opened his doors in May of 2017. Initially, Bryan began to brew beer for his family and friends in order to expand their beer options. His backyard barnshed quickly became a great place to gather for both great beer and great company. Now located at 100 Lauman Lane in Hicksville, NY, Barnshed Brewing is a New York State farm brewery, which supports both state agriculture and the local economy.
Steve Pominski, Head Brewer: Barrage Brewing Company
Barrage Brewing Co. was formed in 2011 with Steve Pominski as its founder and head brewer, and the Farmingdale, N.Y. microbrewery opened to the public in January 2014. As a home brewer, Pominski honed his craft for more than 20 years, sharing his creations with family and friends. Then, in 2009, he and his wife decided to convert their garage into a larger family room, equipped with an 18-foot bar and a double-tap system for his homebrews. Over time, Pominski’s place became a regular hangout for friends, and the bar in the garage became known as “The Barrage” (a combination of the words “bar” and “garage”). Friends raved about his beer and encouraged him to sell it.
Tom Muratore, Owner/Brewer: Bellmore Brewing Co
Tom Muratore owner/Brewer of Bellmore Brewing Company started brewing beer about 6 years ago after leaving his job as a auto mechanic. Bellmore Brewing Company will brew American beers both hoppy and malty. Bellmore Brewing Company should be open for business next year in Nassau County.
Brian Baker, Head Brewer/Owner: Bellport Brewery
Brian Baker, a brewer and the founder/owner of Bellport Brewing Company, recently signed a lease to build a brewery and tasting room on the very same farm from which Bellport Brewing’s hops will be harvested. The Brewing Company founded in 2013, received its farm brewery license from New York State in 2016 and will open its new facility sometime in late 2017.
Brad Finn/Chris Candiano, Co-Owners: Destination Unknown Beer Company (DUBCO).
High School friends that started brewing together in 2009. After deciding to open a brewery a two year search led to a spot in Bay Shore on Saxon Ave which opened in the spring of 2015.
Ben Kossoff and Mark Scoroposki, Co-Owners: Garvies Point Brewery
Garvies Point Brewery is a small batch, hand crafted Micro Brewery specializing in brewing contemporary American Craft Beer. Co-owners Ben Kossoff and Mark Scoroposki first buddied up in fifth grade, and remained close through college. The duo officially incorporated Garvies Point Craft Brewery in March 2015 and found the right space in Glen Cove -housing both the brewing operation and a tasting room, which finally opened to the public in September 2016.
Kevin Cain, Lithology Brewing Co.
Like many of the other local brewers, Kevin started as a home brew. With an educational background in the sciences, he took the scientific approach to brewing; running and documenting experiments as he played with techniques and flavors. Over time this helped to develop the beers being produced by Lithology today.
Larry Goldstein, Brewmaster and Co-founder: Spider Bite Brewery
Spider Bite Brewery Brewmaster and Co-founder Larry Goldstein was born and raised on Long Island, but after getting his biology degree at SUNY Stony Brook he headed to Atlanta, Georgia to study Chiropractic. It was during this time that he discovered his love and passion for craft beer. The idea and name, Spider Bite Beer Company, was conceived back in 2008, along with co-founder and friend Anthony LiCausi, after a summer of too many bug bites. In their first year of business, Robert’s Spider Wee Heavy, coupled with their Eight Legged RyePA and Boris the Spider Russian Imperial Stout, earned them the 2012 FX Matt Memorial Cup for “Best Craft Brewery” in NY State. Their new tasting room is now open in Holbrook, NY.
Charles Becker, Owner/Brewer: 1940's Brewing Company
1940's got it's name from the year Charles Becker's dad graduated from the U.S. Brewers Academy. He worked for Rheingold for 41 years. Brewing is part of the family legacy, as his great-grandfather was also worked in the industry. Becker started homebrewing in 2008, in his fifties and nearing the end of a 40-year accounting career. He joined the Long Island Beer & Malt Enthusiasts (LIBME) and made beers with the island’s largest homebrewing club.
More To Come!