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Unique Taste Of Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay is becoming a known name on the Long Island bar scene thanks to the recent success of its very own craft beer created by The Oyster Bay Brewing Company. Established in 2012 by Gabe Haim and Ryan Schlotter, two friends who quickly jumped at the opportunity to home brew and create their own beer, these Long Islanders are excited to be doing what they love while representing Oyster Bay.

“There is a lot of opportunity in Oyster Bay, being a hamlet on the water and on the North Shore, we thought it would be a perfect fit,” said Haim. “Oyster Bay is going through a resurgence and we wanted to be a draw in the town. “

They create a variety of brews such as IPA, Double IPA, Amber Ale, Stout, Hefeweizen, and Wheat Beer. Their Raspberry Wheat and Pumpkin brews allow them to experiment with different tastes and recipes.

“We take pride in creating beers that are very drinkable and not too bold in their flavor profile,” Haim says. “Craft beer is very popular right now, but a lot of non-craft beer drinkers find it hard to drink craft beer because of the strong or bold. We try and create craft beers that everyone can drink.”

Oyster Bay Brewing Company has a growing reputation, with overall positive reviews on the acclaimed business review website Yelp, and was nominated by the Best of Long Island for Best Craft Beer of 2014. They recently celebrated their one-year anniversary at their store front on South Street right next to Jack Halyard’s American Bar and Grill, which sells their beer on tap. Haim and Schlotter hope to continue doing what they love and help their business continue its growth.

“We would love to expand, but slow and steady wins the race,” commented Haim. “We have been approved by the NY State Liquor Authority to serve our beer by the pint at our tasting room, so now, customers can enjoy a pint of our brews while hanging out in the brewery. “

Oyster Bay’s specialty beer is now on tap at more than 70 Long Island bars and restaurants such as Hurricane Bar and Grill in Syosset, The Breakers in Bayville, Black Sheep Ale House in Mineola and Oyster Bay’s own Jack Halyard’s American Bar and Grill and Canterbury Ales. For more information on the company and product details, visit the Oyster Bay Brewing Company at oysterbaybrewing.com.

News

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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