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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

The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.

Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.


Sports

On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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