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Editorial: A ‘Bully’ Welcome To OBBC And Sparkboom

As Jennifer Sappell says, Oyster Bay is a “cool” happening hamlet. She is hoping to partner with Gabe Haim and Ryan Schlotter in Sparkboom in their new Oyster Bay Brewing Company, opening by May 1, at 76 South Street.

Gabe Haim lives in Bayville and grew up in Sea Cliff (which amazingly is part of the Town of Oyster Bay.) He and Ryan Schlotter, of Centerport, are partners in the Oyster Bay Brewing Company. The two have founded a mini-brewery that will be located at 76 South Street and nestled in the former Mexican restaurant that faces the parking lot.

We chatted with Gabe, who is well spoken, a good communicator and enthusiastic about artisan beer. The brewing and retail operation will all fit into the space. “There are nine tanks that will be set up so that some are for brewing, ageing and fermenting. There is a small space for tasting and for OBCC merchandise.

“You can fill up a fresh “growler” of beer. It is also being sold in tanks to bars and restaurants. You can take a tour and learn how we brew beer. People can bring their own growlers, which we will clean out before filling, or they can buy ours. The beer will be fresh or made a week before,” he explained.

A growler is a small glass jug that holds 64 ounces of fresh beer. Artisianal beer fans often have their own growlers. The OBBC growler costs $10. The cost of the beer varies, depending on the beer, and are from $10 to $20.

Gabe explained, “The more fermenting, the more ingredients, the higher alcohol content and if there are fresh organic ingredients like fruit, which increases the complexity of the taste —  increases the cost. “The IPAs (India Pale Ales) use a lot of hops and the more hops the greater the cost, especially since the cost of hops is going up.”  

A Growler holds four or five beers so the cost is in line with the going rate of micro-brew beer. You can taste them after the New York State Liquor Authority grants them a license, hopefully by May 1.

Jennifer Sappell is excited by the possibility of it being the first Sparkboom site. Ms. Sappell, executive director of LINSHA (Long Island North Shore Heritage Area) got a grant from the New York State Council for the Arts. It too is a partnership, in this case a collaborative arts program with 12 partners and with the Huntington Arts Council as the lead agency.

Ms. Sappell said they are planning on introducing Sparkboom in Oyster Bay with an art event with special attention to young people, emerging artists.

“Gabe and Ryan are going to help us run the event. We are planning to start in Oyster Bay with art on the walls and live music in the tasting room area. Sparkboom is a program of art for arts sake. It is in its earliest stages. It is going to roll out in late spring. We are very much in the planning stages but are already planning.

“Having a brewery in Oyster Bay is a cool thing,” she added.

You will know Sappell from her work in bringing tall ships to the Oyster Festival. She and Jim Werner co-chair the committee. And that is another cool thing for Oyster Bay.

— DFK

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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