The pride of New York State.
Happy Tuesday! Noticed a LOT of craft beers popping up on the East End? You’re not imagining things. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week that the craft beer industry in New York State grew 59% from 2013 to 2014, with a total economic impact estimated at $3.5 billion.
“We have said time and time again that New York produces some of the best craft beverages anywhere,” the governor said. “When these craft beverage producers do well, it creates jobs, puts more money in local economies and sets the stage for future growth” — not to mention a relaxing evening at home (see above photo). The number of New York craft breweries has more than doubled the past three years, from 95 breweries in 2012 to 207 in January 2015.
Is it a good time to start a craft-beer brewery? Seems so. The governor takes credit for recent legislation (including the Craft New York Act) that aims to reduce red tape and create incentives. There are also the Craft Beverage Grant programs for the marketing and promotion of Empire State beers. And anecdotally, we’ve noticed that consumers have a more sophisticated palate these days. When was the last time you had, say, a Coors Light? A Bud? Keystone? (*Shudder.) We can’t remember either.
Locally on the East End, a number of craft brewers are fermenting as we speak: Montauk Brewing Co., Southampton Publick House, Twin Fork Beer Co., Long Ireland Beer Co., Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., not to mention Fire Island Beer Co. and old favorite Blue Point Brewing Co. On behalf of the state of New York, keep up the good work all. Excelsior!
Speaking of stumbling…
The Sloppy Tuna, everybody’s and nobody’s favorite oceanfront bar in Montauk, continues to interview for spots for bartenders, barbacks, servers, etc. (Are we the only ones who think this would make a good reality show?) Depending on whom you ask, the Sloppy Tuna is either the most fun place in Montauk to watch the surf while listening to EDM with other pleasantly hammered people, or it’s the beginning of the end for the End….”very Jersey shore,” according to one Yelp reviewer. (Another Yelp commenter: “It’s an ideal place to get ‘get ‘white girl wasted.'”) Either way, we have to admire a place that uses the hashtag #GetYourSloppyOn. Details for this Saturday’s round of interviews are posted on Facebook here.
Speaking of picking yourself up off the floor, our friends at Mon-Tiki, the sailing vessel that sets sail out of Montauk, tell us they have invested in a defibrillator. This should come in handy when a passenger has a heart attack and the catamaran is cruising the far reaches off Gardiner’s Island. Remember when sailboats only needed life jackets? We jest. Safety first, people. Captain David Ryan explains in this Facebook post that the Coast Guard doesn’t require this but “I promised myself that when the business got on its feet we’d put an AED on Mon Tiki.” Good stuff.
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