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Long Islanders Voted for Favorite Beer, Brewery & Bar
Golden Tap Nominees Announced

BAY SHORE, NY. (May 10, 2013) – Starfish Junction, organizers of the Golden Tap Awards Gala, one of the premiere events of Long Island Craft Beer Week, yesterday released the names of this year’s award nominees. The winners will be announced at the Golden Tap Awards Gala being held at 6:00 pm at 89 North in Patchogue, NY on May 14th, 2013. A limited number of tickets are available to the general public. Tickets and information available at www.GoldenTaps.com. Golden Taps will be presented to winners in all aspects of the craft beer industry.

The 2013 nominees are:

BEST LONG ISLAND BEER BAR--NASSAU: Black Sheep Ale House (Mineola), Croxley's Ale House (Farmingdale), Effin Gruven (Bellmore), The Good Life (Massapequa Park), Mr. Beery's (Bethpage)

BEST LONG ISLAND BEER BAR--SUFFOLK: Bobbique (Patchogue), Hoptron Brewtique (Patchogue), T.J. Finley's (Bay Shore), Tap & Barrel (Smithtown), The Tap Room (Patchogue)

BEST LONG ISLAND HOME BREW SHOP: Arbor Wine & Beer Making Supplies (Islip), Brews Brothers at Kedco (Farmingdale), Brewtopia (Port Jefferson), Hoptron Brewtique (Patchogue), Karp's Homebrew Shop (East Northport).

BEST LONG ISLAND BREWERY TAP HANDLE: Blood Orange Pale Ale (Great South Bay Brewery), Driftwood Ale (Montauk Brewing Co.), Hoptical Illusion (Blue Point Brewing Co.), Lighthouse Ale (Fire Island Beer Co.), Pale Ale (Spider Bite Beer Co.)

BEST LONG ISLAND BREWERY SALES REP (Industry Vote Only): Joe Mollura (Brooklyn Brewery), Justin Wesnofske (Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.), Larry Goldstein/Anthony LiCausi (Spider Bite Beer Co.), Liam Hudock (Long Ireland Beer Co.), Mark "Rocker" Silvestro (Blue Point Brewing Co.).

2013 LONG ISLAND NEW BEER OF THE YEAR (Beers Released in 2012): Black Friday 2012 (Long Ireland Beer Co.), Blood Orange Pale Ale (Great South Bay Brewery), Driftwood Ale (Montauk Brewing Co.), Entitlement Porter (Blue Point Brewing Co.), Eye Be Use Imperial IPA (Spider Bite Beer Co.)

2013 LONG ISLAND BEER OF THE YEAR (BJCP judged): Long Island Potato Stout (Blind Bat Brewery), May Bock Spring Lager (BrickHouse Brewery), Otherside IPA (Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.), Sorachi Ace (Brooklyn Brewery), White’s Beach Wit (Port Jeff Brewing Co.)

This year’s Beer Pioneer Award will be presented to Mr. Chris Werle and Mr. Jeffry Piciullo, owners of the Croxley’s Ale House franchise, now celebrating 20 years in the craft beer bar business. Two additional special awards will be given, one recognizing outstanding achievement and the other an industry humanitarian award. The Humanitarian Award will recognize all the participants who helped to create Surge Protector, a collaboration beer with donated profits going to Barrier Brewing Company and Long Island Cares.

Tickets include admission to the semi-formal gala, beer sampling, and light fare. Tickets can be purchased at www.GoldenTaps.com. Tickets are $55. This is a 21+ event. Funds raised will support Long Island Craft Beer Week (LICBW) and its charity partners. LICBW is a 501(c)3 entity.

Long Island Craft Beer Week will be held May 10-19, 2013 with special events planned in both Nassau and Suffolk counties. The 10-day celebration of locally crafted beer and where to enjoy nationally crafted beers locally. www.LongIslandCraftBeerWeek.com.

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