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Blind Bat Brewery Receives Top Honors at Golden Tap Awards Gala

BAY SHORE, NY. (May 15, 2013) - The Golden Tap Awards Gala, one of the premiere events of Long Island's third annual Craft Beer Week, was be held last night at 89 North in Patchogue, NY. Awards were given in a number of people's choice categories, including Best Beer Bar in Nassau, Best Beer Bar in Suffolk, and Best Long Island Home Brew Shop. Long Island Beer of the Year, the most coveted prize of the evening, was given to Paul Dlugokencky brewer and owner of the Blind Bat Brewery (Centerport, NY) for his Long Island Potato Stout.

The audience rose to its feet when Blind Bat Brewery took home top honors winning the LONG ISLAND BEER OF THE YEAR 2013 for its Long Island Potato Stout. "I think I'll be peeling a bit more potatoes this year, with gratitude," said Dlugokencky on his big win. The Long Island Potato Stout was judged to be the best by a special panel of Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judges assembled to conduct blind evaluations of submitted Long Island produced beers, ultimately selecting one for the coveted BEER OF THE YEAR title.

Over 1,000 Long Island beer enthusiasts participated in the online public poll voting in five of the evening's award categories presented at the gala. The winners are:

BEST LONG ISLAND BEER BAR--NASSAU: The Good Life (Massapequa Park)
BEST LONG ISLAND BEER BAR-SUFFOLK: T.J. Finley's Public House (Bay Shore)
BEST LONG ISLAND BREWERY TAP HANDLE: Hoptical Illusion (Blue Point Brewing Company)
BEST LONG ISLAND HOMEBREW SHOP: Karp's Homebrew Shop
BEST LONG ISLAND NEW BEER OF THE YEAR-2012: Blood Orange Pale Ale (Great South Bay Brewery)
2013 LONG ISLAND BEER OF THE YEAR: Long Island Potato Stout (Blind Bat Brewery)

Four additional awards were given during the evening's festivities. The results of an industry-only vote named Liam Huddock of the Long Ireland Beer Co. as BEST LONG ISLAND BREWERY SALES REP. Jeffry Piciullo and Chris Werle, the founders and owners of the Croxley's Ale House franchise were honored with the 2013 BEER PIONEER award, home brewer Rich Thatcher was selected for a special RECOGNITION AWARD, and an emotional presentation of the HUMANITARIAN AWARD was given from Starfish Junction Productions to the Long Island breweries who helped to create Surge Protector, a special collaboration beer whose net profits of nearly $60,000 went to Long Island Cares for local Hurricane Sandy relief and Barrier Brewing Co.

The master of ceremonies for the evening's festivities was Last Comic Standing season five semi-finalist, Joe DeVito. The event was sponsored by Long Island Beer and Malt Enthusiasts (L.I.B.M.E.) and produced by Starfish Junction Productions.

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