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Winner Named In Local Brewery Battle
Long Ireland Beer Company Takes Gold

August 13, 2018 - East Islip, NY.   Despite a threatening weather forecast, the rain held out and the sun peeked through the clouds for the return of The Long Island Craft Classic last weekend.  A record number of attendees traveled to Heckscher State Park on Saturday, August 11, 2018 to try amazing craft beers, wines, ciders, barbeque food, and to vote in the second annual Long Island BREW’D competition.  The BREW’D competition pit Long Island breweries against each other in a head-to-head taste-off, judged by event attendees.

Earlier this summer several Long Island breweries signed up for a brewing competition knowing there would be a mystery ingredient with which they had to brew.  After a fan-curated online vote, on June 4th the mystery ingredient was revealed—PINEAPPLE.  Breweries then had more than 8 weeks to brew any beer style they preferred, as long as it incorporated pineapple into the recipe. 

The 2018 competitors included breweries from across Long Island and included many different styles, from Pale Ales to Sours, sure to appeal to the masses who will vote for their favorite.  Competing this year:  1940's Brewing Co., Brickhouse BreweryBarnshed BrewingBlue Point Brewing Co., Fire Island Beer Co.Garvies Point Brewery Inc.Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.Lithology Brewing Co.Long Ireland Beer Co., Spider Bite Beer Co., Six Harbors Brewing Co., and The Brewers Collective Beer Co

2018 WINNER: Moku Loa IPA
Brewed by Long Ireland Beer Company

Nearly 2000 ticket holders had the chance to taste the specially brewed pineapple beers and vote on-site at the Long Island Craft Classic for their favorite. The winner was Moku Loa, an IPA brewed by Long Ireland Beer Company from Riverhead, NY.  “For our Moku Loa Pineapple IPA, we used a base beer of our Mosaic IPA and infused it with a pineapple extract. We sampled various versions until we found the right balance of pineapple flavor to really allow it to shine, said Greg Martin, co-owner of Long Ireland Beer Company. “It was met with such a strong response that we will be tapping a special keg of Moku Loa at the brewery on Friday, August 17th at 3pm,” added Martin.  The brewery is located at 817 Pulaski St, Riverhead, NY.  Moku Loa means Long Island in Hawaiian.

Next year’s Long Island Craft Classic and the 3rd annual BREW’D competition will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2019.  The 2019 BREW’D competition will be an opportunity for Long Ireland Beer Co. to defend their title as other local breweries try to dethrone the 2018 champ with a new mystery ingredient brew.  For more information, visit

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