When you think of the East End of Long Island, you probably think of a giant Lighthouse, beautiful beaches filled with wealthy New York City businessmen in sandals and socks (because fashion is important to the rich), and endless vineyards flowing with Long Island’s finest wines.
A Giant Lighthouse.
Sandals and socks. My dude’s taking fashion to the NEXT LEVEL.
Vineyards on vineyards on vineyards (you know, if you say “Vineyards” enough times out loud, it starts to become not a word anymore. Try it, I’ll be here when you get back.)
But move over, lighthouses! Move over, socks and sandals! And MOVE OVER, GRAPES! (I’ve never told a grape to move over before, and it feels really good. Try it, I’ll be here when you get back 😉). There’s a new kid in town, and what can I say, he’s a DELIGHT!
When breweries began popping up, such as Greenport Harbor Brewing on the North Shore of Long Island, a hop, skip, and a jump from the Long Island Sound, and Long Ireland Brewing Company in Riverhead, people started to take notice (I’ve mentioned before, Breweries make amazing neighbors. They bring in revenue to local businesses, and they’re all about local community.)
Breweries such as these folks above paved the way for a new wave of small breweries to open out on the East End, turning a summer destination into a year-round place to enjoy the company of good people while enjoying a pint of some amazing local brews. (I mean, you’re drinking steps from where the beer is made, so it doesn’t get more local.)
Let’s talk Moustache Brewing Company. Matt and Lauri Spitz have been homebreweing for over a decade, and went from brewing in Matt’s Dad’s backyard, to a brewhouse tucked away in an industrial building shared with an auto repair shop in the Polish Town section of Riverhead (just a quick walk from the Riverhead train station, if you’re coming from NYC). They opened in April, 2014, with 4 taps, including their Everyman’s Porter, One Drop Pale Ale, and Rally Beard IPA, a beer they’ve brewed annually since, as their opening day was the day they shaved off Matt’s giant, fuzzy man beard and left the signature handlebar Moustache that adorns their simple yet elegant logo.
The barber’s chair below their moustachio’ed (is this a word? It is now!) logo.
The 2 Cutiez Matt and Lauri Spitz.
In the three plus years since they’ve opened, they’ve expanded their brew house size to keep up with the demand from bars and restaurants all over Long Island, and began distributing to NYC and Westchester. Their drafts and bottles were flying off the shelves, so in September of 2016, they produced their first cans of their amazing Proton IPA, a gorgeous Double IPA bursting with mango and citrus, with a beautiful malt sweetness, and at around 8% ABV, goes down dangerously easy. I was able to be their for their canning day, and the amount of effort that goes into making these cans is unbelievable. It makes me appreciate drinking a can of beer even more than I used to.
Holding one of the first cans off the line in the tasting room!
The description is mouthwatering.
The finished product, enjoyed with the people who made it, after a long day’s work.
Lauri and Matt, with their head Brewer Rob Rafa (on the right) and Pete from Anvil Craft Services, who provided the mobile canning line.
In the year since that release, they have been pushing out cans of their amazing beers, such as Awkward Conversations, a nearly 10% ABV Double IPA to get you through the family holiday parties that everyone just loves, or their classic Everyman’s Porter, a beer I could drink all day, low in ABV and refreshing, with roasted coffee and chocolate notes.
Here, drool over some pictures of some more Moustache cans…
Blue Box, a 10.5% ABV IPA.
Schrödinger’s Can, either a Double IPA or a Black IPA. It’s both… Until you open the can.
The aforementioned Rally Beard IPA…
Terre Au Verre, a saison brewed with lavender, honey and lemon verbena.
As with any home or apartment, sometimes you outgrow the space you have, and last month, Matt and Lauri took to Facebook and Instagram LIVE! to announce that they had taken over the space previously occupied by the Auto Parts store, and would be in a space 4x the size of their current brew house and tasting room! So, what better time to go visit them?
Have you been? What do you think?
Let us know in the comments below!
Until next time, cheers!