Long Island Six Pack

Long-Island-Six-Pack2I’ll start this off by saying I’m not a beer connoisseur and I have no idea what I’m talking about. This entire post was written under the influence of alcohol and I enjoyed every second of it.

So here we go—in no particular order aside from the order I drank them in—here are six beers out of Long Island you should try:

1. Port Jeff Party Boat IPA

Let’s get this party started with Port Jeff Brewing Co‘s Party Boat IPA. I’m not typically an IPA guy—and I’ll only have 1 or 2 of them if I do. This is one that I really like though—I can’t put my finger on what makes me like one IPA and not like another—Port Jeff’s is super hoppy and bitter like you’d expect, but it’s still refreshing and doesn’t have a bad aftertaste, which I find a lot of IPA’s do. So there you go, I guess there’s one reason why I like Party Boat vs. other IPAs. And it’s got a 7.7% ABV—that’s cool w/ me.PortJeffIPAABV: 7.7%
Tasting Notes: Big malty backbone up front, stands up to the aggressive American piney citrusy hop finish. 10 different kinds of hops.
Availability: Year Around

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2. Fire Island Lighthouse Ale

Next up is Lighthouse Ale from Fire Island Beer Co. Man I love this beer—it’s just flat out what I want a beer to be, it’s super easy to drink, has a lot of taste, great color and a respectable 5.2% ABV. An ice cold six-er of these on a hot Summer day = what dreams are made of.FireIslandLighthouse
ABV: 5.2%
Tasting Notes: Soft carbonation, a light caramel finish and a toasty round body make Lighthouse Ale a beer that’s easygoing and flavorful: the kind of beer you want to have a beer with.
Availability: Year Around

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3. Blue Point Blueberry Ale

For my third beer, I’m going with Blue Point Blueberry Ale—I’ve been drinking this stuff on tap for a long time, it’s my go-to whenever I’m at Revolution checking out a band. This beer smells amazing—it’s light and has a really nice, subtle Blueberry taste. Me likey.BluePointBlueberryABV: 4.5%
Tasting Notes: A crisp golden ale with just a hint of blueberry flavor and a mild hops finish. Not your typical fruit-forward beer, Blueberry Ale unleashes a lively berry aroma that gives way to a well-balanced session ale that is refreshing year round.
Availability: Year Around

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4. Greenport Leaf Pile Ale

Moving on: Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.‘s Leaf Pile Ale. This gem is only available in the Fall so I hoarded some in my fridge to hold me over. I know there are a lot of Pumpkin Spice beer haters out there—I’m not one of them—but even if you are, I’d tell you to try this one before you judge. Leaf Pile doesn’t over do it with Pumpkin flavor,  it’s really balanced with some interesting notes. Plus Greenport’s label designs are always so awesome.GreenportLeafPileABV: 5.2%
Tasting Notes: An autumn ale which brings you a slice of pumpkin pie in a glass. Fresh whole ginger, cinnamon, all spice, and nutmeg gives this ale its distinct character.
Availability: Seasonal

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5. Great South Bay Blood Orange

GSB‘s Blood Orange Pale Ale is a Long Island classic. Probably the one beer I would tell someone visiting they needed to try—it is so original and creative. You’ll look really cool drinking it, which you can see by the photo in the middle below. GSB’s got great distribution around LI so you can probably find it anywhere around you that sells beer—so go pick some up.GSBBloodOrangeABV: 5.0%
Tasting Notes: Blood Orange Pale Ale starts with the finest quality malted barley and American hops. It’s then infused with blood oranges to add the bittersweet flavor that rounds out this remarkably well balanced pale ale.

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6. Montauk Hop Blonde Ale

Last but definitely not least is Montauk Brewing Co‘s Hop Blonde Ale. This might be the one beer I’d take with me if I were stranded on a deserted island. *At this point I should note that I’m a little tipsy* but it’s not just the alcohol talking—I’ve had this beer on many occasions and it’s been one of my favorites for a while—as is just about anything the guys at Montauk put out. They’re starting to get some good distribution around the Island as well, so go find some!MontaukHopBlondeABV: 5.0%
Tasting Notes: A crisp hop finish sets this blonde ale apart from the rest. This is a balanced beer with light straw color and smooth flavor.
Availability: Seasonal (Sept – Dec)

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Well, that’ll do it—I need a nap. Thanks for taking the time to read this and for continuing to support Stay Loose. I hope you’ll support our local breweries and look for one of the beers above next time your out shopping for alcohol, they won’t disappoint.

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10 Long Island Instagram Accounts You Should Follow

10-LI-Insta-Acct-Header_4Welcome to the first edition of 10 Long Island Instagram Accounts You Should Follow. There are so many awesome Long Island landscapes, sunsets and beaches that pop up in my Instagram feed everyday and I decided to put together a list of my favorite accounts that contribute to this community.

From Hewlett to Hauppauge, from Merrick to Montauk, here are 10 of my favorite Long Island Instagram accounts to follow in no particular order:

1. @michaelwittenocean

MichaelWittenMichael Witten is a beach/ocean/surf photographer out of Babylon. His Instagram is loaded with stunning photos of Long Island beaches, surfers and ocean wildlife. His motto on IG is “Get Wet. Play Hard. Be Kind. Leave Smiles.” which is super fitting with the tone of his photography. I especially love his ocean wildlife photographs, like the dolphin photo below. Check out Michael on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.MWitten_border4

2. @thirstsea

KimberlyKleinKimberly Klein is a 23 year old photographer from Hewlett. I came across her page through another Instagrammer I follow, j0e_0c, who actually took abd posted the photo I’m using in Kimberly’s profile above. I really like the white space she creates with a little over-exposure (like in the surf photo on the bottom left and the lighthouse photo on the bottom right). It gives her photos great composition and it frames her subjects perfectly.  Check out Kimberly on Instagram and Tumblr.KKlein

3. @ianmtk

Ian Cooke is a 23 year old photographer out of Montauk, LI. I came across his account when I was researching the band The Montauk Project for 10 Songs Part 1 back in August 2014. His page is a great insight into the local Montauk beach culture and it’s especially cool to see his shots this time of the year – the Montauk landscapes have an especially peaceful almost eerie feel. The beaches that are bustling in the summer are desolate and calm (aside from the local sufers of course). Check out Ian on Instagram.ICooke

4. @erica_mengouchian

Erica Mengouchian is a photographer and graphic artist from Commack. The first image of hers that I saw was the image you see to the left below. It’s such an interesting and beautiful image – the girls got some design skills! The rest of her page is made up of more traditional photography covering Montauk to Manhattan. I love her perspective – she shoots from really interesting angles and creates some truly unique compositions. Check out Erica on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. And check out ericamengouchian.com as well.EMengouchian

5. @cwar5

cwar5Chris Warren is a photographer out of Southampton on the east end of Long Island. I started following Chris after I saw a few of his recent posts from snow storm Jonas. I love seeing photos of the beach – a place that’s sunny and warm and packed with people during the Summer – on the totally opposite end of the spectrum. It’s not often most of us head to the beach during the Winter months to see the places we know so well in June, July and August, covered with snow and abandoned. It’s been great seeing it from Chris’s perspective. Check Chris out on Instagram and Twitter.CWarren


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6. @a_beckerphoto

a_beckerphotoAndrew Becker is a surfer and photographer from Centereach – he gets some really great wave photos like the ones below. His photography is a great representation of Long Island beach and surf culture and I love the different colors and textures he brings out of the water. He recently started Opala Bracelets, which recycles bags and balloons that wash up on the beach and turns them into these really cool bracelets. Follow Andrew on Instagram and be sure to check out opalabracelets.com.ABecker

7. @err_lynn

Erica-EiseleErica Eisele is a photographer from Hauppauge with a “somewhat unhealthy obsession with sunsets”. Her photographs are all about beautiful, vivid colors and gorgeous Long Island landscapes. I’m super glad she’s obsessed with sunsets because her page is stunning to look at – I always recognize her photos when they pop up in my feed. Check out Erica on Instagram, Facebook and be sure to visit ele-photos.com as well.EEisele

8. @letstaukgrams

James_Katsipis2James Katsipis is a surfer and photographer out of Montauk. I started following Whalebone Magazine on Instagram when the publication launched last year – I fell in love with their design and photography, and James is the Chief Photographer there – so naturally I love his Instagram page. He’s a really versitle photographer and shoots a wide range of styles – his photographs have a lot of different personalities from one to the next. My favorite photos of his are the ones below – they blur the lines of fantasy and reality using long exposures to create a long depth of field and stunning colors. Check out James on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Vimeo. And visit jameskatsipis.com for more of his work.JKatsipis

9. @timmean

Tim Mean is a photographer out of Merrick on the south shore of Long Island. His page is filled with beautiful Long Island sunsets and landscapes like the ones you see below. I especially love the golden-toned shot in the middle – I don’t think he could have arranged those birds more perfectly in the frame if he wanted to – it’s a perfect shot. Follow Tim on Instagram.TMean2

10. @whitecapt

WhiteCapt@whitecapt is a really cool account to follow – he’s a Fire Island ferry boat captain – which means he’s probably sailed your drunk ass home from Fire Island back to Bay Shore at one point or another. He takes some really cool photos too and it’s cool to get a different perspective on your ride across the Great South Bay.WCap

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