Bats & Brews at Old Westbury Gardens


Old Westbury Gardens offers a variety of adult programs on the grounds as part of their Summer Series. They combined nature and local craft beer, for their Take Flight series since not all craft beer drinkers like overcrowded beer festivals and sticky floors. These events are fun and sophisticated and appeal to more of a knowledgeable audience. The series included Birds and Brews, Bees and Brews, Butterflies and Brews, and lastly Bats and Brews.

Andrew Preston, owner of Hicksville Beer & Soda and founder of the Local to Locals movement, sourced the beers for the event. For Bats and Brews, Destination Unknown Beer Company from Bay Shore, brought six of their finest beers for tasting including Raspberry Berliner Weisse a collaboration with Great South Bay Brewery and Spider Bite Beer Co. as part of the Local to Local series, Mellow Mood an American Pale Ale, Tasman Bay American Pale Ale, DUBCO IPA, Gilgo Gose with Himalayan Pink Salt, pink guava and passion fruit, and Waikiki Wheat with hibiscus and guava.

Before each tasting, brewers from Destination Unknown Beer Company described the flavor profile of the beer and other tasting notes. Attendees got to enjoy 5 different tastings, a full craft beer of choice and a to-go beer to bring home and enjoy another time.

Craft beer enthusiasts got to sit and relax at picnic tables by the Barn at Orchard Hill sipping beers and snacking on a delicious cheese platter as Maria Armour, Bat Biologist and Staff/ Senior Instructor from Bridgewater State University, provided fun facts about bats, showed models, and then took the group on a scenic walk of the gardens to find bats using animal echolocation signals and frequencies.

There are nine different bat species that can be found on Long Island. Some of the bats spotted on the walk included Easter reds, Big browns, Silver-haired, Hoary and Tricolored bats.

If you’re looking for a unique date idea, a fun group activity or a family outing, Old Westbury Gardens has it all. For more information about upcoming events at Old Westbury Gardens click here.


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