LI Breweries Prepare for GABF


The Great American Beer Festival is the largest premier beer festival and competition in the United States, bringing together brewers and diverse beers from across the nation. This three day festival and competition features over 4,000 beers from over 800 breweries across the United States.

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Great South Bay Brewery from Bay Shore, Spider Bite Beer Co. from Holbrook and Barrage Brewing Company from Farmingdale are heading to Denver, Colorado to represent the Long Island craft beer scene at GABF. Here’s a sneak peek of what these Long Island breweries are pouring and competing with at GABF.

Barrage Brewing Company

32 Allen Blvd

Farmingdale, NY 11735

Barrage Brewing Company is pouring several dessert inspired beers at GABF.  Assault N’ Fudgery, a salted caramel fudge porter, won a bronze medal at the 2018 World Beer Cup in Nashville, TN, hopefully this beer will bring home a gold medal in the chocolate category at GABF. Barrage will be pouring Who’s a Good Boy, a chocolate raspberry Russian Imperial stout, which is reminiscent of chocolate covered raspberry jelly rings. Be sure to stop by the Barrage Brewing booth at GABF and indulge in these decadent beers.


Yada Yada Yada

Beer: Chocolate Peanut Caramel Brown Ale

ABV: 6.5%

Category: Field


Assault N Fudgery

Beer: Salted Caramel Fudge Porter

ABV: 6.5%

Category: Chocolate


Sweet Louis

Beer: Hazelnut Coffee Milk Stout

ABV: 5.6%

Category: Coffee


Who’s a Good Boy

Beer: Chocolate Raspberry Russian Imperial Style

ABV: 9.4%

Category: N/A, just pouring

Great South Bay Brewery

25 Drexel Drive

Bay Shore, NY 11706

The brewers at Great South Bay are veterans at GABF. Their Jetty Ale, a cream ale brewed with orange blossom honey, is returning to GABF to try to reclaim the gold. The Jetty Cream Ale won a gold medal at GABF in 2016 and silver in 2017. Great South Bay is also competing in some new categories this year. Nauti Girl, a New England IPA brewed with Nelson Sauvin Hops is entered in the Hazy IPA category.

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The Raspberry Berliner Weisse, a Local to Locals collaboration with Great South Bay Brewery, Destination Unknown Beer Company, and Spider Bite Beer Company, will be entered in the collaboration category. GSB also entered the GABF Pro-Am competition. Homebrewer, Bernard Ramchatesingh from the Handgrenades Homebrew Club, was selected be GSB’s 2018 GABF Pro-Am entry. Ramchatesingh brewed “Pon De Flor,” a traditional gose ale brewed with hibiscus, giving it a striking reddish-pink color which is sure to attract attention from the judges.


Great South Bay Pilsner

Beer: Traditional German Pilsner brewed with Hallertau Hops

ABV: 5.2%

Category: German Pilsner


Sagtikos Sour

Beer: Berliner Weisse brewed with pineapple

ABV: 4.5%

Category: Specialty Berliner Weisse


Nauti Girl

Beer: New England IPA brewed with Nelson Sauvin Hops

ABV: 6.5%

Category: Hazy IPA


Jetty Ale

Beer: Cream Ale brewed with Orange Blossom Honey

ABV: 5.5%

Category: Honey Beer


Pon De Flor

Beer: Gose Ale brewed with hibiscus

ABV: 4.0%

Category: Pro-Am


Raspberry Berliner Weisse

Beer: Berliner Weisse brewed with raspberries

ABV: 4.5%

Category: Collaboration

Spider Bite Beer Co

920 Lincoln Ave #5

Holbrook, NY 11741

Spider Biter Beer Co is known for crafting strong and unique beers. At the second annual New York Craft Beer Competition in Buffalo, Spider Bite Beer Co took home a Gold Medal in the Imperial Stout and Porter category for Boris the Spider. Hopefully, Spider Bite can duplicate their success at GABF in the Imperial stout sub category British. Melba Toasted Brown Ale, named after Melissa “Melba” Barrett, the graphic artist who brought spider alive through her can designs, will be entered in the brown ale category. Crawl over to the Spider Bite Beer Co both and sample these spider inspired beers.


Boris The Spider

Beer: Russian Imperial Stout style

ABV: 10%

Category: Imperial stout sub category British


Melba Toasted Brown Ale

Beer: American Brown Ale

ABV: 7.5%

Category: Brown Ale


Silk Spinner

Beer: American Porter

ABV: 4.5%

Category: Chocolate


Do Double IPA

Beer: American Imperial IPA

ABV: 9%

Category: N/A, just pouring

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