Located at 2309 Union Boulevard in Bay Shore within a 1,200-square-foot, two-story building since January of 2010, Great South Bay Brewery is currently expanding operations with the recent acquisition of an additional 4,300-square-foot, one-story building—also located at 2309 Union Boulevard, at the rear of the first structure—that will feature a new 30-BBL brewhouse.
The first story of the front building, Great South Bay’s current brewhouse, will soon function as their tasting room and is set to open on Friday, 5/13, coinciding with the first day of Long Island Craft Beer Week. The grand opening will also serve to introduce Great South Bay’s newest beer, Conscious Sedaison, a Farmhouse Saison available in a limited 750 ml cork-and-cage bottle.
Here is a preview of what Great South Bay’s tasting room will offer from founder/head brewmaster Rick Sobotka:
“The tasting room will have a large bar and multiple tables and customers will be offered free 2 oz tastings. We will also be selling tokens which can be exchanged for merchandise, special released beers, growler fills, keg purchases and 8 oz servings of GSB brew (with food). Tasting room hours will begin as Fridays/Saturdays from 3:00PM – 8:00PM and will extend to other days as we span out.”
Continuing with Great South Bay’s expansion, here are the specifics on their new 30-BBL production brewery, again from Sobotka:
“The new production brewery will be a 30-BBL system (I currently brew on a 1-BBL system; 60 keg batches vs 2 keg batches). We are keeping the 1-BBL to do our test batches on, which will be housed in a corner of the new brewery.
Main contents of new production brewery:
30-BBL, 2 vessel brewhouse
3 – 30-BBL fermenters
2 – 60-BBL fermenters
1 – 45-BBL hot liquor tank
1 – 60-BBL Brite tank
1- Canning Processing Unit (we will come out with 6 pack, 12 pack and 24 pack cans, rather than bottles)
1- 4 headed Semi-Automatic Keg Racker
The brewhouse has been ordered from a facility in Chicago and is currently in construction.
Updates to follow.