Great South Bay Brewery Ready to Beer-Make, Releases New Beers for Bay Fest

Great South Bay Brewery is ready to beer-make in Bay Shore.

The brewery, owned and brewmastered by Rick Sobotka, has primarily contracted with Brooklyn, New York’s Greenpoint Beer Works since opening in 2010. After May 10, however, production shifts solely to Great South Bay Brewery’s 39,000-square-foot building at 25 Drexel Drive, acquired in 2012. The property was previously used for aerospace equipment distribution, but now features a 30-barrel brewhouse.

“We’re ordering ingredients and planning for our first brew sometime in May,” says Sobotka, who also plans to launch 12 oz. bottles in July. “Flagships are our main concern right now, but we’ll also be experimenting with various recipes. We’ve been preparing for this day for a long time.”

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The final batch of Greenpoint Beer Works-brewed liquid arrives one day before Great South Bay Brewery hosts Bay Fest on May 11 and releases two new beers: Tell No Tales IPA, the brewery’s Massive IPA (a bronze medal winner at TAP New York in 2010) aged with rum-soaked oak spirals and dry-hopped with Cascade from Condzella Hops; and Golden IPA, a variation of Field 5 Golden IPA from 2012’s Tasting Room Exclusive Brew Series. The latter, a “citrusy, West Coast-style IPA with all pilsner malt,” says Sobotka, was brewed with Great South Bay Brewery’s one-barrel system, initially used at its first location at 2309 Union Boulevard. Golden IPA features Citra and Horizon hops.

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“We really like the consistency of Horizon hops for bittering and flavor,” says Sobotka. “This is our third and final test batch. It’s one of the best beers we’ve made.”