Long Ireland opens Riverhead tasting room

07/30/2011 6:04 AM |

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Long Ireland Beer Company co-owner Dan Burke entertains customers in the tasting room by flashing his 'fake' smile as he fills a growler with Raspberry Wheat beer for Kim Cioch, 39, (far right) of Riverhead Friday afternoon.

Long Ireland Beer Company co-owners Dan Burke of Shoreham and Greg Martin of Port Jefferson opened their long-awaited Pulaski Street tasting room Friday afternoon.

The pair began brewing two weeks ago they have so far made about 3,000 gallons of Celtic Ale, Pale Ale, Raspberry Wheat and Breakfast Stout— a sweet stout and is made with coffee. Their brewery assistant Fred Keller says it is great with an egg sandwich and only has 3.5% alcohol.

Long Ireland had about 40 customers Friday who had either heard from friends that they were opening or on the company’s Facebook page.

Julia Harmon, 28, of Hampton Bays stopped in to buy a growler of Celtic Ale for her father who had never tried it. “He likes to try different things,” she said.

Kim Cioch, 39, of Riverhead stopped in to buy a growler of the Raspberry Wheat. “I love it and it is a nice summer fresh taste,” Ms. Cioch said. We also got a tour of the brewery — my first.”

The tasting room at 817 Pulaski Street will be open on Thursday and Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m.