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Long Island’s Craft Beer Industry: A New Growth Cycle

Great South Bay Brewery at Station Yards

Looking ahead to 2024, industry growth is not expected to come from the opening of new breweries but instead from well-established breweries expanding their footprint. Saint James Brewery, which was founded in 2012 and opened a taproom in St. James in 2020, recently expanded production at its Holbrook brewery and is looking for a location for a second taproom on the South Shore.

Great South Bay Brewery, which opened its brewery and taproom on Drexel Drive in Bay Shore in 2013, is planning to open a second taproom and casual restaurant in the spring at the new Station Yards mixed development next to the Ronkonkoma Long Island Rail Road station. The billion-dollar development from East Setauket-based Tritec Real Estate already has close to 500 apartments open and when completed is projected to have 1,450 apartments along with retail and office space.

The Davis family, which is now the majority owner of Great South Bay Brewery, also plans to open a third taproom and restaurant in a historic former bank building in downtown Lindenhurst, which has emerged as one of Long Island’s hot craft beer destinations. The new Great South Bay location will be across the street from Sand City South Brewery, which opened in 2021, and within walking distance of 27A Brewing Co., Breslau Brewing Co. and W A Meadwerks.

Read the full article in the Long Island Press.