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It’s pumpkin beer season and we’ve got a Long Island list of must-tries

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Spider Bite Beer Co. (Holbrook) – All Hallow’s Eve

With its 9% ABV, Spider Bite’s All Hallow’s Eve packs a wallop.

Owner and brewmaster Larry Goldstein, who admits he’s not a big pumpkin fan, has been serving up this imperial pumpkin beer since 2009.

“It’s got the pumpkin spice flavors, like pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg clove,” Goldstein said. “We won’t put a rim on it when we serve it cause it already seems like the rim is in there.”

Spider Bite also carried a pumpkin porter for a few years, but not lately, yet maybe next year, he said.

Goldstein said customers start asking for All Hallow’s Eve over the summer, but he waits until September to serve it.

And anyone interested in the imperial should race to Spider Bite well before trick-or-treaters walk the streets.

“We wont brew it again, we brew one batch,” he said. “When it’s gone, it’s gone. It should get to Halloween, but last year we definitely sold out before then.”


Jamesport Farm Brewery (Riverhead) – Sugar Skull

When the Jamesport Farm Brewery in 2017, it wasted little time before offering its Sugar Skull pumpkin beer.

Every year, the brewery rolls out this fall delight on it’s Aug. 26 anniversary, according to owner Melissa Caggiano.

And it sticks around well after pumpkin season.

“Usually we’ll run out by January or February,” Caggiano said. “We canned a lot more this past season so we would have it into the spring next year.”

Caggiano said it boasts a classic pumpkin pie taste, but with unique freshness.

“We are a farm brewery, so we use our own ingredients that we use here, our own malting barley, our own hops and pumpkin,” she said.

Jamesport Farm Brewery also offers a second limited run of Sugar Skull, one aged in whiskey barrels for 10 months. Only available on tap at the tasting room, the whiskey barrel Sugar Skull is served in a commemorative glass for each anniversary the brewery celebrates.

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