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Editorial: A ‘Bully’ Welcome To OBBC And Sparkboom

As Jennifer Sappell says, Oyster Bay is a “cool” happening hamlet. She is hoping to partner with Gabe Haim and Ryan Schlotter in Sparkboom in their new Oyster Bay Brewing Company, opening by May 1, at 76 South Street.

Gabe Haim lives in Bayville and grew up in Sea Cliff (which amazingly is part of the Town of Oyster Bay.) He and Ryan Schlotter, of Centerport, are partners in the Oyster Bay Brewing Company. The two have founded a mini-brewery that will be located at 76 South Street and nestled in the former Mexican restaurant that faces the parking lot.

We chatted with Gabe, who is well spoken, a good communicator and enthusiastic about artisan beer. The brewing and retail operation will all fit into the space. “There are nine tanks that will be set up so that some are for brewing, ageing and fermenting. There is a small space for tasting and for OBCC merchandise.

“You can fill up a fresh “growler” of beer. It is also being sold in tanks to bars and restaurants. You can take a tour and learn how we brew beer. People can bring their own growlers, which we will clean out before filling, or they can buy ours. The beer will be fresh or made a week before,” he explained.

A growler is a small glass jug that holds 64 ounces of fresh beer. Artisianal beer fans often have their own growlers. The OBBC growler costs $10. The cost of the beer varies, depending on the beer, and are from $10 to $20.

Gabe explained, “The more fermenting, the more ingredients, the higher alcohol content and if there are fresh organic ingredients like fruit, which increases the complexity of the taste —  increases the cost. “The IPAs (India Pale Ales) use a lot of hops and the more hops the greater the cost, especially since the cost of hops is going up.”  

A Growler holds four or five beers so the cost is in line with the going rate of micro-brew beer. You can taste them after the New York State Liquor Authority grants them a license, hopefully by May 1.

Jennifer Sappell is excited by the possibility of it being the first Sparkboom site. Ms. Sappell, executive director of LINSHA (Long Island North Shore Heritage Area) got a grant from the New York State Council for the Arts. It too is a partnership, in this case a collaborative arts program with 12 partners and with the Huntington Arts Council as the lead agency.

Ms. Sappell said they are planning on introducing Sparkboom in Oyster Bay with an art event with special attention to young people, emerging artists.

“Gabe and Ryan are going to help us run the event. We are planning to start in Oyster Bay with art on the walls and live music in the tasting room area. Sparkboom is a program of art for arts sake. It is in its earliest stages. It is going to roll out in late spring. We are very much in the planning stages but are already planning.

“Having a brewery in Oyster Bay is a cool thing,” she added.

You will know Sappell from her work in bringing tall ships to the Oyster Festival. She and Jim Werner co-chair the committee. And that is another cool thing for Oyster Bay.

— DFK

News

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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