Over the last few months we have dropped by the in-flux headquarters of Spider Bite Beer Company on several occasions. What was once a simple industrial unit consisting of an office and warehouse space is now a brewery and tasting room. The goal which Larry Goldstein and his partner Anthony LiCausi (also his neighbor) have built towards is a spot in where they can finally brew and serve Spider Bite beer to thirsty Long Islanders.
Goldstein and LiCausi had previously been producing their beer through the process referred to as “contract brewing.” In simple terms, this means a recipe is given to a another brewery where it is made and then packaged for sale. Their product was being contract brewed in upstate New York until a change in ownership at one of the locations making their beer neccesitated finding a new contracting partner.
This mid-stream shift resulted in a shortage in product coming to market. Venues and customers wanted Spider Bite beer but there was none to go around. Instead of hurrying into a new relationship Goldstein did his homework and finally settled on a facility in Ipswich Massachusetts, a location whose output he was confident in. Parallel to this the brewery headquarters in Holbrook, New York began to take shape,.”We wanted to stay in New York but it was about quality and we knew we wer about to go online here as well.” It was only a matter of time before this Long Island beer company was producing beer themselves on Long Island.
Fast fowarding to today the brewhouse is in place at Spider Bite’s Holbrook home. At the new space several batches have now gone through the new one and a half barrel system. Among the locally crafted brews was an IPA which taught them lessons about their new brewhouse and earned itself the acronym P.I.T.A. and a brown porter named “Silk Spinner” which Goldstein described thus, “It’s nice. A little roasty, coffee, chocolate at 5.1%abv.” There have also been batches brewed as part of a relationship for a soon to open joint in Williamsburg Brooklyn. The recipes for two of these beers were a collaboration with the venues owners and Spider Bite Beer Company and the rest were originals. Among these will be a vanilla infused Porter which we are looking forward to trying in it’s final form.
Goldstein and LiCausi truly are spinning their web at a rapid pace to draw in some Long Island craft beer “flys”. Was that too much of a stretch? If it was tough nuggets! Their tasting room is now open, so visit Spider Bite at 920 Lincoln Ave. #5 in Holbrook. Their hours are: Thursday 4-8 | Friday 3-8 | Saturday 12-4 | Sunday 12-4.