Shelter Island’s first craft brewery back in business

JULIE LANE PHOTO Shelter Island Craft Brewery owner James Hull (right) and family friend Frankie Venezia were hard at working replenishing the beer supply that had been all but exhausted over the July 4 holiday weekend.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
Shelter Island Craft Brewery owner James Hull (right) and  friend Frankie Venezia were hard at working replenishing the beer supply that had been exhausted over the July 4 holiday weekend.

The umbrellas are up outside over the picnic tables — to stay this time — as Shelter Island Craft Brewery finally opened its doors Friday on North Ferry Road with the blessing of both state and federal agencies.

As the holiday weekend was about to begin Friday, owner James Hull was still in limbo while his friend Frankie Venezia worked the phone and computer fast and furiously to get the last piece of paper work approved by the New York State Liquor Authority.

It seems one piece of paper the state required wasn’t signed correctly and Mr. Venezia had Mr. Hull sign a corrected form that could be scanned and sent directly to the SLA.

He got in just under the wire since state employees were being dismissed at 12:30 p.m. Friday for the holiday weekend. The paper work was completed at 12:15 p.m. and within minutes, Shelter Island Craft Brewery’s licensing went from pending to approved.

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