04/21/17 6:02am

James Hull, owner of the Shelter Island Craft Brewery, likes to say that when people visits his brewery they are “tasting Shelter Island.”

By that he means every beer on tap is created from ingredients grown on the island, each with a different taste to offer.

The brewery is now entering its third summer and Hull said he’s excited about the progress he’s made, continuing to build his business and do what he loves.

“I’m not really a beer drinker myself,” he admitted. “But I was blessed with a very good palate.” (more…)

05/25/16 7:08am
A Shelter Island view from the 'Kissing Rock.' (Credit: Charity Robey)

A Shelter Island view from the ‘Kissing Rock.’ (Credit: Charity Robey)

Shelter Island is more than a charming, boring version of the Hamptons, a bucolic identity that travel writers have stuck on it. The island has welcomed visitors for two centuries with a contrariness that comes with being able to roll up the gangplanks every night and let the rest of the world go to hell. There’s a lot here, especially for people willing to bike or float, and a long summer day is enough time to get a taste.  (more…)

01/26/16 6:06am
Dune Cottage Belgian style saison shelter island

A glass of Dune Cottage Belgian-style saison.
(Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Is this a beer list or an appetizer menu? That might be your first question when you enter Shelter Island Craft Brewery for the first time and examine the beers on tap.

The names of some of the beers — Forbidden Fruit, French Kiss and Twin Forks Harvest — might be more reminiscent of something from a master chef’s kitchen. With ingredients like thyme, peppercorn, orange, licorice and lemon verbena, it’s easy to see that owner and brewmaster James Hull draws on his culinary background when brewing his creations.

“I just like to cook, it’s my passion,” said Hull. (more…)

12/26/15 6:05am
Cricket, safely leaning against a rock, off duty from clearing brush and restoring pasture land. (Credit: Halsey Quinn)

Cricket the goat, off duty from clearing brush and restoring pasture land at Sylvester Manor. (Credit: Halsey Quinn)

It’s been quite a year for the folks on Shelter Island. As the Island settles in for winter and looks to 2016, here’s a review some of the year’s high points:

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12/09/15 6:27am
Growlers at Shelter Island Craft Brewery range from $13 to $26 (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Growlers at Shelter Island Craft Brewery range from $13 to $26 (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Shelter Island is like a world onto its own and that goes for the shopping as well. The Island discourages chain stores, but that means plenty of Shelter Island foods, beer or other local goods to give to your friends and family. Visit the stores to see for yourself.

Here are five Shelter Island gifts to pick up this holiday season. (more…)

10/30/15 6:09am
Jim Hull pouring up some of his Forbidden Fruit apple ale. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Jim Hull pouring up some of his Forbidden Fruit apple ale for fall.  (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Would you drink a beer in which scallops were one of the main ingrediants? Or how about a crème brulee-based ale?

While something is always brewing at Shelter Island Craft Brewery, some of the latest brews are getting downright unusual, like for instance, scallop beer.

“It’s pan seared scallops with orange and fennel, that’s the base for the beer,” explained proprietor and brew master Jim Hull.

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08/24/15 2:41pm
Brewer Peter Douma filling up a growler (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Brewer Peter Douma filling up a growler
(Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Care to try a little Liquid Sunshine? Or how about a beer made with wild beach rugosa?

Shelter Island Craft Brewery, which has been open for less than two months, has become so popular it can barely keep up with demand.

“Weekends we do really, really well,” says brewer Peter Douma. “We pretty much sell out as fast as we can make it. I’m brewing almost every night.” (more…)