Spider Bite Beer Company
One of the best under-the-radar craft breweries in Long Island
Spider Bite Beer Company was conceived back in 2008 by co-founders and friends Larry Goldstein and Anthony LiCausi. Based in Holbrook, Long Island, Spider Bite crafts a number of beers from the Pale Ale family, in addition to Stouts, Belgians, and Saisons. The name of the brewery was inspired after a summer of too many bug bites.
Co-founder and Brewmaster Larry Goldstein was born and raised on Long Island, New York and graduated from SUNY Stony Brook with a degree in Biology. He then headed to Atlanta, Georgia to get his Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine, and it was during this time that he discovered his love and passion for craft beer. Larry began hosting beer tastings, home brewing his own beer, and entering and judging beer competitions. He even traveled the country in search of new Craft Breweries.
To take his passion a step farther, Larry started writing articles and a tasting column for the Southern Brew News, as well as amassing notebooks of over 5,000 individual beer reviews. When he started assistant brewing for a local brewpub, he decided that it was more than just a hobby and left his chiropractic practice after running it for more than ten years. He returned to his hometown of Long Island to fulfill his dream of opening a brewery.
To obtain a more formal brewing education, Larry attended the American Brewers Guild and apprenticed at The Lost Abbey/Port Brewing in San Diego. The West Coast style IPAs, with the big hops, Imperial styles, and Sour/Wild Ales inspired him and these flavors have been carried over to Spider Bite Beer Company.
Although very small, Spider Bite Beer Company has been off to a strong start, earning the 2012 FX Matt Memorial Cup for “Best Craft Brewery” in New York State in their first year of business. Many of Spider Bite’s beers have garnered individual medals and the brewery continues to gain popularity among locals. We hope you enjoy these two selections from this up and coming craft brewery.