LI Farm Brewery head brewer offers pairing advice

A beer pairing with food… trucks!


Long Island Farm Brewery head brewmeister Brian Smith offered some beer and food pairing advice for visiting customers to come try. 

Wine pairing, he explained, is a popular event, but with the prolific rise of gourmet food trucks and the booming microbrewery business, foodies are experimenting with fun flavors. 

“I am also a foodie,” Smith said, eager to share his beer and food pairings, noting that the brewery offers several food truck offerings as well. “Nothing else is closer to bliss than our Summer Ale with a Dirty Bird from our favorite food truck, Lil’ Tin Shed!”

Brewmeister Brian is referring to the buttermilk-fried chicken, served on a toasted garlic artisan roll.  But, don’t forget the pickles, mustard aioli, and hot honey sauce. 

“I make all the sauces myself,” said Lil’ Tin Shed food trucks owner Anastasia Marino. “It seems like everybody comes back for the Dirty Bird!” 

Another favorite, according to Marino, are her handmade specialty burgers. 

“Our Bacon and Blues is a hit with the brewery crowd [Long Island Farm Brewery]. Provolone, bacon and blue cheese,” she said. “What’s not to love?”

LIFB co-owner Kirk Weiss believes this goes perfectly with their award-winning Golden Hour.  “It is an American IPA, double-dry hopped with El Dorado and Cascade,” explained Weiss.  “Perfect to round out our assortment!”

“We always know it will be exciting coming here to the brewery,” said Sarah Sloan of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. “The kids can run around in the large outdoor garden… while they’re waiting to go into Waterdrinker. They love the jumpy pads! My husband is looking forward to the new Golden Hour brew. He read somewhere that it won some kind of accolades.” 

And win it did! LIFB’s Golden Hour took a gold medal in the New York State Craft Beer Competition for 2024. 

“We are very proud of our Brewer, Brian,” Kirk added. “He works hard, is super creative, and puts out some tasty blends!” 

Joe Weiss, of Long Island Farm Brewery, also noted that Brian is often thinking about what brew can blend with their festivals.

“Like some kind of sour for our upcoming Pickle Festival in July, for example,” he said.

Before you leave, Waterdrinker manager Brittney Weiss suggests you grab a four-pack of Silly Lily Ale.

“It goes great with seafood because it’s loaded with lemon!” she said.


The brewery is adjacent to both the Manorville and North Fork Waterdrinker Farms locations.

Located in a former potato barn, the Long Island Farm Brewery tasting room and brewhouse are reminiscent of Long Island’s farming past. Fifth-generation farmers and brothers, Joe and Kirk Weiss, recently opened the local brewery in Manorville on property next to the Waterdrinker Family Farm with friend, Nick Giuffre.

Entrance and seating is offered at a first-come, first-served basis, with just over 90 seats, which, he said, fill quickly. There is live music and food trucks offered on the weekends. Check social media for updates.


The brewery is open with hours on Tuesday-Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.; Friday noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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