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Long Island craft beers on tap at the Tap & Barrel bar in Smithtown. (April 29, 2013)

Craft brewers on Long Island

It's a tough business making craft beer -- with steep regulatory hurdles, high startup costs and sometimes strenuous manual labor -- yet more brewers than ever are tapping into a thirsty Long Island market.

Long Island craft beers on tap at the
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Long Island craft beers on tap at the Tap & Barrel bar in Smithtown. (April 29, 2013)

A look at the beer-making process taken from
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A look at the beer-making process taken from the brewery tasting room at Long Ireland Beer Company in Riverhead. (April 25, 2013)

The grain silo at Long Ireland Beer Company
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The grain silo at Long Ireland Beer Company in Riverhead, a first step in the beer-making process. (April 25, 2013)

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Locally grown hops are used in the beer
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Locally grown hops are used in the beer at Long Ireland Beer Company in Riverhead. (April 25, 2013)

Greg Martin, co-owner of Long Ireland Beer Company
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Greg Martin, co-owner of Long Ireland Beer Company in Riverhead, holds a handful of barley.

Citrus limon will be added to a batch
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Citrus limon will be added to a batch of beer made at the Long Ireland Beer Company in Riverhead. (April 25, 2013)

Dan Burke, co-owner of Long Ireland Beer Company
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Dan Burke, co-owner of Long Ireland Beer Company in Riverhead, hand stirs beer in its early process by the mash ton. This takes about an hour and a half. Temperature and time are very important. (April 25, 2013)

Greg Martin, co-owner of Long Ireland Beer Company
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Greg Martin, co-owner of Long Ireland Beer Company in Riverhead, looks up at one of the fermentation tanks. (April 25, 2013)

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Dan Burke, co-owner of Long Ireland Beer Company
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Dan Burke, co-owner of Long Ireland Beer Company in Riverhead, in the brewery tasting room. (April 25, 2013)

A beer list is written on a chalkboard
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A beer list is written on a chalkboard at the tasting room at Long Ireland Beer Company in Riverhead. (April 25, 2013)

Dan Burke, co-owner of Long Ireland Beer Company
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Dan Burke, co-owner of Long Ireland Beer Company in Riverhead, samples one of his brews in the tasting room. (April 25, 2013)

Paul Dlugokencky, owner of the Blind Bat Brewery,
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Paul Dlugokencky, owner of the Blind Bat Brewery, with his Long Island Potato Stout, left, and Sweet Potato Saison, at the Baldwin Farmers Market on April 27, 2013.

Paul Dlugokencky, owner of the Blind Bat Brewery,
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Paul Dlugokencky, owner of the Blind Bat Brewery, right, sells his craft beer to, from left, Chris Anderson of Seaford, Mike Lenoci of Hicksville and Anthony Condoleo of Hicksville at the Baldwin farmers market. (April 27, 2013)

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Long Island craft beers on tap at the
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Long Island craft beers on tap at the Tap & Barrel bar in Smithtown. (April 29, 2013)

Long Island craft beers on tap at the
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Long Island craft beers on tap at the Tap & Barrel bar in Smithtown. (April 29, 2013)

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