Blue Point Beer awaits the participants of the 10 Mile...

Blue Point Beer awaits the participants of the 10 Mile Run to the Brewery in Patchogue on Saturday. (Jan. 28, 2012) Credit: Jordan Gibbons

At last night’s Golden Tap Awards gala at the Boulton Center for the Performing Arts in Bay Shore, Patchogue’s Blue Point Brewing Company won New York State Brewery of the Year, its Toasted Lager won Best Long Island Beer 2011 and its White IPA won Best New Beer 2011.

More than 1,000 Long Island beer enthusiasts participated in the online poll, voting in five categories. The other winners were T.J. Finley’s Public House of Bay Shore (Best Long Island Beer Bar) and BrickHouse Brewery of Patchogue (Best Long Island Brew Pub).

Three additional honors were awarded. Members of the industry voted to name Sean Nolan of the Great South Bay Brewery of Bay Shore as Best Long Island Brewery Sales Rep. Steve Hindy, co-founder and president of Brooklyn Brewery, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award, and Mike Deinhardt, founder of Brewers East End Revival (B.E.E.R.) was recognized with the 2012 Beer Pioneer award.

The Golden Tap Awards gala is just one of dozens of programs and tastings held during Long Island’s second annual Craft Beer Week, an islandwide celebration of local brewing, which started on May 11 and runs through May 18. Click here for a complete list of events.