Farmingdale’s A Taste of Long Island has closed. Father and daughter Jim Thompson and Courtney Citko opened the Main Street storefront in July 2012 with two intertwined missions: establish a licensed commercial kitchen for fledgling food companies to rent, and provide a retail market to sell the goods made there.
After about two years of selling mostly baked goods, snacks foods and preserves, Thompson installed beer-making equipment in the kitchen. Not only did he brew his own, but he began renting the facilities to local beer enthusiasts looking to make the leap from home brewer to commercial microbrewery. Gradually the store evolved into more of a beer-tasting room than a food market, adding “The Craft Microbrewhouse” alongside the original name.
One of those microbreweries, Lithology, has taken over the lease. Kevin Cain, one of the brewery’s four partners, said that they would be continuing the “tenant-brewery” operation in the back of the store, but will transform the front of the store into a proper tasting room. He is hoping to open by June.