first_imgWhen it comes to “hoppenings,” the North Fork has its share of gold on tap. If you’re looking to kick the keg and raise a pint with some friends, we’ve got the skinny.Greenport Harbor Brewing Company is tapping into the season with some fresh releases at its Peconic location, located on 42155 Main Road. These include Tidal Vienna Lager, Otherside India Pale Ale, Harbor Pale Ale, Black Duck Porter, Velvet Sea New York Ale, Light Work Hoppy Anytime Ale, Little Park IPA, 1927 Pilsner, Rattle N Him India Pale Lager, Stonefruit Parfait IPA with Peach Apricot & Lactose, UnRested Imperial Stout, Kettle Cookies Brown Ale with Almonds, Maple Syrup & Milk Sugar, Far Out There 2019 Hopped Up IPA Series, and Naturally Juiced Unfiltered Pale Ale.Try any of those brews while listening to live music. The lineup reads Bob Blatchley Trio on Friday, April 12; Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks on Saturday, April 13; Zanti Misfits on Sunday, April 14; Local Motion and Quaddra Love on Saturday, April 20; and concluding the month of April will be Route 48 on Saturday, April 27. Looking for something different? Every Thursday at 5:30 PM, join Slapshot Trivia. It’s free to play and teams of six or less can win a $50 gift card.Home to the Fresh Hop Festival each Fall, Jamesport Farm Brewery at 5873 Sound Avenue is proving to be the place to be. In addition to hosting Pints, Flights, & Trivia Nights every Friday at 6:30 PM, it’s welcoming back the Brewery Comedy Tour on Wednesday, April 17, for a barrel of laughs.Tasting room selections read Barn Swallow Brown, Brown Ale – American; Gentleman Joe, Porter – American; Hay Baler, Pale Ale –American; Le Lecha De Madre, Stout – Milk/Sweet; Penalty Box, IPA – American; Rows & Hoes, IPA –American; Prancing Pony, Fruit Beer; The Lightest Beer We Have, Lager – American Lager; Waves of Grain Amber, Red Ale – American Amber/Red; Weekend At Bernie’s, Blonde Ale. It also carries hard ciders such as American Pie, an herbed/spiced/hopped taste; Not Far From the Tree, a sweet option; and Wild Thing, incorporating other fruit flavors.Riverhead is where both the forks meet, and accommodates the dual communities with several brewery options to choose from.Moustache Brewing Company at 400 Hallett Avenue in Riverhead has on tap Everyman’s Porter; Blueberry + Ginger Tripel, a Belgian Tripel; Empower Indian Pale Ale – American ; Lawn, Lager – American Light; Scorpion Drawer IPA – Imperial/Double; Milk + Honey, Brown Ale – American; Procrastinator (pints only), Bock –Doppelbock; Nine Pin NY Dry Hopped Cider; and Nine Pin Signature Cider.Thursday, April 18, kick off the Moustache’s Fifth Birthday Weekend. Beginning at 7 PM that night Moustache is hosting “The Nature Talks: Quan-What? A Small, Forgotten Bay on Eastern Long Island.” The talks are co-produced by Christopher Paparo of Fish Guy Photos. Mattitaco will be serving some delicious tacos. Friday afternoon, April 19, Pizza Rita will pair good beer with wood-fired oven pizza.Head to North Fork Brewing Company – yes, it’s in Riverhead at 24 East 2nd Street. There’s plenty to fill your pint glasses and growlers with. Sandpaper Handshake, Bock – Single/Traditional; Pierce the Ale, IPA – American; Hop Contagion, IPA –Imperial / Double; Run the Juice, IPA – New England; Sticky Bandit, IPA – New England; Iron Pier, Porter – American; Lack To the Bacto, Sour – Ale; Bill’s Hyper Local Forecast, Winter – Warmer; Hold Me Closer Tiny Lager, Pilsner – German; Between the Bourbon And We, Saison – Farmhouse Ale; Gaffer’s Hearth, Stout – Coffee.Sometimes it’s hard to choose just one brewery to try. Brew Crew Cycles takes you on a truly interactive experience to two or three breweries in downtown Riverhead. Having just launched on Friday, April 6, it’s a great way to leave the keys behind and change up the experience. Called “Long Island’s only party bike and beer experience,” you can find out more on is the first article in a series on local breweries. Stay tuned to future issues of The Independent for [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgFanie Brits of Bellville and Claire Müller of Wynberg were the two winners in our water-wise competition. Ms Müller and Mr Brits, each won R500 Stodels vouchers in the competition featured in the Cape Community Newspapers, which publishes Athlone News, alongside articles about water-wise gardening. We received 63 entries from across the peninsula, showing that Capetonians are committed to saving water at all times.In his entry, Mr Brits said they had installed 5 000-litre and 2 000-litre water tanks to harvest rainwater. The smaller one is undercover, with a filter to keep the water from the roof, going into the tank, clean.“My wife uses this tank water to do her washing and only uses tap water for the rinsing cycle. “All the water used for the washing of clothes, is re-used in the garden.“When we shower, we stand in a tub, and all that water is also used in the garden. We do not (use the) bath at all,” Mr Brits said in his entry.He said they have three toilets and have placed a brick in each of the cisterns to limit the water used for flushing.“We have paved most of the front garden and sidewalk, and use the water from the washing machine to water palms, cycads, roses and a lemon tree in the front garden. Half of our back yard is also paved, with only a small patch of grass, and cycads and palms are planted in beds. We have two areas for growing veggies, some of the produce already being harvested and frozen for winter.“The veggie garden is also watered with tank water, and water from the shower,” said Mr Brits.“Our paving areas are swept, not hosed down. Our water consumption is not more than six kilolitres in winter and slightly more in summer. Mr Stodel’s tips are appreciated, and implemented, thank you,” he said.Ms Müller said that she was a very new gardener. “I only decided to start gardening in October last year, and since then it has been something that I cannot believe I have never considered before,” she said in her competition entry. “It was rather bad timing as shortly thereafter the water restrictions were announced. I prepared as much as I could beforehand by ensuring that 80 percent of the plants that I purchased would be water-wise,” said Ms Müller. “I do have a lawn in the front garden and that is something that always suffers during extreme heat. I am fortunate enough to work at a very large company where we have a coffee bar.“While researching the different ways to ensure the best natural remedies for grass, I found out that coffee granules are high in nitrogen and great for lawns and selected other plants. Once a week, the coffee barristers fill up my five-litre bucket full of nitrogen-rich coffee granules and I use that on the lawn to keep it green. That still left me with a problem as to water, since I only have potable water on my property, I bought a 50-litre bin and my father attached a tap to it and drilled a hole in the lid. Every time we use the washing machine, we feed the pipe through the hole and in doing so re-use 50 litres of grey water for the grass and plants.“I often get asked how I get the grass to stay so green and now you have the secret,” said Ms Müller.last_img read more

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first_imgSoccer Papua New Guinea is among Fiji, Vanuatu and Tonga who are pooled in Group B to battle for a place in the OFC Men’s Olympic Qualifier 2019 tournament from September 21 to October 5. The event will be hosted in Fiji by the Fiji Football Association. Oceania Football Confederation competitions director Christ Kemp (pictured) was assisted by Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel during the draw for the tournament this year. Fiji will be joined by seven other member associations with the winner securing the rights to represent OFC at the Men’s Olympic tournament at the Tokyo Games in 2020. Group A will see top seed New Zealand face fourth ranked Solomon Islands as well as Pacific cousins American Samoa and Samoa. Kemp is confident the tournament will be a success both on and off the field. “We have no doubt Fiji will be a fantastic host and the participating teams as well as the fans will all contribute to delivering a competitive and exciting tournament,” Kemp said. “The stakes are very high as qualification for a global sporting event such as the Olympics is a major prize. We expect all the participating teams to prepare and perform to their best ability and we also anticipate plenty of interest both in Fiji as well as across the entire region.” Patel shared these sentiments and can’t wait to welcome the competing teams in Fiji. “We are very excited and looking forward to putting on a great tournament,” Patel said. “Following our national team’s fantastic experience representing Oceania at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil it was important for us to bid for the hosting rights of this qualifying tournament. “Fiji are in a very tough group and it won’t be easy but we are confident our team will do well, the fans are excited and we hope for a closely qualifying event.” OFC MEN’S OLYMPIC TOURNAMENT 2019 September 21 to October 5 (Hosts Fiji) GROUP A New Zealand Solomon Islands American Samoa Samoa GROUP B Fiji Vanuatu Papua New Guinea Tongalast_img read more

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first_imgBy Mitch PhillipsRory McIlroy’s defence of golf’s Open Championship has been thrown into doubt after he said on Monday that he had ruptured ankle ligaments in a friendly football match with his friends.“Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout,” McIlroy wrote on his Instagram account.“Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment plan day by day. Rehab already started…working hard to get back as soon as I can,” he said, alongside a photograph showing his left ankle in a heavy bandage and brace.McIlory’s showdown with double major winner Jordan Spieth was expected to be the highlight of the Open, which takes place at St Andrews on July 16-19.last_img read more

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