Huntington’s Young Professionals had some local brews to cheers with during last night’s awards ceremony.
The Huntington-based and soon-to-open Six Harbors Brewing Company created a beer tailored for the 10th annual ceremony, which is hosted by the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce to honor a group of 30 local inspirational professionals each younger than 30, Huntington natives and brewery founders Mark and Karen Heuwetter together with the Young Professionals crafted the “YPA,” which will also be available by can and on-tap when the brewery opens later this spring.
This year’s Young Professionals each had a hand in determining the name of the beer and its unique taste. Each honoree had an opportunity to have a behind the scenes tour of Huntington’s new 2,533-square-foot brewery to better understand how beer is made. The group assisted in the wart transfer to brew their beer, looked inside the kettle, learned how to label beer, and canned their own beer which they were able to take home.
“We are really excited to work with the town and the Huntington Chamber – they’ve been great in supporting us and I think this is the beginning of a really fun partnership,” Mark Heuwetter said. “It was great to bring the Young Professionals in, chat and go through the brewing process.”
Heuwetter added that the Young Professionals will raise money from the beer that will be put towards future projects.
Diane Palma, co-chair of the chamber’s Young Professionals committee, said, “We appreciate Mark and his team for helping us make this anniversary extra special.”
Both the brewery and Young Professionals committee are also collecting canned items as part of the Young Professionals’ “tin” anniversary celebration. Goods can be brought to the chamber at 164 Main St., Huntington or brewery at 243 New York Ave., Huntington through May 22. The donations will go to Long Island Cares - Harry Chapin Food Bank.