Amanda Danielsen says she's "totally geekified" over craft beer.
And she's betting lots more people are as well as Hoptron Brewtique, co-owned by Danielsen and Sue Elizabeth, is set to open its doors in Patchogue Village on Friday.
Hoptron, located at 22 W. Main Street, is mainly a craft beer growler shop, although patrons can also sip pints from 16 different taps, nine of which will be dedicated to local Long Island brews.
Hoptron is not a brewery, however.
"There are some absolutely fantastic brewers out here that do a great job," Danielsen said. "They know exactly what they are doing. I know how to drink it and they know how to make it. There's no reason to reinvent the wheel on my part."
Hoptron is also not something else.
"We are not a bar. We don't claim to be," Danielsen said. "There are some fantastic bars right on Main Street and we just want to add to it. We are not trying to take away."
The brewtique will have a section up front where equipment and supplies for home brewing kits will be sold. In the new year, many of Hoptron's educational classes–from beer and cheese to Home Brew 101–will begin.
"We wanted the store to be such an educational thing so we get people who don't know that they like good beer to like good beer," Danielsen said.
Danielsen, 35, and Elizabeth both live in Miller Place, but locating Hoptron in Patchogue Village was an easy choice.
"We absolutely loved it," said Danielsen of Patchogue when her title insurance company, Zenith Abstract, moved to town four and a half years ago, "and as soon as we came up with the idea to have this growler shop, we figured there was pretty much no better place to have it than in Patchogue."
The fact that Hoptron is owned by two woman is something Danielsen takes pride in.
"It seems like craft beer is totally big with white guys between 21 and 35, but it hasn't been that big with different segments of society and one of them is women and that's such a shame," she said, "because they are so many different flavors of beer that once you get that key to whatever that person likes, they understand that beer is not just Budweiser in a can on a hot day at a ballgame."
With the grand opening just a day away, Danielsen joked that she is "borderline nauseous" as there's been considerable buzz surrounding the opening, but she's certainly confident craft beer lovers will be impressed.
"I think that there's a total want of let me hang out and let me enjoy beer in a completely different experience than what I'm used to and I think that that's been great," she said.
The grand opening Friday, which will feature a special beer on cask from Blue Point Brewery, is from noon- 11 p.m. The regular hours will be Friday-Saturday, noon- 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon- 8 p.m.; Monday, closed; Tuesday-Thursday, 2-10 p.m.