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Hoptron Brewtique Grand Opening Friday

Craft beer shop on Main Street set to open its doors to considerable buzz.

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. 

Wayne D. November 29, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Just another place with a fancy name for the drunks to hang out, just what the village needs !!
crankpaul November 29, 2012 at 02:43 PM
The degeneration of Patchogue. I support restaurants, but there's far too many drinking establishments. While being in town from 5 until 7 may be a decent family time, the existence of all the bars has made the nights less than desirable. I'm not talking places like Reese's because that crowd is older and generally more mature, but the newer places are attracting the testosterone fueled crowd and that ain't good.
Joseph Adriano November 29, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Welcome to "Pee-Town," I hope you have enough urinals to satisfy your clientele. People apparently come from all over to urinate in Patchogue. Good luck!
PatchawgFatGuy November 29, 2012 at 04:39 PM
The village collects extra tax for living within Village boundaries, the Village should step-up foot patrols by Village Constables.
Amanda K. Danielsen November 29, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I completely understand the frustration and resentment that comes when certain people abuse the right to come downtown and enjoy the nightlife. Our store, while serving pints, is mainly for sale of off-premises consumption, and our hours are more like a retail store than a bar - we will not be open past 10 on weeknights or past 11 on weekends. While we do not discrimate against the so-called "testosterone fueled crowd" our main purpose is education and, yes, responsible enjoyment of artifully made craft beer. We will do our utmost to always represent Patchogue in the best light, and will of course take up any concerns and comments to make sure that our store and our customers keep Patchogue safe and clean.
LA November 29, 2012 at 05:11 PM
We should be welcoming new businesses in town, not deriding them, and not automatically equating a drink with being drunk in the street.
Fed Up Resident November 29, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Good Luck with the opening, Lets hope for the best,
David Kennedy November 29, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Thanks Amanda! And as a craft beer afficianado myself ( my wife, too...she will be quite pleased a female run business), we have been looking forward for the opening and will stop by tomorrow...can't wait to sign up for one of your classes, too! Cheers!
bob November 29, 2012 at 08:19 PM
CONGRATULATIONS! I am excited to see the opening will finally take place. I have been anxious to sign up for your classes and finally be able to SHOP LOCAL for my brewing supplies. I've been going to Islip for them and its nice to have something here in Patchogue--GOOD LUCK and I will stop by tomorrow to say Hi!
PatchawgFatGuy November 29, 2012 at 09:17 PM
You're going to have brewing classes? Sign me up. I'll come by with my wife this weekend.
Wendy Liu November 29, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Will you b selling gift cards for the holidays? Hubby is gonna b very happy.
Jenn H. November 30, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Will def. be bringing by a couple of growlers to be filled tomorrow night! Congrats and good luck on the opening!
John November 30, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Are you 5!!!!!!!!!!
jets012080 November 30, 2012 at 02:10 PM
you mean the unarmed meter maids that look like cops? so they can sue the village when some drunk thinks there a cop and fights with them? then we can pay for there medical bills for the rest of there lives with our taxes.
Sam Smith November 30, 2012 at 02:30 PM
There are so many complainers on these forums!! Open establishments equal less vacant store fronts and properties which in turn are great for the village and our property values. Please stop complaining it just shows your ignorance!!!
Jonathan November 30, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Really excited for your opening, congratulations!
Ron November 30, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Yes there are problems to be associated with the re-vitalization of Patchogue, growing pains. Patchogue was always a great place with much to offer. With the malls, big box stores and online shopping, it's hard for retail store on Main Streets USA to compete. Entertainment in the forms of restaurants, bars, old fashion candy stores, music venues and such are what will keep villages alive. I for one hope that someone opens a movie theater again. There were 4 and a drive in all with in 5 miles at one time.
Anthony Bracchi November 30, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Good luck Amanda... sounds like it is going to be great place. I will definitely making my way down.
Wayne D. November 30, 2012 at 05:38 PM
They are going to forget about the parking meters and install pay urinals on the light poles, just don't miss your mark !!!
JOSEPH ARABIA November 30, 2012 at 06:38 PM
GOOD LUCK AMANDA & SUE YOU BOTH DID A GREAT JOB ON THE DESIGN, THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE IN PATCHOGUE WHO WELCOME YOUR BUSINESS AND THANK YOU FOR FILLING A VACANT STORE. OUR OTHER PROBLEMS WERE NOT CAUSED BY YOU AND SHOULD NOT BE DIRECTED IN THE SUCCESS OF YOUR BUSINESS. WE WISH YOU WELL!!
Allison Escoto November 30, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Ron, There is a great little movie theater on the first floor of Artspace. Go check it out!
CiCi November 30, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Good Luck and Welcome to Patchogue...Wishing you well with your new endeavor.
PatchogueLifetime December 01, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Don't let the ill-informed, rude rants of a few reactionaries misrepresent how a lot of Patchogueans feel about your arrival in our town. I've lived here my whole life, and while I'll definitely be coming by for craft beer, I'm not a testosterone-filled weirdo. Welcome!
Mark Kessel December 02, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Comparing a well-educated craft brewing advocate with a Jose Cuervo/Coor's Light Nation hooligan is like saying every Harley Davidson owner is a Hell's Angel! Anonymous comments are never taken too seriously.

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