As of 8 a.m. this morning, Lauri and Matt Spitz were $4,185  from — they hope — eventually quitting their day jobs to follow their hearts to craft brewing.

The Central Islip couple hopes to launch Long Island’s newest craft brewery, Moustache Brewing Co., soon and they are using Kickstarter, a website that allows micro-investors to “fund and follow creativity” to raise the capital needed to get started.

They have until midnight on May 23 to raise $25,000 via the website, or they don’t get anything.

New breweries are popping up all over Long Island. It’s a fun time to be a local and craft beer lover, but what will Matt and Lauri bring to the community that isn’t being done already?


People should donate if they want to support small, local, craft business. If they want to help the little guy out.”


Although they are all for converting macrobrew drinkers to craft beer, saying “the more the merrier” Matt describes their plans this way “We’re going to focus on making beer for craft beer drinkers. We’re also going to try to put out a new beer every other month or so. If it sticks, we’ll brew it again. If not, it was a cool one-off.”

Moustache Brewing Co.’s beers promise to be extremely diverse. Matt enjoys brewing hop-forward pale ales and IPAs and tells me that “I also enjoy doing British styles with an American spin.” He describes their ESB as “a pure british base but with American citrusy finishing hops.”

Lauri’s tastes lean heavily in the extreme opposite direction. “I really enjoy brewing big porters and stouts,” she says, adding “There is nothing more exciting than a  nice thick beer suitable for aging and maturing. I love coffee and very dark chocolate. Using black and chocolate malts to add these flavors to a beer, combining three things I enjoy (coffee, chocolate, beer) is great.”

Moustache Brewing Co. American Pale Ale and Porter (Photo credits: Rachel Travers)

On the surface, Kickstarter might make this endeavor seem like a charity — but it’s not.

“We’re trying (to make it) like a community. Giving people a chance to be a part of their local scene, or the American craft beer scene,” says Matt.  “We have a lot of friends and family who wanted to contribute monetarily, but couldn’t at the investor level. This is a chance for them (and strangers) to help us out. People should donate if they want to support small, local, craft business. If they want to help the little guy out.”

Want to help them out and become a direct part of the Long Island craft beer renaissance? Help them reach their goals, and get some cool gifts.