88 LONGISLANDPRESS.COM • DECEMBER 2019
NOBLE SAVAGE BREWING
FEROCIOUSLY GOOD BREWS
BY BERNIE KILKELLY
Noble Savage Brewing opened in the
heart of downtown Glen Cove this
summer and quickly gained a following
for its distinctive beers and cozy
Owner and brewmaster Frank Bilello
began the search for a location for
his new brewery in 2016 and quickly
focused on Glen Cove, where Garvies
Point Craft Brewery opened a year
“I think is was serendipitous,” says
Bilello. “We found a great spot in
a city that is business friendly and
was going through tremendous
Bilello, who was born in Glen Cove
and now lives in Sea Cliff, caught
the brewing bug as a homebrewer
and then honed his craft working at
Oyster Bay Brewing for a year. After
finding the location for his brewery,
he spent almost two years renovating
the 2,700-square-foot building with
the help of grants from the City of
Glen Cove, National Grid, and PSEG
“Without the grants I received, I
wouldn’t have been able to get everything
done,” says Bilello, who gutted
the century-old building where he
built a 2-barrel brewing system and
rustic taproom featuring a long bar
accented by handmade barstools.
Noble Savage is licensed as a New
York State farm brewery and sources
many ingredients from the Hudson
“We work with Hudson Valley Malt
in Germantown, which is the closest
provider and gives us the freshest
malt we can use,” says Bilello. He also
uses hops from Germantown Beer
Farm, including Cascade hops that are
the only hops used in his Amber Ale.
Bilello’s beers at Noble Savage run
the gamut from light lagers to hoppy
pale ales to hearty brown ales and
stouts. One of his experiments was
Kveik Pale Ale, named for a slang
Norwegian word for yeast, a nonpurified
yeast used in traditional
Norwegian farmhouse brewing.
Another creation was Bomb Johnson,
a dry-hopped New England-style
hazy IPA. Bilello has also used ingredients
from local businesses in
his brews, including brownies from
Pudgy Owl Bake Shop in his Fudge
Yeah Glen St. Stout.
Noble Savage’s taproom, which was
initially open Thursday to Sunday,
recently added Wednesday nights in
addition to happy hour specials.
Downtown Glen Cove is poised
to become Long Island’s next hot
Glen Cove Mayor Timothy Tenke
and Noble Savage Brewing
Company owner Frank Bilello.
restaurant and nightlife destination
and Bilello is happy to be there, saying,
“We got in at a good time.”
Noble Savage Brewing Co. is located
at 27 Glen Street in Glen Cove. For
more information visit www.noblesavagebrews.
Bernie Kilkelly is the editor and publisher
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