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Staten Island’s Flagship Brewing cheers can-do spirit during coronavirus

Shruti Verma



Staten Island's Flagship Brewing cheers can-do spirit during coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic derailed a lot of small businesses in New York City. But with smart thinking, Gotham-style grit and a devoted customer base, The Flagship Brewing Company on Staten Island has been able to keep the suds flowing.

The Island’s first local brewery in decades, Flagship was founded in 2014 by pals Jay Sykes and Matthew McGinley, who grew up sharing adjacent backyards in the North Shore neighborhood of West Brighton. Father and son craft beer fans Gary and Sam Angiuli joined in as operating partners.

The partners’ love of their home borough is celebrated in brews like their Pizza Rat pilsner — a collaboration with the Staten Island Yankees minor league baseball team, which has played games as the Pizza Rats. There’s been a chocolate stout made with crumb cake from the island’s venerable Holtermann’s Bakery as well as a brand-new hard seltzer line flavored with Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices, another SI staple.

Before COVID-19, the team had been focusing their efforts on draft beer. “Seventy percent of our business was selling kegs to bars and serving draft in our own taproom,” Sykes, 38, told The Post. “Back in March, overnight, that business dried up. We had to close our taproom, and nobody was drinking in bars.”

But just weeks earlier, they had acquired the materials to can their beer in-house for the first time.

Flagship pours a range of homemade brews — and as of this spring, cans them on site.
Flagship pours a range of homemade brews — and as of this spring, cans them on site.Annie Wermiel/NY Post

“We saw the opportunity to produce more cans and ship them into supermarkets and delis. We immediately went to work on that,” Sykes said, adding that they also got a lucky break via a pandemic-driven change in New York booze regulations. “The State Liquor Authority said that we could deliver beer to people’s homes. Our business was impacted negatively, but by operating in a new way, we could stay afloat  and stem the tide.”

The Flagship website was quickly updated to process orders. Faithful customers stepped up to place orders for home delivery and contactless pickup, and the brewery was able to keep going without laying off any of their four full-time brewery employees. They even brought on a four-person part-time canning team. The Paycheck Protection Program helped Flagship cover eight weeks of pay for workers, Sykes estimates, out of the 14 weeks that have elapsed since the coronavirus crisis hit New York.

Plus, customers got to enjoy Flagship under optimal conditions: “We delivered beer that was just five hours old. That is the way any brewer wants his beer to be experienced,” said Sykes, who got a Staten Island ferry tattoo inked onto his forearm as the beer biz was launching.

In fact, the Flagship crew found a silver lining in the coronavirus storm clouds.

“We brought in some new customers,” Sykes said. “People didn’t want to go to supermarkets early on [during lockdown] and they liked the idea that we delivered — we even sold a few small kegs to individuals. Plus, people were spending more time talking to friends and they discussed our product. Some people who drank mass-market beers, like Budweiser and Michelob, wanted to support a local business and gave us a shot. They initially did it out of the goodness of their hearts, liked our beer and became customers.”

Last week, old and new fans had the opportunity to quaff the drafts that made Flagship famous — plus a newly released Belgian mango IPA, just in time for summer. The al fresco taproom offers five picnic tables and a couple of standing barrels for visitors, who can also order fish and chips from O’Henry’s Publick House or ribs via DaddyO’s BBQ & Sports Bar (two neighborhood food spots).

Inside the massive brewery is production equipment as well as the taproom, which feels like a sheltered beer garden with 16 picnic tables. When New York enters Phase 2, the taproom is allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity.

Looking back on the virus and his business’s ability to weather it, Sykes said: “We feel grateful to get up in the morning and do what we love. It’s a testament to the people who stand by us, know who we are and love the quality of what we do.”

Shruti has worked in various news organizations and now aims to make Filmy One, one of the best and fastest growing news websites in the country. She contributes to the general news section of the website.

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Bachelor In Paradise Season 7 : Release,Cast, Host And Much More!!




Bachelor In Paradise Season 7

 Bachelor in Paradise is a reality competition of finding the perfect pair for each other. Bachelor in Paradise was earlier planned to come in early summers of 2020 but due to Corona Virus Pandemic, Everything ruined. The debut has been kept on hold for the time being. Now, We can expect the season of this series inside 2021’s summertime.

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What’s This TV Show About?

An ABC dating reality TV show hosted by Chris Harrison, Bachelor in Paradise brings previous contestants of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette et al, together under one roof, as they try to win a big cash prize.

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Annaliese Puccini, Bibiana Julian, Blake Horstmann, Caelynn Miller-Keyes, Cam Ayala, Chris Bukowski, Clay Harbor, Demi Burnett, Derek Peth, Hannah Godwin, Jane Averbukh, John Paul Jones, Katie Morton, and others.

Bachelor in Paradise Season 7 Release Date

All production houses work has been halted and at stake due to this Corona Virus Issues, So Now with a delayed shooting, it can be expected somewhere around Summers of 2021.

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Who might be the contestants?

There is no information from the team regarding the contestants. But there are many speculations everywhere from the fans of the show. So they speculated Alayah Benavidez, Mykenna Dorn, Victoria Paul, Sydney Hightower, and Kelsey Weier to be there. The fans have made these assumptions from the fact that the makers live to have some drama.

Who is going to be the host of season 7?

Chris Harrison is the ultimate choice of makers on Host talks. So Surely He could be the host and will welcome all bachelors in his unique style. Though he would not be featured much, it’s good to see him welcoming the people, handing out the dating cards, etc. He is, in fact, the person who conducts the various competitions in an amusing way and also motivates them. But Wells Adams can return too.

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The fear of Corona is everywhere. And people are speculating now what will happen if any suitor gets Corona Positive?

According to The Bachelorette spoilers guru Reality Steve, producers have decided to basically bring understudies to La Quinta Resort & Club, a resort located in La Quinta, California.

Their names will not be released ahead of time to the public.

Reality Steve Tweeted this week:

“I’m hearing this season they have way more guys flown out there than will eventually end up on the show, and that’s to have other guys ready to go if any test positive for COVID upon arrival.”

He concluded –

But in typical Bachelor fashion, it’s not like they’re telling any of the ‘extra’ guys they flew out that they’re basically just a standby person.”

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Torrenting is an illegal act! Torrent sites contain pirated content and due to some copyright infringements, the sites got banned within the region by Government ISPs. Torrent sites share some illegal links that lead to copyright issues.

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Is Torrenting via uTorrent -Safe or illegal?

The answer to this question is that Torrent download is not illegal but usually the world of torrents and downloading stuff comes with a backlash. Since it is difficult to determine which torrent files contain copyrighted material and which are not.

So, Governments claimed it to be  “illegal”. Users don’t want to violate copyright laws but they may be stuck into copyright infringements. So they prefer hiding their identities while  Torrenting via  VPNs.

VPN – Is Torrenting Safe via VPN? 

Virtual Private Network works as an interface and encrypts your internet connection and routes it through an intermediary server. There are many VPNs available over the web, Some are free while some are paid. Not all VPNs work efficiently and free VPNs are just useless. So if you really want a safe connection, Prefer a paid VPN. It hides your Online Activities.

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ExpressVPN rotates its servers’ IP addresses regularly so that they can keep your online anonymity and overcome anti-VPN measures at regular intervals. 

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NordVPN is an excellent choice for streaming movies. Its military-grade encryption is a great savior for online streaming.

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It is a great choice if we search for VPNs for 123movies as it offers unlimited bandwidth.

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Disclaimer: We don’t promote or endorse pirated content at any cost. You need to be very careful while accessing such sites. It usually risks your privacy and may lead you to violate copyright terms. A Decent VPN is surely recommended by us for you while torrenting.

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