Hoptron Brewtique hit the scene in 2012 and quickly became a go-to spot for craft beer lovers across Long Island, even Brooklyn and Queens.
Five months later, they added a Hoptron Running Club, whose members have since swelled to around 35 people that gather each Tuesday to run a 5K and tip some fine brew.
Hoptron’s ownership, regulars and Running Club members gathered Sunday for a bittersweet afternoon at the craft beer bar in Patchogue.
It was the last day for beloved owner Amanda Danielsen, who announced on Facebook last week that she and her partner had sold the business. (Scroll down for full Facebook announcement.)
Danielsen was mum Sunday about the new owners and their plans for the business, though she did want to thank the community for the seven years of support.
Longtime Running Club member and Hoptron superfan Robyn McGee of Patchogue was among the faithful there Sunday.
She joined the running club in October 2015.
“We all wanted to be here today for Amanda’s last day at the helm,” McGee said. “We were here when she opened [at noon], and some of us might be here when she leaves tonight.
“She brought something to Patchogue that was lacking.”
McGee and the runners and other customers couldn’t say enough about the mostly female staff.
“It’s not just a Patchogue staple, it’s women and beer,” McGee said. “If you’re a woman who loves beer you want to come to Hoptron, where women who love beer built something special.”
Hoptron Running Club members said they’d continue showing up on Tuesdays at Hoptron to run their weekly 5K’s until further notice.
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So this is a painful post to write: Su and I are leaving Hoptron and handing the baton to a team that will run things as well or better than we could. Unfortunately we have some personal issues that can’t be ignored, and of course the hours involved in owning and running a bar are not optimal.
That being said! We put our heart, soul, and liver into this place and we wouldn’t have done anything different. We tried to run a good ship, we tried to make a place that was as open and fun, we tried to do what we thought was the right way to do things. And we had a heck of a time doing it!
This week will be our last one so come by to say goodbye and party with us for the last time.
We cannot say enough about the incredible customers that have made us who we are, the fantastic friends we’ve made from the great people who make the beer, sell the beer and of course drink the best local beer around. And you know we couldn’t ever have done any of this without the best freaking staff a place has ever had. And don’t fret cause these friendly faces are staying so your beer adventures will stay the same.
There’s a quote that Su always says: Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. True words have not been spoken about our experience here. Love you guys and everything you’ve meant to us.
Peace out!! @ Hoptron Brewtique
Top: Hoptron Running Club members and their families pose for a group photo Sunday. (Credit: Michael White)