Very small batches of beer craft-brewed in Centerport, Long Island, New York
How small is a very small brewery?
Established in 2008 while brewing ten-gallon batches, Blind Bat expanded in 2010 - upgrading from a 1/3-barrel system (10 gallon batches) to a 3-barrel system (93 gallon batches).
It’s pretty much been a part-time one-man operation while I continue to hold down a "regular" job during the week. Beer does not flow as regularly as it does with a normal full-time brewery.
2013 will be the last year that Blind Bat will be operating as a nanobrewery. Watch for news of expansion to a full-time, larger facility. The brewery will also be moving from Centerport, migrating south to to Farmingdale.
All of the graphics and labels are designed by me as well, so if you don't like the beer or the label, I'm to blame for both (and that goes for this website, too).
Besides, "What kind of nut tries to start such a small brewery?"
the #1 question so far has been "Why is it called the 'Blind Bat Brewery?'"
Back during Prohibition, speakeasies were often called "Blind Pigs" or "Blind Tigers." I almost named the brewery "Blind Tiger" (even drew up a logo), but found that the name was already taken.
I happen to be extremely near sighted (without corrective lenses, something will have to be three inches away from my nose to be in focus) as well as colorblind (which can be a challenge to a cartoonist and illustrator)1, so the name became the "Blind Bat Brewery" instead.
Also, if I'm wearing glasses instead of contacts, the brew kettle steams my glasses so much that I can't see.
As my Polish, Irish, German, and French forebears would say,
"Na zdrowie, Sláinte, Prost, and À votre santé !"
The Blind Bat Brewery LLC
The Long Island Craft Brewers Guild
Last Updated: 16 February 2013