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Pumpkin Ale in August

Friday, August 16, 2013

Yesterday I had jury duty out in Riverhead (the County Seat of Suffolk), and took the opportunity to stop by to see my friends at Long Ireland Brewery (817 Pulaski Road, Riverhead). Chatted a bit with Dan while he worked the bottling line, and as I was about to leave he generously offered me a six-pack of what he was bottling: Long Ireland Pumpkin Ale.

Fridays are typically my scheduled day off from my day job so I can take care of Blind Bat Brewery business, and today my wife and I split a bottle of the Long Ireland Pumpkin Ale with lunch while I was between bottling and smoking duties. (Smoking wheat for the next batch of Vlad the Inhaler.)

I like to tweet out when I am enjoying beer from other breweries, and a twitter response from Niko Krommydas (Super Neat Beer Adventure, Yes!! ) asked my thoughts.

So, here they are...

We found the Long Ireland Pumpkin Ale to be how we remembered it from last year: One of the better pumpkin ales that either of us have ever had, very balanced, not overly-spiced.

As far as having it in August:
Today happened to feel quite a bit like September, so it went well with our backyard lunch (eggplant sandwiches on Regina’s freshly-baked Rosemary & Olive Oil hearth bread).

Thoughts about Pumpkin Ales in August:
Yes, sooner than the seasonal style would seem to call for, but I understand the pressure for many breweries to get such beers out earlier in order to secure precious shelf space. A lot of retailers make deals earlier and earlier, and it become a bit of a chicken-and-egg thing. Sam Adams, for example, has their summer offerings out in March! And so on. There are already a number of pumpkin ales out on retailer shelves as of today, August 16th.

Since I currently sell most of my beer at Farmers’ Markets, Blind Bat doesn’t have the retailer shelf-space pressure that other breweries have. I won’t be putting out a pumpkin ale, but my Sweet Potato Saison will be an autumn offering.


Long Ireland Pumpkin Ale Bottlr

Long Island Craft Beer Week (2012)

Monday, May 14, 2012

So, the Long Ireland + Blind Bat Spring 2012 Collaboration Saison has been dubbed the official beer of Long Island Craft Beer Week!

The lion’s share of this one-time brew has been hitting local beer stores in 750 ML bottles, but four casks were also filled for a “SimulCask” tapping at four locations -- and that will be happening tonight at 8:00 PM.

I’ll be at The Cortland for this, but a representative from Long Ireland will be at each of the four locations:

*The Cortland, 27 West Main Street, Bay Shore
* The Black Sheep Ale House, 78 2nd ST., Mineola
* Tap and Barrel, 550-8 Smithtown Bypass, Smithtown
* Corrys Alehouse, 3274 Rairoad Ave, Wantagh

If you are at The Cortland tonight, say hello!

Tomorrow night (Tuesday the 15th) I’ll be at The Black Sheep Ale House while Hellsmoke Porter and Eye Chart Ale are on tap. A test batch of Eye Chart was poured last year at the North Fork Craft Beer Festival, this will be the debut of a tweaked recipe - it’s now an Imperial E.S.B, 7.5% ABV. So beware!

Collaboration Saison

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Happy Earth Day, Earthlings!

Was out and about on Long Island’s North Fork running various errands yesterday, and stopped in at
Long Ireland Brewery to say hi and check in on the Saison we brewed together a few weeks ago. Got to have a sip via the sample port, it is coming along very nicely. Looking forward to getting it bottled up and carbonated, the majority of the release will likely be cork-and-caged 750 ML bottles. Expected to be out in time for Long Island Craft Beer Week, our label is below:

Long Ireland + Blind Bat Saison Label image

Back to Blind Bat Brewery’s planned expansion, a building in Bohemia (below) is still beckoning. I’m hoping to have details and investment funding worked out in the near future. There is a bit to be worked out still, but it is looking promising. Looking forward to bigger capacity and brewing more beer.

Finally, our new T-shirts and glasses are in. We sought out shirts made in the USA, sweat-shop free. The glasses, while Belgian style, are also made in the USA. Now available in our new online store, but these will also be available in person when we are back in the Farmers’ Markets (and also when we are in our new space --- which will have a tasting room / retail space).

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