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Vlad in Draft Magazine

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Good News / Bad News:

Vlad the Inhaler is on page 14 of the latest issue of Draft Magazine! Hey Hey!

But, they call a Polish style Grodziskie by the German name Gratzer (Grrrr!), and refer to a city that does not exist: “Gratz, Poland."

Gratz was the name the Germans gave to the town after they conquered it for a while. (((GRRRRR!!!!!)))

You can bet your dupah that it is Grodzisk, Poland (or Polska, if you want to be even more accurate)

But, I am still very grateful for the national press this little part-time nano has gotten. Am still working on the expansion plans -- check back for news about that!

Magazine Page with Vlad the Inhaler and other Smoked Beers

Picture of magazine page

Rolling Out Vlad

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Have been getting Vlad the Inhaler into bottles and rolling out to a number of outlets. So far, Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, Hoptron Brewtique in Patchogue, and Dave’s Bellport Cold Beer & Soda -- MORE to come...

You DON'T want this beer - unless you like an oak-smoked wheat beer that tastes like kielbasa and sauerkraut.
Vlad the Inhaler beer label

Location, Location, Location - and Polish Wikipedia?

Monday, December 31, 2012

As 2012 draws to a close, Blind Bat is closing in on a new location. Nothing is set in stone, but it is looking more likely that the expanded full-time Blind Bat Brewery (vs the part-time nano version established in 2008) may well be in Farmingdale.

I’m also finalizing the new equipment, I have some customization in mind. More about that when the time comes.

Have been bottling up some Vlad the Inhaler while also tweaking a Sweet Potato Saison. Will send out word when either are available.

While the
Huntington Indoor Winter Market still won’t allow beer, Regina has continued to incorporate some of my spent grains in her Country White Brewers’ Bread that she sells at that market on Sundays (bread baked that morning).

Regarding the Vlad the Inhaler, some googling around led me to a Polish Wikipedia page about the Grodziskie style, which happens to mention Blind Bat Brewery and Vlad the Inhaler. That made my week for sure!

If interested, see (Dziękuję!)

Here’s to a Happy and Healthy 2013.

Cheers and Na Zdrowie!


Keepin' on Keepin' On

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I’m trying to be better about keeping up with the blog, a few minor updates this time:

Still working on nailing down a new home for the brewery, larger than the current 350 square feet, but still to be a small hands-on operation. Will be bigger for improved efficiency, but will still be local and artisan. We have not given up on our dream of a farm-brewery, but that may have to be further down the road.

A new smoker is on the way, my old not-so-trusty Weston smoker decided to refuse to fire up The manufacturer does not have the needed parts in stock, and a search at local hardware and plumbing supply shops yielded no solutions. That includes even Karp’s in East Northport, which has just about everything. Turns out the manufacturer uses a very odd sized set of connections, and even they are out of stock for the indefinite future.

The new smoker has a bigger capacity than my old Weston, which I’ll fire up again when I get the parts. I’m looking forward to having both smokers going simultaneously. That will be a big help for all the smoked beers I do, but especially Vlad the Inhaler, which is 100% smoked.

North Fork Craft Beer Festival, Northport Farmers' Market

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Well, I obviously haven’t been keeping up with the old blog. Have been busy working on some new beer recipes, as well as being at the Northport Farmers’ Market on Saturdays. Still working the “regular” day job.

I won’t be at the Farmers’ Market this coming Saturday (August 13th). Instead, I’ll be bringing the following beers to the North Fork Craft Beer Festival:
  • Hell Gate Golden Ale
  • Honey & Basil Ale
  • Vlad the Inhaler
  • Hellsmoke Porter

Will be returning to the Farmers’ Market the following Saturday (August 20th), and should be bringing 16.9 ounce bottles again along with 32 ounce growlers.

Honey-Basil Ale at Luce & Hawkins

May 17 , 2011

Been away from the old Brewhouse Blog for awhile, been keeping busy at the smoker and in the brewhouse getting ready for Long Island Craft Beer Week.

On Monday, May 23rd, James Beard Award winning Chef
Keith Luce will be preparing a three-course dinner pairing with five of my beers:

- Honey-Basil Ale
- Vlad the Inhaler
- Hell Gate Golden Ale
- Hellsmoke Porter
- Long Island Potato Stout

All but one of the above beers will also be on tap for Long Island Craft Beer Week at The Cortland in Bay Shore on Friday May 20th. The Honey-Basil Ale will only available at the beer dinner at Luce & Hawkins in Jamesport on Monday May 23rd (7 PM).  Part of my farm-and-garden series of beers using local, seasonal ingredients. In this case, the honey is from Huntington's High Meadow Farm. Honey-gold in color, approach-ably tea-like and dry. Starts with a sweep of nectar with floral undertones,  and finishes with some Fuggle hop bitterness. The basil lends some astringency. A very sessional 3.8% ABV.

Seating is limited, a few tickets are left (going, going...). This is the first of a series of local wine/beer dinners being created by Lenn Thompson. For more information and ticket information see Lenn’s
New York Cork Report or contact him at

Sundry Sunday Sundry Sunday

March 20, 2011

A fresh batch of Hellsmoke Porter is in Fermenter No. 2. Brewed last Sunday, some of it will be on Cask at Blue Point Brewing Company’s 7th Annual Cask Ales Festival on April 9th.

Hell Gate Golden Ale made its debut at The Cortland in Bay Shore the week before last, it’s back at The Cortland, as well as Bistro 25 in Sayville and Luce & Hawkins in Jamesport. I’m working on it to more locations soon.

I’m working on getting Long Island Potato Stout into bottles and kegs to various locations.

Will be working on more batches of the Hellsmoke and Hell Gate as well as a few other things -- including getting a big (for me, 93 gallons vs 10) of Vlad the Inhaler out this Spring. It should be on rotation through the Summer.

Catching Up

March 5, 2011

Haven’t blogged in a while, here’s what’s been happening lately...

(1) A few words about my bottles
I’m now force-carbonating before bottling most of my beers, rather than carbonating in the bottle. A few bottles got out that were not as carbonated as they should have been -- I’ll work on getting that right for any beers that need in-bottle carbonation. Apologies to anyone who purchased any that weren’t right, please do let me know.

Have switched from the old 22-ounce (“bomber”) bottles to 16-ounce bottles from Quebec. Well, at least I thought they were 16-ounce bottles when I bought them. Turns out they are 16.9 ounces -- but I’ve been filling them to 16-ounce levels, which is 3 inches from the top of the bottle. So if you got one and think it’s short, it’s really 16 ounces. I’m starting to fill the bottles to 16.9 ounces since it otherwise looks short.

(2) Smoking again
Have been smoking malt a few mornings this week (before heading off to work at the “day job”). Will be smoking more today to have enough ready to brew another batch of Hellsmoke Porter.

(3) What’s heading out the door
Hellsmoke Porter and Long Island Potato Stout in the above-mentioned 16-ounce bottles.

Will be getting more Long Island Potato Stout out soon, need to clean more kegs first.

A bit of the Hell Gate Golden Ale will be heading out this coming week, word on where and when will be posted on the Facebook page as well as here.

(4) What’s next
Will be brewing up more of the mild-mannered ale for the Blue Point Cask Festival, depending on feedback it may become a Spring/Summer seasonal. Also for Summer, will be bringing back my old homebrew Harborfields HefeWeizen. And will also be smoking up lots of wheat this Spring and Summer for Vlad the Inhaler.

What's What

Monday, October 25, 2010

Kegs and bottles of Hellsmoke Porter are conditioning and carbonating. Vlad the Inhaler is just in bottles at this point, those are also conditioning.

Test batches of Long Island Potato Stout and Hellgate Golden Ale are fermenting away, as is another 3-BBL batch of Hellsmoke Porter.
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