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Barrage Brewing: Doors Successfully Kicked (Almost) Open!

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Way to go, Long Island! Once again you have supported a local member of the craft beer community in the form of a Kickstarter campaign, and once again they have met and surpassed the target. Earlier today, with 8 hours to spare, Barrage Brewing met their Kickstarter goal of $18,000. This money will be used towards mandatory sewer system work, which is the final step before the brewery can open its doors. Very soon we will have yet another brewery here on Long Island (in Farmingdale, to be exact) thanks in part to the support of the community. To say Steve Pominski, owner of Barrage Brewing, is excited and grateful would likely be an understatement. We will leave you with his Facebook status moments after the $18,000 milestone was reached: keep reading...

Written by A+K

August 21st, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Condzella Hops: “Beer Loves Company + Hops” is Here!

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After a long journey overseas from Germany to New York,  Beer Loves Company + Hops (formerly known as the Wolf WHE 140 Hopfen Pflückmaschine harverster) has finally arrived at its new home: Condzella Hops. As a result of their successful Kickstarter campaign, Condzella Hops was able to bring this machine to Long Island in order to more efficiently harvest their hop crop and start to re-spark the growth of the “New York Hop“. Though this was obviously an exciting arrival, it did not come without its share of work to do. Since the machine is so large it was unable to be shipped in one piece, though John Condzella chose an open air container for shipping so the harvester would not have to be cut in half. Instead, it arrived with a myriad of extra pieces, chains and belts that all need to be reassembled. With a little help from some friends, John has been working diligently on the harvester and it is almost ready to make its debut. Hops have a very short window in which they can be harvested, and that time is rapidly approaching. John estimates that the machine will be ready for action this weekend and the hop harvest will begin next week. We will be there for the inaugural harvest (and hope to bring some hops home for a fresh hop brew day), so look for more coming soon! Also, be sure to visit Condzella Hops and Beer Loves Company at the North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine Festival at Martha Clara Vineyards this Saturday! keep reading...

Written by A+K

August 7th, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Barrage Brewing Company Kickstarter – Let’s Kick Those Doors Open!!!

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BARRAGE BREWING COMPANY NEEDS YOUR HELP TO OPEN. IF YOU WANT MORE LOCAL CRAFT BEER HEAD OVER TO KICKSTARTER AND DONATE. ONLY 20 DAYS LEFT!

But first here is a little background. As you can see from the above photo, Barrage Brewing Company is ready to start brewing. Unfortunately they have run into a crappy situation thanks to the Suffolk County Sewer District. The SCSD wants Steve Pominski (owner of BBC) to do a fair amount of work at his brewery located in Farmingdale, New York. This came as a bit of a shock because everything seemed to be kosher with all of the building permits up until the moment the SCSD stepped up to the plate. The town had no issues with the brewery or the beer that would be produced there and did not mandate any upgrades or changes to the location. To run the burners a gas line was needed but there was no issue in obtaining the line (although it was delayed several months due to hurricane Sandy). All seemed to be going fairly well, things were moving forward nicely while Barrage Brewing Company waited for it’s license to come in from New York State so they could be a full fledged brewery crafting beer for a thirsty public. Ah the halcyon days right? keep reading...

Written by A+K

August 1st, 2013 at 11:31 am

FREE Extract Brewing Class Sunday May 19th at The Lark by Karp’s Hardware & Homebrew (2013)

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Free homebrewing class you say? Why yes, yes we do (technically there is a $10 dollar donation involved but that goes to The League for Animal Protection of Huntington). The class is this Sunday May 19th at The Lark Pub & Grub in East Northport, New York and will be run by Alan Talman of Karp’s Hardware and Homebrew. This class is a great chance for beginner to intermediate brewers to learn more or for those with an interest in homebrewing to get their foot in the door.

This event is part of both Long Island Craft Beer Week and the larger American Craft Beer Week celebrations. We can’t think of a better way to close out the boozy festivities than with a class to teach you how to brew your own. The event is hosted by Tim Kelly and the rest of the crew over at the Lark and they will offer Long Island beers they have on tap at a discounted price (keep it local). keep reading...

Crafting a Beer: Execution – Fünke a Mint Blueberry Kölsch (2013)

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About a week after our careful recipe planning (which you should read about by clicking here), it was time to brew our Fünke a Mint Blueberry Kölsch. Well, technically we would just be brewing a kölsch base beer at this point. Quickly, for those who do not know, a kölsch is a traditional style of German beer originating in Cologne. It is brewed with an ale yeast but is lagered for a time linking it with some other central Northern European beers such as altbier. Our mint and blueberry additions won’t be mixed with the beer until it is time to put the brew into the cask. The kölsch recipe we came up with was a hybrid culled from various influences one being Brewing Classic Styles (which is a book all aspiring home brewers should pick up). With this beer we would have one foot (ok, maybe a few toes) in tradition and the other deeply in experimentation, new ideas and thirsty optimism. Using Brewing Classic Styles and it’s theories on brewing a kölsch as well as Bobby’s vast experience in brewing to style we would have a solid foundation upon which to paint with our flavor palette. keep reading...