Oyster Bay Brewing Company Releases Barn Rocker, The Official Beer of the New York Islanders


To commemorate the New York Islanders last season at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, aka the “Old Barn,” Oyster Bay Brewing Company is releasing Barn Rocker, a “session ale.” The beer is already on tap in the Oyster Bay tasting room and will be debuting at the Coliseum Friday 1/16 for the game vs. the hated Pittsburgh Penguins. In case any Islander fan is looking for yet another excuse to drink during a Penguins game, here it is.


Owner and brewer Gabe Haim calls the beer “crafty” and says, “We tried to make a beer that the Budweiser crowd could drink and craft beer people would appreciate also.” Coming in at 4% ABV, he describes it at as a flavorful, easy to drink crisp ale. For those who skew more towards the “craft beer people” end of the spectrum, it was brewed with a British malt profile, fuggle hops and Oyster Bay Brewing Company’s house yeast.

Haim has been an Islander fan all his life and knows people within the organization. After speaking to the Islanders marketing department, who loved the idea and named the brew, the collaboration came together and the beer is now ready for ice time. They also will have occasional Islander game viewings at the brewery, starting 1/13 vs. the Rangers, at the suggestion of possible attendee and Islander alum Rick DiPietro.

We are going the game on Friday to try the beer (and of course cheer on the Islanders) and will report back to let you know where in the coliseum Barn Rocker can be found on tap. We will also be updating our Craft Beer at Nassau Coliseum post so you can plan your beer consumption when attending a game accordingly. Here’s hoping the Isles rock the Penguins while we taste this local brew.


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