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Port Jeff Brewing Company & Bobby Rodriguez Imperial Force Ready to Debut


Humble Cups Holding Blends of Imperial Force

Humble Plastic Cups Holding Blends of Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Force

Edit: To quote Mike Philbrick there was an “operator error” on our original article. Imperial Force will be released on draught December 26 at 7 pm at the Country Corner in East Seauket and in bottles around the new year.

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Rain fell at the 2013 Brewers East End Revival Brew-Off award ceremony. The day began sunny and with chaotic activity taking place in and around the location, a small American Legion Hall in Saint James, New York. As modest as the space and event were, lots of planning had been devoted to assuring this iteration of the annual event was well organized and run to the Beer Judge Certification Program standards. Additionally, steps were taken to include food, drink, fun and prizes for volunteers who would be sacrificing one of their Saturdays in May by helping to set up, pour beer and organize results. Through sheer lack of interest from other club members, Beer Loves Company’s very own Kevin ended up as the “Competition Coordinator” which meant by proxy Alicia was on the job too. Though trying, the day would prove enjoyable for us, A+K, as we saw homebrewers and attendees both discuss brewing and cheer each other on when awards were handed out to those who had crafted fine ales, lagers, ciders or meads. keep reading...

Two Roads Brewing Co. Nor’Yeaster Beer Release – April 19, 2014

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Last Saturday, April 19, we boarded the PT Barnum Port Jeff Ferry bright and early to head over to Two Roads Brewing Co. in Stratford, Connecticut. We had been to Two Roads once before, about a year ago, but this time we were visiting with a mission in mind: obtain some limited release beer. Urban Funk Wild Ale, Krazy Pucker Berliner Weissbier & Henry’s Farm Double Bock Lager Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels are all beers that Two Roads produced in a small quantity and only made available at the April 19 release. There were 690 bottles in total so we aimed to be there around 9:30 am, with doors opening at 11, in order to secure our spot on line and guarantee we would be able to purchase the beers. Turns out, not everyone was looking to have such an early spot and we were numbers 4&5, with 2&3 being fellow Long Island members of Brewers East End Revival. The number one spot went to a gentleman named Bob, who arrived at around 9 am and lives within walking distance of the brewery. He told us he was a whiskey man before Two Roads opened, but in an effort to support a new local business he fell in love with their beers. Though Two Roads introduced him to craft beer, he already has big plans to travel to Vermont and visit some breweries. We were also quick to suggest several he could visit should he ever find himself on the ferry to Long Island. keep reading...

Imperial Force: A Bobby Rodriguez + Port Jeff Brewing Jam


As most of you already know, Bobby Rodriguez was the winner of The Brewers Cup at the 17th annual B.E.E.R homebrewing competition. In addition to a pretty sweet trophy, his prize also included having his winning beer brewed (and eventually released) by the guys at Port Jeff Brewing Company. Imperial Force, the award winning porter, was brewed last Sunday and we had the opportunity to be there along with the mastermind himself, Bobby Rodriguez.

Head brewer Jeff Noakes was on site bright and early to begin the brew day and walk us all through the steps of production on such a large scale. He worked closely with Bobby to ensure that his vision was being carried out and the beer being brewed was as close to the original as possible. To date, Imperial Force is the highest ABV beer that Port Jeff has produced. Bobby’s home brewed version was aged for around 2 years, then placed in bourbon barrels for the weeks leading up to the competition, and clocked in at 15.5% ABV, though it is yet to be seen where this incarnation will land. The beer should be available in late fall, but as it develops we will give an update on when and where you will be able to get your hands on some Imperial Force. We tried Bobby’s version that won the competition (and the wort after Sundays brew day) and can assure you that this is a beer you will want to try. keep reading...

He’Brew Funky Jewbelation – Shmaltz Brewing Company (2012)


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He’Brew Funky Jewbelation is beer which is contracted out by Shmaltz Brewing Company to Olde Saratoga Brewing in Saratoga Springs NY. Olde Saratoga Brewing is itself a subsidiary of another company Mendocino Brewing Company. So this melange of several beers was put together through a funky melange of several contract breweries. We have some thoughts on contract brewing and have had successful brews crafted through this method but that is a tangled web we will revisit in the future. For now we want to discuss the barrel aged, wacky beer that is Funky Jewbelation. keep reading...

Written by A+K

January 7th, 2013 at 7:45 pm