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The Secret’s Out: Rocky Point Artisan Brewers & Secret Engine Brewing Release Collaboration Beer Sticke Handwerker



Mike Voigt of Rocky Point of Artisan Brewers, left, and Mike Mare of Secret Engine.

“Sometimes the beer just tells you when it is ready,” says Mike Voigt of Rocky Point Artisan Brewers about their recent collaborative brew with Secret Engine Brewing of Brooklyn. Mike Mare, brewer and co-owner of Secret Engine, is currently trying to find a permanent home for the brewery while still getting his beer out there. Though the original plan was to wait until later this month, Sticke Handwerker, the Long Island debut from Secret Engine, will be released this Friday at Tap and Barrel, The Black Sheep Ale House and a to-be-determined location in Brooklyn. keep reading...

Blue Point Brewing Company 10th Annual Cask Ales Festival – April 5, 2014



This Saturday, Blue Point Brewing Company will hold their 10th annual Cask Ales Festival. This is one of the oldest and most widely anticipated beer events on Long Island, often selling out extremely quickly. This year was no exception, as tickets are now sold out so hopefully you got yours early. The event will run from 2-6 pm and is held rain or shine (or snow, though our fingers are crossed that spring is finally here). Over 30 breweries will be on hand pouring cask ales and food will be available for purchase. A couple years ago, a giant cask of Blue Point Sour Cherry Imperial Stout paired with a smoked turkey leg was quite memorable. keep reading...

Written by A+K

April 3rd, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Rocky Point Artisan Brewers Nano Cask Festival & Farmer’s Market – January 25 2014



It’s that time of the year again. Get ready to drink some lightly carbonated, near room temperature beer! The fourth annual Rocky Point Artisan Brewers Nano Cask Festival and Farmer’s Market is being held Saturday January, 25th 2014. This event has both professional and home brewers pouring their wares from, you guessed it, casks.


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For those who may not know a cask is literally a container for beer. To that you might reply, “Obviously”, to which we say well smarty pants did you know that cask conditioned ale has been christened (along with bottle conditioned beer) as “Real Ale” by CAMARA (the Campaign for Real Ale)? Cask conditioned beer served from casks is a traditional method of serving beer. Patrons used to belly up to the bar and order a flagon of ale which was poured directly from the cask/container. keep reading...

Crafting A Beer: Cask Time by Bobby Rodriguez (2013)


This is a first for us here at BLC. We have asked our friend and co-brewing conspirator Bobby Rodriguez to put something together on Cask Ale. The beer we made with him (Fünke a Mint Blueberry Kölsch) for the 2013 Blue Point Brewing Company Cask Ales Festival was, of course, put into a cask. Stop by the Brewer’s East End Revival (B.E.E.R.) table to give it a try if you are attending. Unfortunately we were not there for the process and left the transfer of beer from carboy to cask in the capable hands of Bobby. Since we missed out on the experience we decided to let Bobby talk a bit about his experience and to share some of his knowledge of cask ale with you. So without further rambling from us, here is Bobby Rodriguez’s “Cask Time”. keep reading...

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April 12th, 2013 at 11:30 pm

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


As members of B.E.E.R (Brewer’s East End Revival), we will be pouring a cask beer that we brewed with none other than Bobby Rodriguez, a seasoned and award winning home brewer. Bobby runs the club only competitions for B.E.E.R. each month, has brewed a myriad of styles and is a good friend. He graciously allowed us to brew with him on his excellent home brew set up. Much like our Saint Remo Gruit Ale we brewed (with Frank) for the Spring Craft Beer Festival, a great deal of thought went into the recipe. This is a pivotal step where you decide what type of beer you will be creating and it really is where the whole process begins.

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Written by A+K

April 6th, 2013 at 10:50 pm