“B” is for Long Island Craft Beer Week
Bay Fest had 20-plus brewers in attendance, but I was a little “worn” from my tasting with The Beer Diviner and Bellport Beer and Soda —thanks Dave—so I was a little more selective in the beer I decided to partake of. I focused on the smaller breweries this time. Here was my tasting for the day:
Blind Bat Brewery: Spring Folly, an 8.5% ABV Belgian-inspired ale. It attacked my taste buds with citrus but left the palate refreshed. Alcohol? What alcohol?
Spider Bite Beer Co.: White Bite, a 4.5% ABV wheat ale. Don’t be fooled be by this wheat beer. It starts off clean, but ends with a hoppy bite.
Barrage Brewing: McLaughlin’s Folly, a 5.7% ABV oatmeal stout flavored with vanilla. A classic oatmeal stout, with vanilla and coffee notes. It has a medium mouth-feel without being syrupy. Surprisingly easy-drinking for mid-May.
Outer Lands Brewing: Chamomile Wheat, a 4.7% ABV Bavarian-style hefeweizen, infused with organic chamomile. What a fun hefeweizen! A perfect balance between banana, floral, and citrus.
There were so many more breweries I wanted to try, like Montauk Brewing and Rocky Point Artisan Brewers, but most of the beers were tapped out in no time. But that’s always a good sign when the brewers leave the festival with nothing but empty casks, their banners (yes, people, those are their banners), new fans, and good stories.