Hurricane Sandy Relief Beer // Surge Protector IPA

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Inside Barrier after Sandy. Photo: Barrier Brewing Co.

As everyone knows, Hurricane Sandy devastated the south shore of Long Island. It washed away homes, stores, churches and even breweries. Barrier Brewing Companyin Oceanside, N.Y. took a heavy beating after Sandy. Once a popular microbrewer, Barrier had to shut down. Its barrels were overturned and the machinery was inoperable.

But here’s something you might not know. The beer brewing community on Long Island is probably as close knit as our surfing community. An idea by local beer writer Niko Krommydas, 28, and photographer Matt Furman, 36, sparked a remarkable project.

“Furman and I were interested in creating a Long Island-only collaboration beer and documenting the process with video and photography,” Krommydas said. “We confirmed eight breweries, but Hurricane Sandy followed about three weeks later, and Barrier Brewing Company in Oceanside got destroyed. We shifted the project and wanted to create a beer to help the victims.”

Furman and Krommydas rallied other local brewers at Blue Point Brewing Company in early December to concoct a special beer with the aim of benefitting Barrier Brewing Company and others affected by Sandy. Half of the proceeds made from the sale of Surge Protector will go to Barrier Brewing Company, while the other half will be donated to Long Island Cares, a food bank dedicated to help Sandy victims.

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Surge Protector IPA. Photo: Krommydas

The result was Surge Protector IPA, appropriately named after Sandy’s powerful storm surge ravaged the south shore. If you like standard India Pale Ales, you’re sure to like Surge Protector. Krommydas said  it’s smooth, a bit piney, and has enough hops for a well-balanced taste. The beer will be revealed on Jan. 22, making its way into local bars and your anxious bellies.

Here’s who contributed to the flavor of Surge Protector IPA:

Barrier Brewing Company
Blind Bat Brewery
Blue Point Brewing Company
Great South Bay Brewery
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
Long Ireland Beer Company
Port Jeff Brewing Company
Spider Bite Beer Company

Krommydas said half of the proceeds made from the sale of Surge Protector will go to Barrier Brewing Company, while the other half will be donated to Long Island Cares, a food bank dedicated to help Sandy victims.

 “They’re great friends, and great brewers,” he said. “I’ve always loved the beer, and the desire to remain entirely self-run. It’s dedication. We need Barrier Brewing Company on Long Island.”

Along the way, Krommydas and Furman released videos documenting the project. Take a look at the latest one:

Be sure to follow the progress of the project at sandyreliefbeer.com and by liking on Facebook and following on Twitter.

 

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