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 atÂ Blue Point Brewing CompanyÂ in early December to concoct a special beer with the aim of benefitting Barrier Brewing Company and others affected by Sandy.Â Half of the proceeds made from the sale of Surge Protector will go to Barrier Brewing Company, while the other half will be donated toÂ Long Island Cares, a food bank dedicated to help Sandy victims.
The result was Surge Protector IPA, appropriately named after Sandy’s powerful storm surge ravaged the south shore.Â If you like standard India Pale Ales, you’re sure to like Surge Protector. Krommydas said Â it’s smooth, a bit piney, and has enough hops for a well-balanced taste.Â The beer will be revealed onÂ 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 toÂ Long Island Cares, a food bank dedicated to help Sandy victims.
Along the way, Krommydas and Furman released videos documenting the project. Take a look at the latest one: