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Sandy Relief Beer Fundraising for Hurricane Victims

Oceanside microbrewery among the collaborators on Sandy-relief beer Surge Protector.

After about six weeks since a brew day in early December, a collaborative ale with ingredients donated from eight Long Island breweries – including Oceanside's Barrier Brewing Co. – hit the shelves earlier this week.

Proceeds from the Surge Protector IPA will go to benefit Barrier Brewing – an Oceanside microbrewery which suffered nearly $100,000 in damages due to Hurricane Sandy – as well we Long Island Cares.

So where can you find it locally? The following locations were originally stocked, but call ahead to make sure they still have some left because the IPA was selling out everywhere as of Friday.

  • Barrier Brewing Company
  • Croxley’s Ale House
  • Baldwin Beverage
  • The Dark Horse Tavern

Sixty barrells were brewed in total and shipped across Long Island, with just about 2,000 22-ounce bottles available for $16.99.

Participants in the relief effort included Blind Bat Brewery, Barrier BrewingGreat South Bay Brewery, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, Long Ireland Beer Company, Port Jeff Brewing CompanySpider Bite Brewing Company and Blue Point BreweryClare Rose Distributors signed on to pump out the product for the cause as well.

The effort to create a collaborative beer amongst numerous Long Island breweries actually started before Hurricane Sandy hit. Long Island-based beer writer Niko Krommydas and photographer Matt Furman wanted to gather a bunch of breweries together for a video project, with the end result being a new beer released by Long Island Craft Beer Week this spring.

But Sandy changed those plans.

"Three weeks later, Sandy happened," Krommydas said. "Barrier basically got destroyed, so this shifted from a creative project we would do in March or April to, 'OK, let's do this now because they are in serious need and temporarily closed.'"

Visit sandyreliefbeer.com for more information, which will update where Surge Protector IPA can be found.

Alison Gilbert January 30, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Dear Joe, This is such a great story and one I have been following with eagerness. What an example of how friends, colleagues and supporters have come together to help a fellow craft beer maker in need. The suppor has been both heart-warming and very creative. Love the story about the beer collaboration with the brewery in Cooperstown and the stories about the other craft breweries on LI helping out. Thanks, Alison Gilbert, a local
Alison Gilbert January 30, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Actually had a chance to visit Barrier Brewing Co. today. Things are looking good. They are making a good go of it again. Place looks great. Beer on top for tasting and big bottles for buying. Contact them and welcome them back. We are lucky to have them in our area. http://www.facebook.com/BarrierBrewingCo Alison Gilbert

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