To celebrate our exhibition Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History, the New-York Historical Society is hosting a series of Saturday beer tastings run by local breweries in the exhibit’s Beer Hall. The program will run from May 26 through August 25; half-hour tastings will start at 2pm and 4pm. Not only will visitors get to taste some of these local creations, but there will be hops, whole leaf flowers and other beer ingredients for people to touch, smell and experience. Tickets are $35 unless otherwise noted.
When many of us want something, we’re content to sit and complain until someone else takes action. But that wasn’t the case for Mark Burford and Pete Cotter of Blue Point Brewery. “The guys met through homebrewing,” Communications Director Curt Potter told us. “They decided there wasn’t any craft beer on Long Island, and thought it was time to start brewing a good beer.” And after working two jobs to raise the money and delivering their beer in a van with their dog, Blue Point is one of Long Island’s biggest success stories.
But they’re not content to just make their beer alone. One of the biggest things Blue Point has brought to the area is their Annual Cask Ale Festival. What is Cask Ale, you ask? Aka “Real Ale,” it’s basically pure beer, brewed and put in a cask.” said Potter. “It conditions in there, and is served out of there, so there’s no artificial carbonation. All the carbonation comes from real yeast and sugars, and all the sediment is left in there. Originally this is how beer was made, and how it had to be served, before there was bottling or CO2.” Blue Point hosted the 8th Annual Cask Ale Festival this April, with over thirty participating breweries and 100 casks of beer. Some homebrewing clubs even brought their own creations. “There was a lot of camaraderie.”
So what’s next for Blue Point? “The summer season is insane,” Potter says, with favorites like Summer Ale and their Blueberry Ale available and summer beer events happening up and down Long Island. And of course they’re always looking for the next market. “We just hit the 15th state!”