The Blue Point Brewing Company is a pretty cool place. They employ a unique direct-fire, brick brew kettle that was actually dismantled brick by brick from a brewery in Maryland and brought up to their headquarters in Patchogue, NY (yes, BPBC is not actually in Blue Point). Also unique to BPBC is their method of supplying bars. Working on a local level, they deliver all their kegs cold and unpasteurized. This keeps their on-tap radius fairly small, but also keeps the beer supremely fresh. For this tasting we picked up three of Blue Point's regular brews: Toasted Lager, RastafaRye Ale, and Pale Ale.
The Toasted Lager is a light amber color with a big head. The aroma has soft, sweet hints of caramel and a brew house smell that reminds us of the hard work that goes on every day at Blue Point's direct-fire kettle. On the tongue we find mild bitterness and a watered-down caramel flavor that is pleasant, but knowing what this beer tastes like on draft, we can't help but feel a bit disappointed. Luckily there are plenty of bars around New York where we can experience this beer fresh off the keg.
The RastafaRye Ale has a rich amber tone and good head in the glass. The aroma is alluring, with chocolate and toffee notes which balance some woodsy hint in the nose. The taste has an earthy quality thanks to the rye, and finishes sweet for a well-rounded flavor. A portion of the RastafaRye Ale sales will be donated to They Often Cry Outreach (TOCO) to help underprivileged children around the world. Ya mon.
The Blue Point Pale Ale is a delightful marigold color with fine, sophisticated lacing. The smell of this ale is complicated and fun to decipher; we notice a bouquet of orange peel, peach, nectarine, and even a hint of cannabis. The taste reminds us of another well balanced New York beer, Ithaca Flower Power, with a pleasant, but not overpowering hoppiness. A delicious brew we wish we saw in NYC bars more often.