Drinking for charity is nothing new around these parts—so of course a team of local breweries have joined forces to create a special brew to help in Hurricane Sandy relief. Reps from the participating breweries (Blind Bat Brewery, Great South Bay Brewery, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, Long Ireland Beer Company, Port Jeff Brewing Company, and Spider Bite Brewing Company) all gathered yesterday at Blue Point Brewery to begin production on Surge Protector IPA, a special brew whose sale proceeds will benefit the food bank Long Island Cares as well as Barrier Brewing Co., another LI brewery that was heavily damaged by the superstorm.
Before the storm, a few of the breweries had already begun a project with beer writer Niko Krommydas and photographer Matt Furman for a video documentary about Long Island's flourishing beer community. Together they were going to make a beer to be featured at Long Island Craft Beer Week. But after Sandy tore through the area—causing, among other things, nearly $100,000 in damage to Barrier Brewing Co.'s new facility—they changed their plans. "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,'" Krommydas told Patch.
The Surge Protector, an "easy-drinking session IPA," combines a bag of malt barley from each of the eight breweries and four different varieties of hops, which they expect will produce around 30 barrels of suds. The 5% ABV benefit brew will be available on tap and in bottles at local LI bars by early next year, though at this point specific locations aren't available. Follow @sandyreliefbeer and @krommydas for a release date and to find how you can get your drink on for a good cause!