Blue Point Brewery’s Movember wrap party was a great time for all. Curt Potter (Director of Branding & Communications) and the other BPBC staff organized a fantastic event. They also pulled together a great group of guys who collected almost $9,000 dollars in donations! Everyone on the team and all those who donated or participated should be very pleased.
Last night the brewery was open an extra hour in an attempt to contain the massive amount of jubilation such success generated. There also was a special guest. Early in the evening “Mr. Islander” himself Bobby Nystrom stopped by. He was there to show his support for the cause and for the Blue Point team. Mr. Islander was very friendly and took the time to speak with several fans and also posed for many pictures. It was a nice surprise to have both him and his trademark ‘stache there in supporting the cause. Stay classy Bobby!
Throughout the night there were raffles for everything from Blue Point tap handles to a “date” with Brandon Ross, a colorful and highly entertaining BPBC staff member. Tickets were one for $2 or six for $10 for most prizes while the tickets for the date with Brandon were $5 (a bargain). We aren’t sure how much was collected during these raffles but everyone seemed eager to participate and to donate. All of the winners were extremely happy to claim their spoils. The date with Brandon went to a man and we are sure it will be quite the time for both “Mo’ Bros”.
The team was gathered a few times for photographs and what seemed like general camaraderie during the evening. All of the members were great guys and did their best in collecting donations. The participants turned out to be very into the evening, the cause and their ‘staches. A small crew from local outlet News 12 was on hand to cover the party and took snapshots when the group photos were taken. Awards and prizes were also handed out in a variety of categories which included: Best overall mustache, Top money raiser, The Boogie Nights ‘stache, Best Cowboy ‘stache, Next Year Try Rogaine (nice try but couldn’t quite grow one), Mark Burford – Just for Men (grayest mustache) and Miss Movember(s). By the time these were being announced everyone seemed to be in very good spirits (wah, wah, waaaah). Last but not least there was a special cask of “Hot Sexual Chocolate Porter” which was very tasty. It was crafted with jalapeno and of course chocolate and both of these flavors were well balanced in the brew. Really what goes together better than, a charity party, a brewery, mustaches and a beer called “Hot Sexual Chocolate”. We say nothing at all. Fun times, good deeds done, way to go.
Oh one more thing, donations are still being accepted so please donate if yu have the means. You can donate to us, BLC, or the Blue Point Team. They are trying to overtake Harpoon Brewery in total money raised while fighting against men’s health issues. Thank you to all who have supported the cause in the past and will in the future. Here are a few photos from the event for your enjoyment. Bang.
Brandon Ross, Mustache Man of Mystery
After breaking the tragic news that the release of Southampton Publick House Russian Imperial Stout is cancelled for 2012, we decided a little levity was in order. We offer here a post collecting of images from our trip this past fall to Southampton. Over the last three years we have headed out to Eastern Long Island, before Halloween, with the intention to grab some pumpkins and try some beer. Our destinations have been Hank’s Pumpkintown (which was insanley packed this year) and Southampton Publick House. Last year we even stopped at Duck Walk Vineyards, which is across from Hanks’s, but this year we opted not to as it seemed like every parent out there decided to drown their sorrows in some vino.
Hank’s is located in Watermill NY and is a gigantic, epic, event of a pumpkin patch. There are several corn mazes, slides and a train which offers rides through the pumpkin patch. We took a walk around and ended up selecting two small sugar pumpkins. These two pumpkins made it home and eventually we carved them, like champions. Next we decided to leave Hank’s with its gaggle of grade schoolers and bleary eyed parents behind and head over to the Publick House for a few snacks and brews. The bar had a fair amount of people inside, the location has a bar/dining area as well as a dining room, but a table was secured without too much trouble.
A few specials were on the board as were two seasonals. We tried the Abbey Single, Pumpkin Ale and we split the Abbot 12. All of the beers were satisfying, refreshing and delicious. The single was a nice light take on a Belgian brew with subtle yeast, hop and spicy notes. The pumpkin ale had a nice body and spiciness to it (click for our review of the bottled version). The Abbot 12 is Southampton’s take on a Belgian Quad. This is a strong ale featuring of dark fruit, alcohol, yeast and sweet accents. We actually were served this brew in a pint glass which at 10.5% ABV is a large serving and the reason we split it. The food we had was standard bar food which worked well in the setting and hit the spot. An overall successful trip. We suggest you head out to Southampton Publick House and Hank’s when the season rolls back around. Now here are the pictures you were promised (sorry for the long rambling rundown). Enjoy!
We here at Beer Loves Company have tragic, tragic news to report. This year Southampton Publick House has decided to cancel their Russian Imperial Stout release. You may be thinking (perhaps bellowing aloud) a gut-wrenching, “NOOOOOOO!!!!!”, we understand your pain. The BLC gang was eager to enlist some fellow beer lovers, pack up the car, wake up before dawn and stand in line for the release of Southampton Publick House Russian Imperial Stout. Unfortunately we all will have to wait until 2014.
We started planning for this event this past summer. As we sat on a beach savoring glasses of Smuttynose Farmhous Ale and relaxing, dreams of delightful, dark, delicious beer danced in our heads. Deciding we should find out when the actual day of release would be we placed a call to the Publick House. The helpful staff member on the other end of the line told us that the release would be the last week in January, as it has been. Time passed, seasons changed and we decided once again to see if we could get an exact date for the event. The website for Southampton Publick House was updated over this time but no mention of the RIS appeared. It was time to send an email. We decided to issue one to Don Sullivan, the president of SHPH. The response we received (which follows) was unexpected and sad. Here dear reader, is the full content of Mr. Sullivan’s message. We will let him explain everything to you (and give you a smack of hope).
I’m sorry to say we will not be hosting a release party this year due to
many challenges and new programs we’ve instituted this past year.
We’ve hosted a release party for 10 years or more consecutively, so I’m sad
to say we’re not able to do so this year. however, I am eager to let you
know that we will begin to brew, bottle and store many small batch brews
this winter with the intent on reintroducing the Release Party in January
2014 bigger and better than ever.
To be honest, scarcity is what makes these beers worth lining up for in the
cold and I’d rather skip a year so that the quality of our offerings stay
true to our mission.
Hopefully you’ll keep us on your calendar as a year goes pretty darned
Southampton Publick House
Southampton Bottling, LLC”
This Black Friday we will not be waiting on line outside a Best Buy for one of the three discounted televisions they have in the entire store. Instead, we will be waiting outside a brewery for a special release of one of their beers. Equally crazy? Perhaps. But we bet it will be way more delicious and the line will be a bit more fun. Also, we are pretty sure most major retailers will not be serving waffles this morning.
Today we are heading to Long Ireland Brewery in Riverhead NY (click link for Google map) for the release of their Imperial Stout, “Black Friday”. This is the second annual release of this brew. We are looking forward to trying a sample or two and taking home some bottles. Make sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page and our Twitter feed for updates through out the festivities. Of course we will have a full review of both the event and beer up sometime next week. In the meantime, enjoy your Black Friday whether you are nursing a food hangover, shopping for the perfect deal or maybe even having a beer holiday yourself.
From Long Ireland Brewery: Come join us for the release of Black Friday Imperial Stout, Tony from Tap and Barrel will be making his famous waffles from 9-11am (apparently there may be ice cream too). Come down for some samples, growlers or pickup a bottle of Black Friday Imperial Stout or Winter Ale. We are open from 9am-6pm. We ask that people not bring other beverages with them due to licensing reasons. Thanks!!