Barrage Brewing Company Tasting Room Grand Opening – July 19, 2014

Barrage Brewing Company has had their doors open since January of this year, thanks to a lot of hard work by owner Steve Pominski and a little help from Kickstarter, but there is now a new addition to the brewery: a place to enjoy the beer. Pominski and longtime friend Al Nappi have had the brewery under construction for the past couple months and the tasting room is now (softly) open for business. The official grand opening celebration will be on July 19.


Barrage Brewing Company's New Tasting Room

Barrage Brewing Company’s New Tasting Room

New, expanded hours include Friday from 4-8 pm, in addition to their current hours of 1-5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Instead of waiting in the brewery for growler fills, customers will be now able to both fill their growlers and enjoy pints and sample glasses from the 8 tap system in the new tasting room. Though the area is small, seating is available and there are even some bar stools upholstered with horse hair, we kid you not. The personal nature makes it feel like a true garage bar aka bar-rage. Hey, that’s the name of the brewery.


Owner and Brewmaster Steve Pominski Contemplates His Work

Owner and Brewmaster Steve Pominski Contemplates His Work

Not only does this give people an awesome place to hang out in Farmingdale, but it also frees up time for Pominski to produce more Barrage beer. Turns out it’s kind of hard to brew and fill growlers at the same time, but with the brewery and tasting room now separate it allows him to produce beer while someone else mans the taps. Don’t worry though, he will still be popping his head in from time to time to say hello. He is excited about the addition saying, “we’d like this to become a destination,” and a tasting room is a big step towards making that happen.


Steve Pominski Owner and Brewmaster

Steve Pominski Owner and Brewmaster

The grand opening party kicks off Saturday, July 19 at 1 pm. All eight taps will be flowing, with a few rare releases making an appearance. Most notably is the Yada Yada, a Seinfeld themed brown ale that is fermented with Snickers bars and as Steve put it “is Snickering as we speak.” Do you think he cut them with a fork and knife? Stop by to check it out, try the barrage of selections and most importantly, do it all while relaxing under the same roof where your beer is made.


Steve Pominski Owner and Brewmaster

Steve Pominski Owner and Brewmaster

Barrage Brewing: It's Almost Go Time…

It’s been a long road for Barrage Brewing the past couple years, but finally there is light at the end of the tunnel and beer in the fermenters. After months of construction, roadblocks from Suffolk County and a successful Kickstarter campaign, Barrage has now begun production in their Farmingdale, New York facility.

Owner Steve Pominski says they hope to open the doors this month and are well on their way to making sure the brewery is fully stocked. Craft beer bars and distributors are already eagerly waiting for kegs to be filled, so look for Barrage beer on tap across Long Island very soon. Additionally, Barrage Brewing will have tasting room hours and offer on site growler fills and merchandise.

An official grand opening announcement will be made on Barrage’s website (and ours), though we are sure all of the Long Island craft beer scene will be talking about it on Facebook and Twitter so it’ll be tough to miss. In the meantime, check out a list of all the beers Barrage brews to get ready and figure out which you want to try first. The brewery will likely open with about five varieties on tap with rotating specials and seasonals making appearances.

If you just can’t wait, Barrage will be pouring at the Rocky Point Nano Cask Festival on January 25 & the Winter Wings and Beer Fest on February 22, though hopefully they will be open by wing time.

Barrage Brewing Company Kickstarter Construction Update

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Local underdog Barrage Brewing Company is well under way with the construction necessary to get their brewery up and running. The Farmingdale New York based start up has their trenches dug, pipes cut and lots of dirt moved in an effort to get things situated with the Suffolk County Sewer Agency. As you may recall Steve Pominski owner of BBC launched a campaign via Kickstarter to raise the $18,000+ needed to make these changes and successfully acquired the necessary funding in late August.

Kevin recently stopped by the brewery and “heavy cleaning” will indeed be needed to get Barrage Brewing Company back to were it was before it’s successful Kickstarter campaign. The floor was torn up and dirt was piled high. Pipes and tools were laying about the brewery and workers milled about. During the down time when the guys who were working on the space needed to make a run for parts, Mr. Pominski showed Kevin around the brewery (which we have both visited when it was in pristine condition). They talked about the plans for Barrage Brewing going forward which included Alicia creating their new website and possibly some updates to their marketing as well as the obvious coming changes to the sewer infrastructure and brewery itself.

We were eager to help Barrage Brewing Company take the next step and get their doors open and obviously so were many of our fellow beer loving Long Islanders. Like Stallone going the distance against Apollo Creed Barrage Brewing Company is just refusing to go down making sure they have all of their t’s crossed and i’s dotted (this time around). In fact work is supposed to start this week on several key updates and upgrades. Mr. Pominski characterized it as such, “..in the coming week the sewer work hopefully will be completed (that is the plan as of today), so then we can cement the floor and pave the outside, then the heavy cleaning will begin!”, which means we all will be that much closer to tasting some of the delicious BBC Raven’s Shadow porter soon. We are crossing our fingers (and toes) hoping these are the last road blocks before Barrage Brewing Company opens in Farmingdale in 2014. Stay tuned to Beer Loves Company for more updates as they come in!

Barrage Brewing Company
32 Allen Boulevard Unit E
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Phone 631-335-7941

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Barrage Brewing: Doors Successfully Kicked (Almost) Open!

Way to go, Long Island! Once again you have supported a local member of the craft beer community in the form of a Kickstarter campaign, and once again they have met and surpassed the target. Earlier today, with 8 hours to spare, Barrage Brewing met their Kickstarter goal of $18,000. This money will be used towards mandatory sewer system work, which is the final step before the brewery can open its doors. Very soon we will have yet another brewery here on Long Island (in Farmingdale, to be exact) thanks in part to the support of the community. To say Steve Pominski, owner of Barrage Brewing, is excited and grateful would likely be an understatement. We will leave you with his Facebook status moments after the $18,000 milestone was reached:

All of us at Barrage Brewing Company would like to thank everyone that helped us with getting our Kickstarter fully funded!!!!! You did it everyone…you are making a long awaited dream come true!!! Now lets get these freaking doors open!!!!!!

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Barrage Brewing Company Kickstarter – Let's Kick Those Doors Open!!!

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BARRAGE BREWING COMPANY NEEDS YOUR HELP TO OPEN. IF YOU WANT MORE LOCAL CRAFT BEER HEAD OVER TO KICKSTARTER AND DONATE. ONLY 20 DAYS LEFT!

But first here is a little background. As you can see from the above photo, Barrage Brewing Company is ready to start brewing. Unfortunately they have run into a crappy situation thanks to the Suffolk County Sewer District. The SCSD wants Steve Pominski (owner of BBC) to do a fair amount of work at his brewery located in Farmingdale, New York. This came as a bit of a shock because everything seemed to be kosher with all of the building permits up until the moment the SCSD stepped up to the plate. The town had no issues with the brewery or the beer that would be produced there and did not mandate any upgrades or changes to the location. To run the burners a gas line was needed but there was no issue in obtaining the line (although it was delayed several months due to hurricane Sandy). All seemed to be going fairly well, things were moving forward nicely while Barrage Brewing Company waited for it’s license to come in from New York State so they could be a full fledged brewery crafting beer for a thirsty public. Ah the halcyon days right?

Things took a slight turn when Public Works “…came out of nowhere” and required a line to coming from the brewery and ending at one sample well. This shed a light on the sewer system possibly becoming an issue but all seemed well and BBC thought the one line and well combination would be all they would need. As it turns out this was only a glimpse of things to come. When Steve and crew went to file the permits the Suffolk County Sewer District came in and turned everything upside down. The SCSD did not care what Public Works wanted, they had a list of their own requirements.

As it turns out that list not only requires two sample wells which need to be attached to a drain in the brewery and a separate bathroom line (in case Steve is dumping trub or beer product down his drains) but these lines must run out to two wells in the parking lot of the brewery. These then need to be run about 140 feet connecting to the main sewer hook up. While that may seem like a lot of work already the SCSD also had originally requested that ALL of the buildings units would require a well. The owner of the location was not happy, Steve was not happy all around it was a gloomy time in Farmingdale. Luckily the plumber Barrage has hired has thirty plus years of experience working with the SCSD and was able to talk them into only requiring four wells total. The landlord has agreed to put in two wells, brining his location up to code, while Steve will need to put in his own two wells. This is not a cheap addition and will cost Barrage Brewing Company the better half of $18,000 to accomplish. Yikes.

The bottom line is this: without achieving his Kickstarter goal Steve Pominski will have to shut down Barrage Brewing Company. FOREVER. That will be that. The decades long dream will end with three year short years of frustration rather than many happy years of success and good craft beer. There are 20 days left in Barrage Brewing Company’s drive to raise $18,000 and as of this writing they are 22% funded. #Local stuff is the jump off right so if you are able head on over and donate.

Condzella Hops Kickstarter: Halfway There

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Condzella Hops Kickstarter campaign to bring the Wolf WHE 140 Hopfen Pflückmaschine (a hop harvesting machine) to their Wading River, Long Island farm is halfway to its conclusion and also a bit more than halfway to its goal of $27,000. Last we checked they had raised $14,775 from 153 different backers, but hopefully that number is increasing even as we type. Thats an average donation of $96 per contributor which is not exactly pocket change and shows just how strongly the local craft beer and agricultural community is behind this campaign.

There are still 16 days left, so its not too late for you to show your support. Depending on your level of involvement, you will be rewarded with not only the satisfaction of knowing you helped bring the “New York Hop” back, but tokens of appreciation ranging from a Condzella Hops mason jar mug to a beer dinner that actually takes place on the farm to the ability to name a row of hops in next years harvest.We had the opportunity to speak with John Condzella today (the creator of both Condzella Hops and this Kickstarter campaign) about the process so far and his hopes for the next 16 days and beyond.

John chose Kickstarter over a more traditional means of obtaining the money, like a business loan, because he really wanted to get the word out about both the machine and the cause. Doing it this way allows community involvement and even after the machine is purchased there will be people across Long Island and NY that are literally invested in the progress of Condzella Hops. Ultimately, his short term goal is to obtain the hop harvester but his vision has a much broader scope. John hopes that this campaign will kickstart hop farming in this region and he is excited to not only share the harvester (either through forming a co-op or by charging a nominal fee) but also show farmers new to the crop the proper way to get started. He is not just trying to better Condzella Farms, but the entire local agricultural and craft beer community.

At the halfway point, John is optimistic and excited. He said the feedback so far has been great, and he has been doing everything he can to get the word out. With NYC Beer Week upon us, he will be appearing at several events throughout it and will also have a table at the Spring Craft Beer Festival at Nassau Coliseum on March 9, which is a big day for him for a variety of reasons. Not only will he be educating people about his farm and campaign at the show, it is also his birthday and the day before the end of his Kickstarter campaign. In addition, Port Jeff Brewing Company (who brewed a wet hopped ale using Condzella Hops) will be releasing their Wet and Wild Ale. This beer was a “hoppy accident” which was born from attempting to dry hop with Condzella fresh hops, resulting in a wild yeast transforming the brew. We had the opportunity to try this beer at Port Jeff’s first anniversary celebration and it was a fruity, tart and delicious. John has yet to try the Wet and Wild, but is excited to do so.

So what about a backup plan if the campaign fails? Not going to happen, according to John. He has been tirelessly working to spread the word and garner support anyway he can, whether it be posters, phone calls, E-mails or interviews like this one, and he will continue to do so through the conclusion of the campaign. He is confident that his efforts will be rewarded and Condzella Hops will meet their goal. But, he can’t do it alone.

John is excited about the outpouring of support thus far and knows that in order to be successful they will need help from the community. Since ultimately this hop machine will help both the local farming and craft beer communities, it is only fitting that it is a group effort to revitalize the New York hop. So please visit Condzella Hops Kickstarter page and read about the campaign, watch the video and give if you can. Even if you can’t contribute right now but support the idea, share it with your friends and family and help John and Condzella Hops get the word out there. Help to (re)kickstart the New York Hop.

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