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Blue Point Brewing Arrives in South Florida

For those of you that do not subscribe to Fresh Beer’s newsletter you may not know this yet.  But the gurus of craft beer down here have done it again.  They are bringing a brand new brewer to our area some really good beers.

Blue Point is based out of Long Island, NY and do both lagers and ales with their lineups.  I had the chance to have all three of their standard line of brews when I was in Pennsylvania in June and boy are we in for a treat.  Here is their take on each of these brews.

Toasted Lager – Blue Point Brewing’s Toasted Lager is the flagship product. Copper in color this brew is made from Six different malts including: English Pale, Crystal, Munich, Carapils, Wheat and Belgian Caravienna. Toasted Lager displays a balanced flavor of malt and hop which makes it easy drinking. Special lager yeast is used to produce that long lasting, smooth finish. The “toasted” part of the name refers to Blue Point’s direct-fire brew kettle; hot flames imparts a toasted flavor to their most popular microbrew.

RastafaRye – Blue Point Brewing Company humbly honors the Rastafari and dedicates this beer to them. Their RastafaRye Ale marries a hearty rye malt with a blend of freshly harvested west coast hops resulting in a delicious deep copper ale, with just the right amount of rye flavor to offset the spicy and floral characteristics of the hops, RastafaRye will stay on your palate and your mind evermore.

Hoptical Illusion IPA – This IPA won the Bronze Medal at The 2005 Great American Beer Festival. It was also named the best IPA at The 2005 United States Beer Tasting Championship. This classic American style IPA features a rare hop exclusively grown on a farm in Oregon. One taste of the Hoptical Illusion and you’ll know why Blue Point bought the entire crop. A generous amount of the select hop balances out malty backbone of this delicious golden beer.

My personal favorite of these was the RastafaRye.  The rye taste on it was very well pronounced and it drank so well.  I have feeling that the Toasted Lager will become a pretty popular session beer and the Hoptical Illusion is very solid IPA that should make hop heads happy.

So be on the look out for these offerings from Blue Point very shortly.  Cheers!

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  • Reply Dave

    Do you know where I can purchase Blue Point in South Florida ?

    Being a transplant from New York, I was introduced to Blue Point in it’s beginning and since then Toasted Lager is in my top 10, Shipped to South
    Florida because of Work, I have not had a Toasted Lager in more than 2 years, Saw Hoptical Illusion in Jenson Beach, but they had just
    run out on draft. I left very upset. Would Really appreciate any suggestions, I live outside of Ft. Lauderdale


    July 20, 2010 at 3:35 pm
  • Reply Mike

    Thanks for stopping by Dave. Fresh Beer just announced taking them on last Friday so it will probably be this week or the next when it starts hitting locations.

    I know it will only be draft to start with and potentially bottles later on. When I hear about it being somewhere I’ll post something else here for you.

    July 20, 2010 at 3:42 pm
  • Reply Dave

    Thanks so much for your prompt response, Draft is fine, I do it miss it

    Quick story when I was in NY, I had been going to see my folks in NJ, the Girl I was dating (now my wife was from a small town in NJ) that town has a street fair every year
    there was line at the Coors light beer truck about a mile long, there was nobody at some beer truck called ‘Blue Point’ I went over had a Toasted Lager, have been hooked
    ever since, still have the Tap handle they gave me when the beer ran dry.

    July 20, 2010 at 3:50 pm
  • Reply Cammie

    Hey! I just found this site on google… I have been looking to buy Blue Pointe beers everywhere since I moved to Florida and I can’t find it ANYWHERE…. Please let me know if you have any more info!!!! THANKS!

    March 4, 2011 at 5:41 pm
    • Reply Mike

      Where in Florida are you? I know for a fact that all Total Wines carry Blue Point.

      March 6, 2011 at 8:13 am
  • Reply David

    Total Wines only carries a couple of the large bottles of Blue oOint, but every time I go in there and ask for Toasted Lager or or Hoptical Illusion they say we orderd it and should be here next week, that’s been since Thanksgiving

    March 6, 2011 at 9:59 am
  • Reply Mike

    Which TW are you going to David? I know my home store (Boynton Beach) has Toasted Lager, Rastafarye and Pale Ale all in stock as of Friday.

    To be honest I have not seen bottles of Hoptical Illusion at all down here. I have only seen it on tap.

    March 6, 2011 at 11:22 am
  • Reply David

    I go to the one in Ft Lauderdale….

    I grew in NJ and had Blue Point sell beer at our local Street Fair, ever since then I have been hooked, Went the Brewery in Long Island and had many samples, but with work transfering me to Florida, it’s been 3 years since I’ve tasted toasted lager, the Total Wine in for Lauderdale carries Rastafarye and Pale Ale, in large 24oz bottles but not 12oz, I just want my Toasted Lager WAAAAHHHHHHHH

    March 6, 2011 at 11:42 am
    • Reply Mike

      One of my good friends is the assistant manager of that store so I will talk with him. He is pretty much the beer guy of all Total Wines in South Florida.

      Little tid bit of information is that we don’t get any 12 oz bottles from Blue Point down here. We get kegs and 22 oz bombers. And actually I was told by someone from Fresh Beer (Blue Point’s distributor down here) that the 12 oz bottles are not even brewed at the Blue Point brewery but contracted out and tend to not taste the same. Only kegs and 22 oz bottles are brewed at the actual brewery.

      But I will ask my friend about the Toasted Lager bombers. If you go in there ask for Ed. He really knows his stuff and I assure you if he says he puts in an order for something he definitely will for you.

      March 6, 2011 at 12:02 pm
    • Reply Mike

      David, I also have the contact information for the South Florida rep for Blue Point. Shoot me an email to mike AT mikelovesbeer DOT com and I’ll give you his contact details. He will know where all their products are located at.

      March 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm
  • Reply Fred

    Hoptical Illusion, Toasted lager, and Blue Point seasonals are usually in Publix, Sweet Bay and some other supermarkets. I think ABC Liquors also carries Blue Point.

    November 27, 2012 at 10:34 pm
  • Reply robert

    total wines have bluepoint in 6 packs, best no hangerover beer ever

    June 10, 2013 at 4:36 pm
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