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!