There's Always A Second Chance

Location of Origin: 161 River Avenue Patchogue, NY 11772, USA
Date Established: 1998
Category: Subsidiary (of Anheuser Busch) Brewery With some National Distribution, and 60,000 Barrels of Annual Output.

When the world's banking crisis hit home hard (literally), everyone knew of stories where people (or themselves) had sadly lost their houses to bank forclosures. This had happened with businesses too. Car dealerships disappeared off maps almost instantly. Outlet malls and shopping centers became ghost towns. And mom and pop stores? Don't get us or Brian Williams started. But do recessions affect breweries? Although multinationals like AB InBev saw an increase in sales worldwide (probably because people were depressed and just needed a beer... or twelve) during the most recent recession, many smaller regional breweries didn't fare so well. This wasn't the first recession that Blue Point, located about 70 miles east of Wall Street, had endured but what they've done in the past probably helped them for future economic declines. Much of the brewery's main equipment (fermentation tanks, storage tanks, etc.) has been purchased via forclosure auctions from other breweries. Great for Blue Point, which saved money on equipment capital expenditure costs; great for the banks, which off-loaded equipment they probably would rather they didn't have in the first place; and great for the equipment, which had another chance of brewing great beer. And great beer it really is. Blue Point's brews garner many domestic and international awards for quality, taste, and overall greatness. Just goes to show that there really always is a silver lining that is sometimes hard to find. Keep looking. Because like the hopefully near end to this economic downturn, it's there alright. On February 5th, 2014, it was announced that the brewery would be acquired by Anheuser Busch in an effort to expand distribution as well as AB's craft beer portfolio.

Reviewed Beer from Blue Point Brewing Company

8-14-12 - No Apologies Double IPA

All rated Beer from Blue Point Brewing Company

3-25-17 - Mosaic Session IPA - 2.99, American Session IPA, 4.80%
6-11-15 - Toxic Sludge Black IPA - 3.70, American Black IPA, 7.00%
1-16-15 - Oatmeal Stout - 3.22, Oatmeal Stout, 5.20%
8-11-12 - No Apologies Double IPA - 2.52, American Strong/Double IPA, 10.00%
Please see review above.
11-26-11 - Mother Pumpkin Ale - 3.31, Pumpkin Ale, 6.00%
This Fall seasonal beer is a great example of pumpkin based ales in terms of overall character. Very smooth and sweet with an IBU of only 26, this beer features a pumpkin, cinnamon, and spices. A golden amber color invites the fall season in full color. Enjoy with Turkey, Halloween Candy, Stuffing, or by itself.
7-14-11 - Toasted Lager - 3.28, Vienna Lager, 5.30%
The Toasted Lager is Blue Point's flagship brew. Very easy to drink, sweet, malty, and toasty. This beer features an arousing malty aroma and character which makes it nearly addictive for malt based brew fans. It is brewed with six different kinds of malt, and a fine amount of hops to provide a balanced feel and a somewhat bitter finish. This beer goes great with NY pizza, for starters.