Last Saturday, January 31st, patrons braved the cold and leftover snow to attend the annual Long Island Cask Beer Festival held at the Rocky Point Clubhouse. The event, now in its sixth year, is put on by Rocky Point Artisan Brewers and has become a cult favorite for Long Island beer enthusiasts. As the name indicates, the beer is all conditioned in and served from casks as opposed to kegs or bottles.
Breweries in attendance ranged from established Port Jeff Brewing Company, who opened their doors in 2011, to Po' Boy Brewery, 1940's Brewing Company and The Brewers Collective, who all operate out of A Taste of Long Island in Farmingdale and celebrated their launch just a few weeks ago. A new and welcome addition to this year's festival were a mini farmers market offering treats like Backyard Brine pickles and cheese plates from The Big Cheese.
Among the offerings on tap were Yada Yada Yada, a Seinfeld inspired sweet Brown Ale from Barrage Brewing, Pekko's Gift, an unhopped, unboiled traditional Finnish Sahti from The Brewers Collective and a Keller Helles Dopple Bock from host brewery Rocky Point Artisan Brewers. Homebrew clubs Long Island Beer and Malt Enthusiasts and Brewers East End Revival were both represented, as many Long Island nano breweries got their start in either LIBME or BEER.
Each year the LI Cask Beer Festival showcases unique, often rare and experimental offerings from small local breweries. The intimate setting allows patrons to interact with brewers, ask questions about the beer and offer feedback—something that is not always possible at more crowded events. If you're curious about cask ales but can't wait until next January, several Long Island breweries offer cask beer at points throughout the year so keep an eye out.
Top Photo: Rob Hansult
See below for more photos of the event.