Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.
The other night I got to try the brand new Blue Point Brewing Company beer (during a tasting at Eli Cannon's Tap Room), which was great. Even better than the drink, though, was the company as I got a chance to talk to Blue Point's area representative, Jamal Robinson, all about the new happenings over at this very solid Long Island brewery.
First, as mentioned above, Blue Point has a brand new year-round beer out. This beer, called Mosaic Session IPA, is a great year-round brew. Fashioned to be hoppy without too much bitters, the beer pulls quickly, sharply, then fades to a fairly neutral after-taste pretty quickly. Jamal explained to me that the beer was intentionally brewed with multiple layers of the hop taste; Blue Point wasn't just satisfied with a typical bitter IPA, they wanted one with more texture that would be suited to year round drinking. This new beer is out on draft now and 6-packs will be forthcoming: they are taking their time doing a full roll out.
The talk turned to cans next. Mosaic may be getting put into cans at some point (which would be great, and a definite staple in my spring/summer beer rotation), and Jamal also said that Blue Point is working on having a rotating selection of 16 oz. cans available. So far in the rotation is Toxic Sludge, then White IPA, and then RastafaRye. Blue Point is still waiting to install a permanent canning line, but as soon as they do it's nice to see they have a plan of attack to release Blue Point cans upon beer drinkers everywhere!
The end of the conversation included talk about what's coming up soon from the brewery. Jamal told me that Blue Point is working on a Small Batch series that will include a Double Pilsner, an Imperial Red, and a West Coast IPA (basically a double sized Mosaic). Besides that Blue Point will once again be hosting Cask Fest on April 12th. This is a day of experimental casking that will boast 35 different breweries, bands, and other excitement going on. This event is largely acclaimed and highly recommended for anyone looking to experience beer the old fashioned way --out of a wooden vessel!
It was a great time at Eli's with Jamal and Blue Point (as usual); if you want to know more about Blue Point, check out their site. Then follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and G+ for more hot-off-the press local beer info and views!