After Sandy, Barrier Brewing in Oceanside suffered significant flooding, and lost equipment and beer, as seen in this photo they posted to Facebook
We told you a couple weeks ago about the destruction that Sandy brought upon Oceanside, Long Island’s Barrier Brewing. The brewers are estimating that they suffered over $100,000 in damage from the storm. That’s a tough pill to swallow, considering they just invested half a million dollars into a new facility earlier this year. A lot of people have been asking how they can support this small brewery in their time of need, and there are two events lined up in the coming weeks to help them out.
First, this Sunday at Alewife (5-14 51st Ave., at 5th St., Long Island City), they’ll host a benefit for Barrier starting at 2pm. They’ll have some special bottles of beer donated by friends of the bar available for sample with a monetary donation of your own to Barrier. Alewife, coincidentally, is still pouring Barrier’s Mare Undarum and Imposter on tap - some of the last kegs they’ll have for a while.
Speaking of Alewife, they’ll be hosting an IPA and Curry Fest this weekend, with over 20 different renown IPAs and a selection of six delicious curries ranging from Pumpkin and Peanut to a Ghost Chili Curry (!). A portion of those proceeds will support The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.
There’s another Barrier benefit on Long Island on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. On November 25th from 1-5pm, Tap and Barrel (558 Smithtown Bypass, at Hauppauge Blvd., Smithtown) will host their Benefit for Barrier. A $50 charge will get you access to great beer from Long Island’s brewers, like Greenport Harbor, Port Jeff, Spider Bite, Great South Bay, and more. Plus, there will be live music, a free pint glass, and a 50/50 raffle and t-shirt sale with proceeds going to Barrier.
So, if you’re looking for a way to support a local brewery, those are two ways to do it besides just drinking their beer. But you could do that, too!