Greenport Harbor Brewing Company: Hot Hot Hot! August 2, 2018
But, you might ask, weren’t you at Greenport Brewery recently? Yes, we were, but we only sampled five of the many brews on offer, plus they’re always adding new ones. Besides, it was very hot, and a nice cool beer seemed like just the right drink for the day. And so it was.
As we looked around the large room in the Peconic facility (their other tasting room is in Greenport), we discussed the interesting choice the brewery had made in the décor. After all, the building was built new to their specifications, but it has the look of an old, converted warehouse, with cement floors and exposed beams. We also paid attention to some of the art on offer, including prints by the designer of their creative labels, and a huge turtle up in the rafters made from upcycled beach flotsam and jetsam.
In addition to art, you can also purchase t-shirts or bike shirts and growlers or cans to take home.
As before, we wrote down our choices of five beers from the menu of thirteen choices. $12 for the five samples. The server poured them in the order we listed them, and then, immediately understanding my request, numbered them in the order in which they should be tasted. That’s important, because a lighter tasting brew will seem tasteless if you have it after a heavier one.
We also decided to get one of their huge hot pretzels again, which comes with mustard and a warm cheese dipping sauce. We actually didn’t finish it, and barely had room for dinner! We saw one group of people offer their leftover pretzel to some strangers. One other note—they request and then hold onto your credit card until you return the panoply of glasses from your tasting.
- Summer Ale 5% % ABV (Alcohol by volume)
This is the perfect quaff for after you’ve been working in the garden on a hot summer day. It is light and citrusy, neither bitter nor sweet. The menu describes it as a blonde ale with honey. We decided another way to characterize it would be as tasting the way Budweiser should taste.
- Harbor Ale 5.3% ABV (Alcohol by volume)
They’ve been making this light ale ever since they opened, and I can see why. It’s a classic, not too hoppy, tasty ale. It has more flavor than the Summer Ale, but is still a relatively unchallenging beer. Also a good summer drink, it would go perfectly with barbequed hot dogs.
- Peconic Project 8%
Why the name? Because it is actually brewed at the Peconic facility. This is an Imperial IPA, with aromas of nutmeg and flowers. We like it. It’s mellow, not heavy, with lemon rind and other citrus flavors. I’d happily drink this with a hot pastrami or corned beef on rye.
- Otherside IPA 6.8%
This is my favorite of the day, a well-balanced IPA with just the right amount of bitterness and citrus. It is another beer that would go well with food, like the tacos I’m planning to make this weekend. Otherside, by the way, refers to the fact that the hops for this IPA come from the other side of the country, as in the west coast.
- The Holy Black Lager 5.4%
Described on the menu as a “Schwartzbier,” which simply means black beer, this is relatively light for a dark brew. If you are looking for a Guinness analog, this is not for you. On the other hand, it is summer, so a relatively light dark beer might be fine. I detect both an aroma and a flavor of coffee, plus something vegetal. I get into a brief conversation with some of the brewers who are hanging out at the bar, sampling their wares, and they say something about making this beer in cooperation with “our friends at The Holy Black”?
Reasons to visit: you like beer; the chance to try a variety of interesting brews; a restaurant with both snacks and more substantial fare on offer; you can bring your dog to the outside beer garden or the bar, but not the restaurant section; the Harbor Ale and the Otherside IPA; you can fill a growler to take home.