A couple of weeks ago, Holly Kay wrote the first guest blog post (you can read that over HERE!) about the beginning of her Craft Beer journey, which involved our friends at the Long Island Beer and Malt Enthusiasts (LIBME), and one particular instance where she ate spicy pork with ghost peppers.
In our time with LIBME, we got to know Bobby Rodriguez, the multi-talented beer lover, beer judge, pepperhead (who do you think gave Holly that pork with ghost peppers?), brewer and cider maker extraordinaire. Two weekends ago, after years of homebrewing and hard work building the brewery and tasting room, Bobby opened up Po’ Boy Brewery, in Port Jefferson Station, which is Long Island’s only Farm Brewery and Cidery (meaning the beer and cider must come primarily from locally grown farm ingredients.), and one of the few spaces in the country that is legally allowed to both brew and serve cider and beer in the same location.
Bobby and his team worked long and hard, and built the space themselves, while still working full-time jobs, and you can feel the love and care that was put into the space (I’ll put up plenty of pictures). They opened their doors to the public on January 27th.
I brought my whole family over to the brewery, located feet from the Port Jefferson LIRR station, on Sunday, January 29th (so all you NYC Folk, you can take the train out to Port Jeff, hit up Po’ Boy, and then a quick Uber ride down the hill to C’est Cheese and Port Jeff Brewing Company, and then stop at Port Jeff Beverage for a beer to take on the train with you!).
When you walk in, it’s like stepping out of an industrial park (behind Fun 4 All Port Jay), and into the bayous of Louisiana.
Vines hang from the ceiling, the wallpaper depicts scenes from a beautiful green forest, animal heads adorn the walls, the bar is made of gorgeous dark hardwood, with 8 tap handles that look like thick tree branches, that directly contrast the brilliant gold metal draft system attached to the wall. All the signage looks like Tom Sawyer painted it on broken pieces of fence. It’s simply magical. You step out of Port Jefferson and into a magical world of enchanting elixirs!
Bobby had 4 beers and 4 ciders on draft (also, an alligator on duty).
Days of Ray, a classic Golden Ale, crisp, with honey sweetness from the malt.
Old Kentuckian, a Kentucky Common, bold, malty, and sweet.
Hopalescence, an IPA, malt forward, with herbal hop character.
Darkel, a classic Dry Irish Stout, with roast coffee and chocolate flavors.
Straight Up, a common cider, sweet, dry, crisp and fruity.
Merry Moscato, a moscato flavored cider, reminiscent of the sweet wine.
Berry Blush, a mixed berry cider, with beautiful sweetness from the berries.
Sangria Sunset, a sangria flavored cider, with dark cherry and fresh, citrus fruit.
The beers are tasty, and in various malt-forward styles, a refreshing change from all the hop forward beers I usually gravitate towards, but Bobby’s ciders truly shine (or I guess I should say, sparkle).
I think the consensus was that the Sangria Sunset was our favorite, as evidenced by this photograph:
A beautiful tribute to our late friend Ed Hahne. Ed was a music teacher with my Mom for many years, and was also a member of LIBME with his amazing wife, Lee Ann. I remember he used to bring his home brew to parties at my parents house when I was little. My Dad found this photo in the entryway to the brew house as he walked around with my Nephew, Silas. We love and miss you, Ed!
I visited again the following weekend, and Bobby was selling a limited New England Tropic Cider, made with cranberries (New England) and pineapple (Tropic!). My brother Chris and I kicked the keg it was so damn good.
Thank you Bobby and Wesam for your hospitality! You can tell how much love and hard work you put into the tasting room, and into the beer and ciders themselves. We’ll absolutely be back!
Until next time!