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Barrage Brewing, ending a 2-year haul, opens its doors in East Farmingdale

Owner-brewer Steve Pominksi inside the new Barrage brewery

Owner-brewer Steve Pominksi inside the new Barrage brewery

Stephen Pominski Jr. has been working on the railroad. Now, he’s also working in a brewery — his own.

Pominski, 52, who works full-time as a trackside tower operator for the Long Island Railroad, has just opened the doors to Long Island’s newest microbrewery, Barrage Brewing Co.,  in East Farmingdale.  He’s been making beer commercially since mid-December after two years of planning and construction.   He’s at the brewery between his LIRR job and time at home, often aided by his son, Adam, 25.

“Now, it’s for real,” said Pominski.  “But it’s still very daunting. It’s still intimidating.”

Barrage is marking the occasion of its opening with launch parties on Jan. 31 at Morrison’s Restaurant in Plainview and on Feb. 1 at Dave Schultzer’s Bellport Cold Soda and Beer.

In addition to these two outlets, Barrage’s beers will be available by the growler ($13 each) at the brewery – on Sundays only, and, eventually at a growing number of bars, among them The Good Life in Massapequa Park , the Black Sheep Ale House in Mineola, and Hoptron Brewtique in Patchogue, and beer distributors with growler taps around Long Island. He plans to self distribute and eventually get his beers into New York City. “Right now, we want to take care of our close area.

The Barrage brewery consists of a 1-bbl. gas-fired stainless steel brewing system. By doing step infusions, Pominski says he can brew twice a day. There also are 10 42-gallon conical fermenters, some of them housed inside two 8×8 walk-in cold rooms. Bags of malt from German, English and American maltsters are stacked on pallets and bins of specialty malts line a wall.

BarrageBrewingLogo smallFinanced with savings and investments by relatives and a successful $18,000 Kickstarter campaign, Pominski’s brewery has its roots in craft beer’s first go-round in the New York area, the early 1990’s. That’s when he discovered the flavorful beers available at Mr. Fadely’s Deli Pub in Patchogue, where he also got to know Blue Point Brewery co-founder Peter Cotter. A homebrewer for 15 years, Steve and his wife, Diana, in 2009 converted a small existing room in their home and their garage into a family room, equipped with a 16-foot bar with two taps for his homebrews. Friends raved about his beer and encouraged him to sell it Soon, the family room became a regular stop for friends and the bar in the garage became known as “The Barrage.” In June 2010, stirred by the opening of nano brewery Barrier in Oceanside, Pominski founded his brewery.

But forming a company and getting to the point where you could sell beer are a formidable challenge. After trying to open in Freeport, N.Y. – zoning issues prevented this from occurring— the search was on for a new location. Landlords didn’t want fumes or sewering was inadequate.  In March 2012, Pominski found his current location. But other obstacles got in the way. The installation of a gas line was delayed six months as National Grid focused on Hurricane Sandy repairs and then Suffolk County decided his sewer lines weren’t up to code and ordered him to dig them up and replace them at a cost of $17,000.

“It’s been anxiety ridden and overwhelming,” Pominski said,. “Now, it’s a relief. But,  he noted, adding that after giving away brews at festivals, now “people are paying for this beer and I have to make sure it’s worth it.”

Pominski is targeting novice craft beer drinkers as well as beer aficionados. His first offering, Fairytale Red Ale, an Irish-style red, “is right down the middle.” Also now on tap are Blackspot, a black rye IPA; Citralization, an all Citra hop American pale ale, and Mclaughlin’s Folly, an oatmeal stout brewed with raisins and vanilla. Other brews, mostly dark and in an Old English vein, will follow, Pominski said. “I really like dark beer.”

The new brewer says he hopes to produce about 300 to 400 barrels of beer during his first year, but admits, “I’ll have to brew a lot.”

You’ll find Barrage Brewing at 32 Allen Boulevard, Unit E. Located behind TJA Auto Collision, less than a block off Route 110. Pull into the driveway along the east side the body shop and count a half dozen or so garage doors. You’ll see Barrage’s name on the window.  Call before you go (516) 986-8066.

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Boston Beer tops craft brewer rankings

Who was America’s biggest craft brewer in 2011?

No surprise, according to the latest rankings from the Brewers Association of Boulder, CO. The answer: Boston Beer Co.

The Brewers Association. a not-for-profit trade group for U.S. breweries, today released its annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on 2011 beer sales volume. Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 36 are small and independent¹ craft brewing companies.

Long Island’s Blue Point Brewery ranked No. 34 among craft brewers and No. 46 overall.

The association, however, listed no statistical data with its rankings, but did say that the ranking was based on beer sales volume.

Boston Beer, brewers of Samuel Adams, was followed in order by Sierra NevadaNew Belgium, The Grambrinus Co., of Texas, and Deschutes Brewery, of Oregon.

“In the last 15 years, craft brewing has gone from one percent of the overall beer market to almost six percent in 2011,” Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association, said in a press release. “We attribute a large part of that growth to the many talented brewers who are providing beer lovers with more beer style and flavor choices than ever before.”

The Brewers Association defines an American craft brewer as small, with production of less than 6 million barrels; independent (less than 25 percent owned by another producer of alcoholic beverages), and traditional, with either an all malt flagship or has at least 50 percent of its volume in either all malt beers or in beers which use adjuncts to enhance rather than lighten flavor.

Boston Beer also ranked as America’s No. 5 overall brewery–behind  Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, Pabst and Yuengling.

Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies
(Based on 2011 beer sales volume)

1.  Boston Beer Co. (Samuel Adams)

2.   Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

3. New Belgium Brewing Co.

4. The Gambrinus Company (Shiner, Bridgeport, Trumer Pils)

5.   Deschutes Brewery

6.  Matt Brewing Co. (Saranac)

7. Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

8. Harpoon Brewery

9. Lagunitas Brewing Co.

10. Boulevard Brewing Co.

11. Stone Brewing Company

12. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

13. Brooklyn Brewery

14. Alaskan Brewing & Bottling Co.

15. Long Trail Brewing Co.

16. Shipyard Brewing Co.

17. Abita Brewing Co.

18. Great Lakes Brewing Co.

19. New Glarus Brewing Co.

20. Full Sail Brewing Co.

21. Summit Brewing Co.

22. Anchor Brewing Co.

23. Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

24.  Sweetwater Brewing Co.

25. Rogue Ales Brewery

26. Flying Dog Brewery

27.  Victory Brewing Co.

28. CraftWorks Breweries & Restaurants

29. Oskar Blues Brewery

30. Odell Brewing Co.

31. Stevens Point Brewery Co.

32. Ninkasi Brewing Co.

33. BJ’s Chicago Pizza & Brewery, Inc.

34. Blue Point Brewing Co.

35. Bear Republic Brewing Co.

36.  Lost Coast Brewery Cafe

37. Big Sky Brewing Co.

38. North Coast Brewing Co. Inc.

39. Saint Louis Brewery, Inc./Schlafly Bottleworks

40. Gordon Biersch Brewing Co.

41 Breckenridge Brewery

42 Founders Brewing Co.

43 Saint Arnold Brewing Co.

44 Karl Strauss Brewing Co.

45. Real Ale Brewing Co.

46. Mac and Jack’s Brewery Inc.

47. Smuttynose Brewing Co.

48. Utah Brewers Cooperative (Wasatch, Squatters_

49. Left Hand Brewing Co.

50.  Anderson Valley Brewing Co. (tie)

Four Peaks Brewing Co. (tie)


Top 50 Overall Brewing Companies 

1 Anheuser-Busch Inc. (Includes Bass, Beck’s, Busch, Goose Is, Landshark, Michelob, Rolling Rock, Shock Top, Wild Blue)

2 MillerCoors ( includes A.C. Golden, Batch 19, Blue Moon, Colorado Native, Herman Joseph, Keystone, Killian’s and Leinenkugel’s)

3. Pabst Brewing Co.  (Schlitz and 28 other brand families)

4. D. G. Yuengling and Son Inc.

5. Boston Beer Co.

6.North American Breweries (Dundee, Genesee, Labatt Lime, Magic Hat and Pyramid)

7. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

8. New Belgium Brewing Co.

9. Craft Brewers Alliance, Inc. (Kona, Red Hook and Widmer Brothers)

10. The Gambrinus Company (BridgePort, Shiner and Trumer)

11. Deschutes Brewery

12. Matt Brewing Co. (Includes Saranac, Flying Bison)

13. Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

14.Minhas Craft Brewery (Huber,  Mountain Crest and 9 other brand)

15. Harpoon Brewery

16. Lagunitas Brewing Co.

17. Boulevard Brewing Co.

18. Stone Brewing Co.

19. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

20. Brooklyn Brewery

21. Alaskan Brewing and Bottling Co.

22. Long Trail Brewing Co.

23. August Schell Brewing Co. (includes Grain Belt)

24. Shipyard Brewing Co.

25. Abita Brewing Co.

26. World Brews/Winery Exchange (private labels)

27. Great Lakes Brewing Co.

28. New Glarus Brewing Co.

29. Full Sail Brewing Co.

30. Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

31. Summit Brewing Co.

32. Anchor Brewing Co.

33. Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

34. Cold Spring Brewing Co. (Gluek and 17 other brand families)

35. Sweetwater Brewing Co.

36. Rogue Ales Brewery

37. Mendocino Brewing Co. (includes Butte Creek, Kingfisher and Olde Saratoga)

38. Flying Dog Brewery

39.Victory Brewing Co.

40. CraftWorks Breweries & Restaurants (A1A, Big River, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants, Rock Bottom Restaurants, Ragtime and Seven Bridges brewpubs)

41. Oskar Blues Brewery & Tasty Weasel Tap Room

42. Odell Brewing Co.

43. Stevens Point Brewery Co. (includes James Page and Whole Hog brands)

44. Ninkasi Brewing Co.

45. BJ’s Chicago Pizza & Brewery

46. Blue Point Brewing Co.

47. Bear Republic Brewing Co.

48. Goose Island Brewing Co. (sold in 2011 in Anheuser-Busch)

49. Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

50. Narragansett Brewing Co.

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