Brewery: Port Jeff Brewing Company
Jeff Brewing Company is a small production micro brewery located in downtown
Port Jefferson. The brewery features a seven-barrel system capable of producing
217 gallons (roughly 86 cases) per brew. Adjacent to the production facility is
their quaint, cozy tasting room, which opened in October of 2011 and features a
number of taps atop a hand crafted wooden boat bar. All tastings are on the
house, but once you taste their product you’ll surely be looking to take some
home with you!
Mike Philbrick, is a Port Jefferson native who brewed his own beer for roughly a
decade before graduating from The World Brewing Academy at Siebel Institute in
Chicago. His passion for craft beer is extremely apparent and led him to
introduce his recipes to not only Port Jefferson, but all of Long Island.
our visit to the brewery we were lucky enough to sample the eight beers that
were available on tap, starting with the Old Field Light (5% ABV). Ideal for
someone who isn’t necessarily a craft beer drinker, Old Field Light is a
golden ale that is light in color and full of flavor compared to other light
Schooner Ale (6.3% ABV) is a pale ale and one of their most popular beers sold
to local bars and restaurants. Both craft beer and non craft beer drinkers are
bound to enjoy this ale as it offers a citrus flavoring from the hops, a slight
nutty flavor and an overwhelming sweetness from the maris otter grain used to
make the beer. Maris otter is a base grain found in a majority of the beers
brewed in their facility.
with yeast from Weihenstephan Brewery in Germany, the Ryes-N-Bok (7.1% ABV) is a
dry beer made with rye, not with wheat like the beer he was originally imitating
when this brew was created. The yeast is very recognizable and tastes different
(in a good way) than your standard American craft beer.
Cold North Wind (8.5% ABV) is a strong, subdued barley wine and a favorite
amongst regulars. A barley wine is a beer that is considered to be “wine
strength”. Mike referred to this beer as a “kitchen sink beer” because it
was created right in his own home using a combination of ingredients, including
eight malts and three different types of hops.
those of you who do not prefer dark beers, the Porter (6.5% ABV) might be able
to convert you. We were lucky enough to sample a Porter that was aged in an oak
barrel for three months with whiskey. Once taken out of the barrel, the yeast is
so dormant that sugar is added for carbonation, as is some local organic honey.
This beer is very smooth and presents smoky, coffee-like flavor.
Starboard Oatmeal Stout (9.0% ABV) features the highest alcohol content and has
a similar malt to the porter, but made without the honey and with the addition
of raisins and brown sugar.
Low Tide (7.2% ABV) is a black IPA (India Pale Ale) made with citra hops, a
popular hop that is extremely hard to get. The slight roast from the malt
makes it a fan favorite in the tasting room and beyond.
we tasted the Runaway Ferry IPA (7.5% ABV), which is dry hopped, but not too
much. It is a “love it or hate it” type of beer with a strong hop flavor.
There are only a few breweries that make a beer this high in hops and Port Jeff
Brewing Company is one of them.
of what you sample in the tasting room can be purchased and taken home in a keg,
growler or special release bottles (when available). You’ll even find select
beers from Port Jeff Brewing Company throughout Long Island and New York City
bars, restaurants and various other retail beer outlets.
Port Jeff Brewing Company
22B Mill Creek Road
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
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Other Featured Craft Beers
UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen
Consistent with the hefeweizen style, this beer is unfiltered and cloudy
with a solid foamy head. UFO Raspberry has a distinctive, hazy rose color.
The scent of fresh raspberries hits the nose immediately, along with a subtle
bready aroma from the wheat and yeast. The body is light and the
unfiltered yeast provides a soft mouthfeel. The taste of the fruit
compliments the beer nicely, neither overwhelms the other. There is a
faint sweetness on the palate, which finishes cleanly in a semi-dry, tart
Three Philosophers Quadruple Ale
The essence of wonder is a unique and masterful blend of strong malty ale
and authentic Belgian Kriek. Our philosophers deduce that this powerful marriage
of cherries, roasted malts, and dark chocolate will only achieve more wisdom and
coherence as it broods in the dark recesses of your cellar.
A delightful accompaniment for roasted
meats, rich cheeses, desserts, and for after dinner sipping as with a fine port.
Ommegang Abbey Ale Dubbel
Ommegang, our first brew, was inspired by the centuries-old brewing
practices of the Belgian Trappist monks. This burgundian brew gives off a
variety of aromas, including plum and cinnamon, and packs in flavors such as
caramel, toffee, and licorice. At 8.5% abv, it is known to cause spontaneous
meditation. Savory dishes, meats, slow-cooked French dishes made with pork,
lamb, rabbit, beef, carbonnades, hotchpot, marinated roasts, barbeque, rich
cheeses, almost every dessert.
Hennepin Farmhouse Saison Ale
As you pour this rich golden ale into your glass, consider your
surroundings. Are you in a restaurant? Outside on the deck? Is it hot and humid?
Cold and brisk? Take a drink. Feel the way Hennepin is bright and lively in your
mouth with a warming mix of spicy gingersnap and citrusy hops. Refreshing.
Relaxing. It's true: no matter where you are, Hennepin is the perfect ale for
Apple-Éphémère possesses a fresh
apple aroma with reminiscent notes of "Granny Smith" and
"McIntosh" a subtle flavor of green apple is complemented by delicate
notes of fruit and spice topped by a rich white head.
Excellent as an aperitif, very
refreshing and a perfect accompaniment for tapas, cream and light cheeses as
well as any apple or pear desserts.
It is the third of series of fruit
based "Blanche" beers. Brewed from 100% first quality natural
ingredients with a perfect blend of spring barley, wheat, apple wort, spices and
A swirling dynamo of flavor, with a steady calm of satisfaction at its heart,
that's Whirlwind Witbier. Offering a tamed tempest of flavors both spicy and
sublime, this softly fermented ale greets the nose and tingles the tongue.
Imported Belgian yeast charges Whirlwind with an energy all its own. It is a
refreshing interpretation of the classic, Belgian 'white beer' style.
A Brew That’s Out Of This World!
native Dudley Cates is the founder and “Renai-suds” man behind Crop Circle
Beer. Cates partnered with Mark
Burford of the Blue Point Brewing Co. in Patchogue, N.Y., to create the unique
formula for this beer. The Crop Circle Beer concept was born out of Dudley’s
fascination with the crop circles that began appearing in English grain fields
in the 1970s.
Cates' Crop Circle Beer is brewed with barley grown in one of those fields. Blue
Point Brewing Co. brewed the English-style golden amber ale using eight tons of
Crop Circle Optic pale malt from Warminster Maltings in Wiltshire, England.
malt is made from barley grown in the fields of Wiltshire farmer Tim Carson.
The Barley fields of England’s Wiltshire County are famed for some of
the most intricate and unexplainable crop circles ever discovered.
something very interesting as yet unexplained going on in those fields,"
Cates said. "Crop circles carry an aura of mystery. I thought to myself,
this phenomenon is real." Dudley says there are still crop circles
appearing in the fields.
says, “The barley that comes from these fields has a depth and richness
that’s not found anywhere else”. We
have had the good fortune of tasting this brew on many occasions. In fact we
have been present at many tasting events where the first thing attendees say
after tasting the beer is “where can I get this stuff.”