A Taste of PJBC

Momma Krommydas and I attended “A Taste of Port Jefferson” on Saturday afternoon, a showcase event that presented local restaurants, wineries, bakeries and other eats and drinks on two floors of the Port Jefferson Village Community Center and marked the official debut for Port Jefferson Brewing Company (PJBC), Long Island’s newest nanobrewery founded by home brewer Michael Philbrick.


Assisted by his wife Sharon (pictured above), Philbrick offered samples of three PJBC beers?Boo Brew, Port Jeff Porter and Schooner Ale?and seemed to impress all attendees who ventured near their booth to secure a taste. My favorite of the three was the Port Jeff Porter, a rich blend of caramal, chocolate, and organic honey (obtained from local farmer John Condzella in Wading River) ideal for that crisp, mid-November evening, or, as its description states, “something that a shipbuilder would have enjoyed after a long, hard day in the yard.”

As for Momma, she liked the Boo.


Regardless of our favorite PJBC beer, all three offerings were excellent (the Schooner is a light, continuously hopped Pale Ale perfect for sessionin’), and I am real excited to see what lies ahead for Philbrick and his beer baby.

Other likes at “A Taste of Port Jefferson” included Ruvo’s pumpkin and butternut squash soup, and the thirty cupcakes I consumed courtesy of The Rolling Pin.

Cupcakes. Yum.


niko krommydas

Niko Krommydas has written for Tasting Table, BeerAdvocate, Munchies, and First We Feast. He is editor of Craft Beer New York, an app for the iPhone, and a columnist for Yankee Brew News. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.