Last weekend was spent at official Port Jefferson Brewing Company headquarters (see: abandoned milkshake factory located infinity leagues beneath the vast Long Island Sound), where founder Michael Philbrick brewed a batch of his tentatively titled “Ryes-N-Bock,” a Weizenbock style that pays homage to one of his favorite beers, Victory’s Moonglow.


While Michael labored over the creation of the 8.11% brew (comprised of Maris Otter, Rye Malt, Flaked Rye, Flaked Wheat, Perle and Belgian Yeast), I lounged back on an adjacent recliner and sampled a smokey, 9.70% Imperial IPA he’s also been tinkering with over the last few weeks. As a fan of smoked beer (Blind Bat Brewery’s Hellsmoke Porter immediately comes to mind), I loved Philbrick’s combination of savory, lingering meat-like flavor with intense hops.

Looking forward to more Port Jefferson Brewing Company concoctions in the future.