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.

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.