A Sunday at Blind Bat Brewery

Super Neat ventured to Centerport last Sunday to visit Paul Dlugokencky and the craft nanobrewery he operates out of his home’s garage, Blind Bat Brewery.

After a quick tour of the premises?including a peak at his new 3-BBL (which brews 93 gallons) system?and following a cute lick-attack by Dlugokencky’s two dogs, we tasted samples of two test batches on tap in his kitchen: Long Island Potato Stout and Hell Gate Belgian-Style Golden Ale.

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The Long Island Potato Stout is an extra-dry stout brewed with locally-grown, organic potatoes, and is “twice mashed”?once to the potatoes, and then the potatoes to the grain. This process provides the stout’s “extra-dry” mouth. Hell Gate, a fluffy golden ale, is still being tweaked, and Dlugokencky wants to attempt one more test batch before releasing it, “with a bit more coriander,” he said.

He expects both beers to be ready for public consumption by December or January.

Before leaving, Super Neat was lucky to snag a bottle of Blind Bat’s alder and apple wood-smoked Hellsmoke Porter, so expect a review soon.