Barrage Brewing Company Interview, Debuts Saturday

Following last Friday’s well-received premiere of “Eleven Questions with…” featuring new East Islip microbrewery Ghost Cat Brewing, who debuted with a “Free Tasting Party”?also well-received?at The Cortland on Monday, Super Neat now introduces Barrage Brewing Company of Freeport two days prior to their first official event: Saturday’s 2011 Nano Cask Ale Festival at DEKS American Restaurant in Rocky Point.

Barrage Brewing Company is operated by founder and head brewer Steve Pominski, a homebrewer who “first started brewing about 15 or 20 years ago with a friend but really got the bug in the last three years and started on a regular basis.” The following are quotes from Pominski on a variety of Barrage Brewing Company topics:


“I want to brew beers for the average guy who, right now, only drinks beer from the cookie-cutter breweries and be able broaden their taste for different beers. But, at the same time, I want to create beers that the craft beer lover would go out of their way to drink. I spend lots of time adjusting and reformulating many of the recipes that I use, until I feel they are just where I want them to be. It’s all about producing a beer that not only tastes fantastic but also gives an unbelievable aroma and looks so enticing to the drinker.”

Beer portfolio:

“I have a few core beers that will be the signature beers of the brewery: 1) East Coast Ale, which is a take on a California Common but with some rye added for dryness, 2) Golden Goddess Ale, which is a VERY golden ale, 3) Black Spot IPA, a black rye IPA, 4) Endless Summer Ale, a light-bodied ale brewed with Sorachi Ace hops at only 3.5% ABV, and 5) 2nd Ave IPA, an IPA brewed with 5 different hop varieties. Seasonals will come with the demand for them. If people want something special during the different seasons then I will gladly produce them to satisfy their needs. As for one time releases, I don’t think I can have one time releases, especially if it is well received…I would feel compelled to brew it again.”

Company growth:

“I think it will be in small steps at first. I have a full time job that is demanding and would not leave unless the brewery was taking off and the demand for the beer I was producing was as great. I do really want to stay small, only serving the Long Island and Manhattan areas, this way if you want to have a great beer produced by Barrage Brewing then you will have to come to Long Island to get some.”

Speculation on official launch:

“The official launch for the brewery is realistically looking like the spring of 2012, due to the amount of time it takes to get the federal and state licensing done for a nanobrewery. During that time, I will be formulating other recipes and purchasing more equipment* so when the time comes, I will be ready to provide quality and unique beers for all of Long Island and Manhattan.”

*”The brewery is a 1BBL system, but will be upgraded to a 3 or 4 BBL in the coming year.”

More information on Barrage Brewing Company’s debut event, the 2011 Long Island Nano Cask Ale Festival, can be found here.

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.