Blue Point Brews Anniversary Beer for Croxley’s, Pre Game Party Cask Tasting Preview


The ________ was created in 1992 by ________ and designed to alleviate chronic symptoms of ________ and ________. Chris Werle and Jeff Piciullo also created something in 1992, but to alleviate thirst on Long Island: They opened a 12-draft bar, Croxley’s Ale House, in Franklin Square.

Blue Point Brewing Company, a Blue Point-based brewery owned by Mark Burford and Pete Cotter, brewed a liquid gift in 2012 to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Croxley’s Ale House. The aptly named beer, Croxley’s 20th Anniversary Ale, is a 7.00% ABV red ale featuring 20 ingredients—11 malt types and 9 hop varieties—to represent each year of aliveness for Croxley’s, which now possesses locations in Farmingdale, Franklin Square, New York, Rockville Centre, and Smithtown.

“They are the legacy for craft beer on Long Island,” says Burford. “I’ve known them from the beginning, when I owned a homebrewing store [New York Homebrew] in Floral Park. It was a natural thing to do.”

“Mark [Burford] has always been a regular customer,” says Werle, who currently owns with Piciullo, Ed Davis, Joe Rodriguez, and Joe Mendolia. “We wanted a West Coast-style red ale. They came up with the idea to have 20 ingredients.”


A cask of Croxley’s 20th Anniversary Ale pours at Pre Game Party Cask Tasting at 6:00PM. The event, hosted at Croxley’s Farmingdale location, is the pre-start of Long Island Craft Beer Week.

Beer List

Ballast Point Brewing Company Sculpin IPA
Barrier Brewing Company Money IPA (Dry-Hopped w/Citra, Primed w/Nectarines)
Blue Point Brewing Company Croxley’s 20th Anniversary Ale
Great South Bay Brewery Blood Orange Pale Ale
Green Flash Brewing Company West Coast IPA
Long Ireland Beer Company Celtic Ale (Whiskey Barrel-Aged)
Port Jeff Brewing Company Big Boy Birch Stout
Port Jeff Brewing Company H³ (Tripel H)


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.