Fire Island Beer Company Releases Sea Salt Ale, First New Beer Since 2010


Since Fire Island is synonymous with summer, creating a beer dedicated to the 32-mile stretch’s most human-inhabited season seemed inevitable for Fire Island Beer Company. After four years of existence, the inevitable is now pouring.

Fire Island Beer Company has released Sea Salt Ale, a 5.20% ABV blonde ale brewed with Atlantic sea salt.

“It’s a light beer with some salinity, citrus, and a nice fluffy head,” says Bert Fernandez, co-owner. “It’s perfect for the summer.”

Fernandez opened Fire Island Beer Company with his brother, Tom, and cousin, Jeff Glassman, in 2009. The trio started homebrewing in Atlantique, a Fire Island-located community, in 1999 and introduced samples to customers while working at The Shack, a local snack bar.

Sea Salt Ale is only its fifth beer, and the first since releasing Frozen Tail Ale in 2010 (the deer-branded company started with an amber flagship, Lighthouse Ale, and followed with Red Wagon IPA and Pumpkin Barrel Ale). Fernandez has wanted to create a summer beer for two years. They started test-batching Sea Salt Ale in January.

“It was time to start expanding the portfolio, and a summer beer was the next logical season for us,” says Fernandez. “We tried some styles with salt, but we didn’t want to make a gose. A blonde worked real nicely.”

Sea Salt Ale is also the first Fire Island Beer Company liquid contracted by Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford, Connecticut. The 100-barrel brewery, co-owned by Phil Markowski, former brewmaster of Southampton Publick House, is beer-making for others desiring increased production and businesses without a physical space. Fire Island Beer Company, the latter, was previously contracted by Olde Saratoga Brewing Company in Saratoga Springs, New York.

The Cortland hosts a kickoff for Fire Island Beer Company Sea Salt Ale at the YMCA Boulton Center on June 05. The event also features a screening of the 1985 film, The Goonies.



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.