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.
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