Greenport Harbor Creates Devil’s Plaything IPA for Salvation Taco

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Greenport Harbor Brewing Company has created a DEMONIC house beer for Salvation Taco, one of four New York restaurants owned by Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield.

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Greenport Harbor Brewing Company has created a house beer for Salvation Taco, one of four New York restaurants owned by Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield. The proprietary liquid, Devil’s Plaything, is a 5.20% ABV IPA brewed with oranges, limes, dried bitter orange peel, and guajillo and Thai bird chiles. The collaboration originated during a conversation between Sam Anderson, bar manager of the neon-drenched taqueria, and Bill Brooks, beer manager of The Breslin Bar & Dining Room.

“We were discussing cocktails and [Anderson] was working on an IPA syrup with serrano peppers,” says Brooks. “I thought it would actually make a great beer, if we could control the amount of heat and bring out some of the berry and fruitier notes of spicy peppers. We wanted something to compliment the food without overpowering guests.”

Brooks contacted Greenport Harbor Brewing Company during New York City Beer Week in February. The Greenport-based brewery, owned by John Liegey and Richard Vanderburgh, is one of Brooks’ favorite purchases for inventory, “especially anything from Project Hoppiness.” The parties joined to discuss the custom beer’s components.

“We blended and tasted spice teas to focus our palates on the different elements we wanted to bring together in the beer,” says Greg Doroski, assistant brewer at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company. “We loved the bright acidity, berry notes, and subtle heat from the blend of chiles and added oranges and dried bitter orange peel to bolster the citrus character.”

Friedman and Bloomfield are also proprietors of The Breslin Bar & Dining Room, The Spotted Pig, and The John Dory Oyster Bar. And each establishment pours a house beer. While Salvation Taco’s pepper-infused exclusive may deter some, Doroski assures Devil’s Plaything IPA won’t destroy palates.

“You won’t need a glass of milk after your first sip to calm the heat,” says Doroski. “I would say it’s an IPA first, with support from the chiles and citrus. As with everything we brew, we sought balance with this beer.”

Devil’s Plaything IPA was released on May 22.

Super Neat Beer Descriptors//Greenport Harbor Brewing Company Devil’s Plaything IPA

Citrus
Spicy
Throat-tingly
Bitter
OJ