Blind Bat Brewery…and his (Village) People

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Paul Dlugokencky, owner and brewmaster of Blind Bat Brewery (Credit: Matt Furman)

This is a line from Paul Dlugokencky’s new song, “In the Recipe”:

I want you,
I want you,
I want you for a recipe review.

Dlugokencky, who released “In the Recipe” on April 09, is owner and brewmaster of Blind Bat Brewery, the first recipient of Super Neat Beer Adventure, Yes!!’s Most Loyal To Local Award!

Congratulations, Blind Bat!

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Blind Bat operates from Dlugokencky’s residence—his shed, specifically—in Centerport, creating unconventional beers with seasonal, Long Island-sourced ingredients. Sweet Potato Saison, for example, is brewed with sweet potatoes from Riverhead’s Ty Llwyd Farm or Peconic’s Sang Lee Farms, depending on availability, while Brown Joe, a coffee-infused brown ale, is a collaboration with Gentle Brew Coffee Roasters in Long Beach. Dlugokencky also sources ingredients from his wife, Regina, who soil-creates basil for Honey & Basil Ale and coriander for Hell Gate Golde—

BUT DID YOU KNOW BEFORE BREWMASTERING, DLUGOKENCKY WAS KNOWN AS DISCO DLUGOKENCKY, THE YOUNGEST MEMBER OF THE VILLAGE PEOPLE? YES HE WAS THE GROUP’S BREAKDANCER AT ONLY SIX YEARS OLD. THIS JUST BLOWED YOUR MIND LIKE ALL THE LINKS PEOPLE POST ON FACEBOOK ABOUT 47 EPIC FACTS ABOUT THINGS THAT WILL COMPLETELY ALTER YOUR VIEW OF THE WORLD AND KANYE WEST.

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Disco Dlugokencky, the Village People’s six-year-old breakdancer, in 1978 (Credit: Paul Dlugokencky)

Okay. Dlugokencky was never a member of the Village People, but the influence is obvious. His aforementioned song, “In the Recipe,” was actually inspired by the Village People’s “In the Navy.”

In the Recipe,
You can tell me what you liked,
In the Recipe,
I hope you think I brewed this right.

Okay. The connection between Dlugokencky and the Village People is actually nonexistent, and “In the Recipe” is not a real song. A connection does exist, however, between Dlugokencky and HIS Village People, or customers. This is evidenced by a section on Blind Bat’s website, Judge, which enables drinkers to give direct-to-Dlugokencky feedback on his beers.

“Feedback can be helpful, and also helps me to learn if what I was aiming for is what folks are getting,” said Dlugokencky. “Tweaks may or may not be made based on feedback, but it is a bit of audience participation.”

This “audience participation” actually inspired Dlugokencky’s newest-newest song, “Macho Fan.” It was released…now.

Macho, Macho Fan,
When they review my beer,
They are a Macho Fan.

Okay. “Macho Fan” is bogus. Redo!

Dlugokencky’s latest request for “audience participation” accompanied the debut of Blind Bat’s Long Island Oyster Stout, brewed with oysters from Northport Fish & Lobster Co. (their befriendment started at Northport Farmers’ Market, where both are vendors). The 10-gallon batch was divided into two versions, and Dlugokencky pumped one with Sorachi Ace hops.

“I haven’t heard of any stout dry-hopped with Sorachi Ace, be it Oyster or otherwise,” said Dlugokencky. “Sorachi Ace can lend a lemony, citrusy quality, so the idea here was inspired by the practice by some people squeezing lemon on their oysters.”

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Blind Bat Brewery released two versions of Long Island Oyster Stout on November 23

After releasing both versions of Long Island Oyster Stout at Babylon Village Farmers Market on November 23, Dlugokencky asked purchasers for their opinions on Facebook, Twitter, and Untappd.

“I likes both, but prefer the non-dry hopped one,” said Keith Palazzolo.

“Young man, there’s no need to feel down,” said Victor Willis.

Dlugokencky will use the feedback, “which was about split on the responses,” to brew the next batch of Long Island Oyster Stout in “either late December or sometime in January.” The batch will, again, be divided and Sorachi-Aced.

YMCA?

NO. TTYL.

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Dlugokencky also requested “audience participation” in March, with the launch of The Blind Bat Brewery Club.