Fire Island Lighthouse Ale

October 8, 2009 by Aaron Goldfarb | Filed under Brewer: Fire Island, Country: America, Grade: B-/C+, Style: Amber Ale.

ABV unknown, bottled (seriously, why do breweries not list ABV sometimes?!  I detest that almost as much as I detest them not listing a bottling date, but I digress…)

As mentioned recently, I love New York local beers–not because I’m environmentally conscious or like to support the little guy–but rather because I’m a shameless homer.  So, not surprisingly, this past weekend while sorting through the morass of beers at the store, my eyes were immediately drawn to one I’d never seen before.  A handsome label and some nice packaging patter too.   And straight from the gay vacation mecca of the Empire State no less!  I was sold and obviously had to grab a bottle.

Oddly enough, this very same weekend, just a few hours later, at a birthday party, I ran into the very man who had crafted the beer’s label patter.  Aces!  This beer came out over the summer–and currently stands as Fire Island’s only offering–so I’m not sure why it seems to have only hit Manhattan just as football, playoff baseball, and fat tourists in ski jackets season has picked up.  It’s a decent offering, smells like a non-adjunct lager, a bit stinky on the nose, tastes of toastiness and caramel.  A tad thin and watery, but fairly flavorful for how easy drinking it is.

I never quite understand why new breweries enter the scene with such unambitious beer.

“Hey, want to join the thousands and thousands of breweries on the scene and open our own brewery?”

“Absolutely, but don’t most fail?”

“Yep, that’s why we need to dazzle everyone with our initial offering.”

“A boring and exactly to-style underhopped amber ale?”


Nevertheless, I’ll look forward to future Fire Island offerings–my newfound copy writer friend tells me an IPA is coming next from them–and I’ll keep supporting the local boys until they’ve turned me off at least a half-dozen times.


2 Responses to “Fire Island Lighthouse Ale”

  1. Nat Webster says:

    I, too, don’t understand the unambitious nature of some new brewers. A few here in Southern California have also started out with boring initial releases. Hefeweizen seems to be the fancy sounding, but bland tasting style these new brewers prefer. The beer geeks are going to be the early adapters and are not going to search out a boring summer ale/golden ale/hefeweizen. New brewers should use Stone and The Bruery as their guide. They both made statements with their first beers and are flourishing.

  2. Good point about The Bruery. They have made an enormously fast mark on the beer scene all because they’re making such interesting stuff. Like their Autumn Maple I had last night. Not to be missed.

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