The effects of Hurricane Sandy continue to be felt throughout the Tri-State area, with Congress only last week passing emergency funding for repairs, relocations and preventative construction. As a result, thousands are still displaced, companies have yet to open or re-open, and rescue efforts continue, nearly three months after the storm hit. Giving you the opportunity to throw back a couple of craft brews while doing good: Surge Protector Beer launching January 22nd.
The beer, which originated as a video project by Matt Furman and Niko Krommydas, is a collaborative effort among eight local breweries. In part designed to help one of their own—Long Island's Barrier Brewing Company in Oceanside—devastated by Sandy, the beer project has expanded to help raise funds for other victims of the storm.
According to the group's Tumblr site, each of the eight breweries involved donated an ingredient. The result is an IPA (India Pale Ale), popular with hopheads. Surge Protector is labeled under the Blue Point Brewing Company, and Clair Rose Inc. is funding the Sandy Relief Beer project and handling distribution of Surge Protector. One-half of all proceeds from Sandy Relief Beer will go to Long Island Cares, a food bank and hunger action organization.
According to the organizers, participating breweries include Barrier Brewing Company, Blind Bat Brewery, Blue Point Brewing Company, Great South Bay Brewery, Greenpoint Harbor Brewing Company, Long Ireland Beer Company, Port Jeff Brewing Company and Spider Bite Beer Company.
Surge Protector beer is initially available only on Long Island, but interested drinkers can visit sandyreliefbeer.tumblr.com for updates and more information. A new YouTube video, launched today, also promotes and explains the effort.
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