Port Jefferson Station, NY — Po’ Boy Brewery, established by award-winning homebrewer and cider maker Roberto Bobby Rodriguez II, opens its doors to the public on Jan. 27.
Located at 200 Wilson Street, Unit E3, Port Jefferson Station, Po’ Boy, which shares its its owners nickname, is licensed as a farm brewery (requiring it to use locally grown farm products), and is one of the few breweries in the country permitted by state and federal governments to make and serve beer and hard cider at the same location.
“We’re looking forward to brewing great craft beers and ciders for extraordinary people and welcoming the growing number of local craft beer fans,” said Rodriguez. “We’ve worked hard to open the brewery and we can’t wait for everyone to come in and see our creation and experience it for themselves and, hopefully, find their new favorite spot.”
The Port Jefferson Station brewery marks the culmination of a three-year effort by Rodriquez, a resident of Lake Ronkonkoma and a doctorate nurse-practitioner at University Hospital in Stony Brook, to produce beer commercially in his own brewery.
Rodriquez is brewing on a 3-barrel barrel brewing system that will produce 90 gallons of beer or cider per batch. The facility has space for future growth.
Po’ Boy will offer a rotating selection of its beers and ciders in the tasting room, where there are eight taps. These will include a hop-seasonal India Pale Ale, Rye IPA, Black IPA, Brown IPA, Kolsch, various bock styles, pilsners, American stout, Irish-style stout, hefeweizen, California Common beer, sweet potato spice ale, a variety of Belgian-style ales and others. Ciders will include a variety of palate-pleasing flavors, including apple pie, cherry, caramel apple, cupcake, Key lime pie, sangria and berries.
Po’ Boy will sell pints, flights, and to-go growlers of beer and cider. Beers on tap for the grand opening will include a Kentucky common ale, a golden ale, an India pale ale and an Irish stout. Initial ciders will be a straight apple cider and ciders flavored with sangria cider and berries. Growlers, however, will not be available during the grand-opening period, Jan. 27-29.
The brewery’s tasting room hours are Thursday and Friday, 4-8 pm. and Saturday and Sunday Noon-6 p.m. There will be live music in the tasting room.
The brewery will not serve food, but arrangements have been made for various food trucks to stop outside the brewery. Also, visitors will be allowed to bring their own food into the tasting room or order delivery from nearby food venues.
Rodriguez plans to offer brewery tours and private events in the near future and availability will be posted on the brewery’s website and social media pages.
Passionate about making beer and cider, Rodriguez has intimate knowledge of brewing quality beers and producing flavorful ciders. A homebrewer since 2008, he has won 34 medals at area and national home brewing competitions, including the top prize, the Brewer’s Cup, at the 2013 Brewers East End Revival contest which resulted in the recipe for his winning beer being used to make a commercial beer at Port Jefferson Brewing Co. He also was a finalist in 2013 in the world’s largest home brewing competition and is a recognized national beer judge.
Rodriguez started brewing commercially more than two years ago at an incubator brewery in Farmingdale, but ceased operations due to a variety of concerns. He also attempted to open a brewery in Bohemia, but ran up against Suffolk County Health Department prohibitions.
Rodriguez worked nights and weekends for more than a year to complete the brewery.
“We did just about all the work ourselves to save as much money as possible money and there were times when we wished we could had hired someone to do it, because it was so physically exhausting. But in the end, we know that we built a large part of this with our own hands, and that makes it all worth it,” Rodriguez said.
Additional information is available on the brewery’s webpage, poboybrewery.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/poboybrewery/. The brewery’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org and its telephone number is (631) 828-1131