(Greenport (Long Island), NY)
We had a great day with friends starting at Greenpoint Harbor, dipping in an out of beer and wine bars, and finishing with Bedell Cellars. I would like to start with an apology for not having a brewery picture, but the file has been corrupted and I can’t seem to fix it no matter what angle I come at it from. I would also like to add that, though we didn’t do a traditional tasting at Bedell, we did enjoy two killer bottles of wine and the best wood-fired pizza I’ve ever had from a food truck.
Despite the failed visual- hopefully I can paint a picture with my words because Greenpoint did not disappoint.
Summer Blonde Honey Ale. Good thing I don’t completely believe in first impressions. Summer Blonde was more like a leathery old lady. You know- the one who smells like suntan lotion and rum and whose skin looks like
the hide of a komodo dragon. Wasn’t all that summery and the honey tasted burnt.
Second was Black Duck Porter. The texture on this one was a bit watery, but it had some nice character. Light on the chocolate, but just deep enough with an espresso finish.
Other Side IPA was quite dry- like an oak barrel chardonnay, but stood fast in its complexity. I’m guessing at least 3-4 hop varieties are coming together to give this one a really nice profile. Other side possesses a complexity that is rare these days with breweries pumping out IPAs just because they have to have one on tap.
Little park ipa wasn’t horrible and had some nice citrus notes, but I was not too impressed drinking it right after Other side.
OG Mosaic and Chill IPA was dank and awesome. I’m noticing more and more of a dank trend (particularly in the northeast), and I’m not always sure how I feel about it, but Mosiac and Chill is fantastic. Not sure if this is a single varietal, but its got a heavy dose of mosaic- coming through grassy and herbal while still a little sweet and fruity.
Berry GOB was like a wild berry jam blend- seriously delicious and a perfect beer to end on. It is a little on the dessert end of the spectrum and I if were to complain it would be that the scales tip quite a bit to the sweet side, but this barrel aged stout fan enjoyed it a great deal.
I give Greenport Harbor Brewing an 8.6 out of 10.
With a quick hop, skip and a jump over to Bedell Cellars we sat down to a pair of fine bottles.
We started with the 2014 Gewurtztraminer: I was wholly impressed. Bedell’s Gewurtz was a fantastic balance of dry, ripe fruit and sweet spice. I never claim to know as much about wine as I know about beer, but the transparency of the delicious flavors in this wine could make me sound like an expert.
We followed that one up with another elegant balance between the sweet and dry in the form of the 2016 Taste Rose. Taste danced on my taste buds elusively with a sweet fruit I could not decipher.
The setting sun was perfect, the food was great, the wines were perfect, and we’ve been wanting to try a north fork winery for a very long time. All in all, Bedell did not disappoint and I give them a 9.5 out of 10.