Fire Island Beer Company is a New York brewery that celebrates life on and around the South Shore of Long Island. Using imagery of Fire Island, FIBC shows the best of summer. And, well, I’m not sure how to explain it…
On the day after Christmas we received a note from IceTubesBlog requesting a review of this beer. No problem, it’s why we’re here. But this wasn’t just a request, it was an inquisition. Not, “How’s the beer? Any good?”, but, “What the fuck is going on?” Behold, The Deer Rodeo of Fire Island.
I’ve looked at this at least a dozen times since ITB unleashed it on the masses yet I’m still not sure how to process it. This image was found at Bobbique in Patchogue, NY (I’m told it has a “pretty great” beer selection and a decent lunch menu).
Fire Island is home to a quite massive herd of deer, which has grown from 50 (c.1974) to about 700 (c.2000). I thought it was due to the preservation of this maritime forest. Wrong. It’s been correlated directly to deer ranching for rodeo purposes. How did we miss this?! Fire Island Brewery fully embraces the deer on all packaging.
Barrel-rolling is the support act at the Fire Island Deer Rodeo.
With all that out of the way, let’s talk about the beer itself…
For all the uniqueness and randomness of the packaging and marketing, this is very standard and honest ale. A bit less bitter, a bit more nutty, this is respectable ale. Served at room (basement) temperature, this can be a very versatile beverage. Lighthouse Ale leaves you wanting more of what Fire Island Beer Co., which is what a flagship beer should do.
Don’t let the deer scare you away from this ale.
ABV – 8%
Color – 7
Smell – 7
Taste – 7
Overall – 7
Price – $.99 for a 6-pack