Summer may be coming to a close, but Blue Point’s beer garden is just getting started.
After months of approvals and construction, the brewery’s beer garden opened to the public for outdoor drinking and dining two weeks ago. Now, Long Island’s jam-band Soundswell with special guest Annie Mac of Jellyband will be the first artists to grace the sun-soaked stage area this Saturday, Sep. 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Soundswell was added to the brewery’s list of performances rather last minute, according to a representative of the brewery, as they were expected to play the now-canceled Bradstock.
“We were slated to play closing night on the main stage at Bradstock, and we’re bummed that it isn’t going to happen,” Soundswell bassist Keenan “Tall Mutha Shucka” Boyle said in an email. “We’re bringing the vibes to the brewery and are super stoked to be the first live music performance in their brand new beer garden.
“Blue Point has been the main sponsor of Bradstock since it opened in 1998 and it just feels right to be playing there Labor Day weekend. Peace, love and Bradstock!”
For those who have not visited the beer garden since it opened two weeks ago, the area is pet-friendly, with a designated area for furry companions.
The beer garden’s occupancy limit is 290 guests. Seating and tables vary from outdoor chairs surrounding small barrels to production vessels from Blue Point’s original brewery refashioned into two large tables and a standing bar with flowers overlooking Patchogue Lake.
“It’s been a long time coming, but we finally have our beer garden ready and open,” Michelle Wilkins, the general manager of the Blue Point Brewpub, said in an email. “It feels so much like home. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the last official weekend of summer than with Soundswell.”
The concert is not a ticketed event, but rather open to the public on a first come first serve basis. In lieu of charging for admission, the brewery will be accepting donations for Camp Pa-Qua-Tuk, which hosts the annual Bradstock festival.
“To add to it, we will be fundraising for our friends at Camp Pa Qua Tuck, who has also been a longtime partner of Bradstock,” Wilkins said. “This is a camp that does amazing things for special needs individuals. As Soundswell would call it, it’s been a labor of love! Let’s go!”
Top: Picnic table seating at Blue Point Brewery’s beer garden.