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Sneak peek photo tour of Blue Point Brewery’s new beer garden in Patchogue

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Sunshine, live music and brand-new beers and spirits are on tap for Blue Point’s upcoming beer garden in Patchogue.

Lights have been strung and picnic tables constructed on the eastern side of the building, making the beer garden public ready. However, it will be some time before Blue Point can legally serve beers to customers from its new concrete counter.

The brewery awaits the New York State Liquor Authority’s approval to serve outside.

Shelby Poole, a spokesperson for the Blue Point Brewery said it is not clear how long this process may take.

“We might be able to open soon,” Poole said. “It might be pushed back until as late as October.”

Poole said the brewery intended to have a soft opening of the garden under the New York State executive order that permitted them to serve outside, as they had on the northern side of the building during the height of COVID-19.

At last Thursday’s concert, Andy Falco of the Grammy-winning Infamous Stringdusters, was also supposed to perform in the beer garden. However, the executive order privileges expired June 24, canceling the soft opening and moving the concert into the brewery’s tasting room.

Setup and events

Once the state approval comes through, Poole said the brewery is planning to host several events in the new beer garden. “We’ll be doing concerts out here,” she said, pointing to a gray stage area in the garden. “We do a movie series in the fall, a Halloween movie series, in October. We started it last year but we’re going to continue it this year.”

Last year’s titles included “Beetlejuice” and “Hocus Pocus.”

To the south, there are three production vessels from the original brewery. Two have been refashioned into tables to seat larger groups, and a third into a standing bar whose flowers overlook Patchogue Lake.

Parked amongst a fleet of picnic tables is a pickup truck decked out in Blue Point logos. The pickup’s bed is currently a flower planter, but when pulled out, bartenders will hop on up serve from it.

Although there is no set occupancy for the garden yet, there is enough space for several hundred people, and even a few dogs. The garden has reserved an area for pets to enjoy their fun in the sun, complete with a watering bowl and a red fire hydrant, since they are not allowed inside under health department rules.

Food trucks will be parked on site for garden-goers, but that’s not the only option for garden grub.

“We’re gonna be setting up some beer dinners out here,” Poole said. “Our chef, Paolo Fontana, he’s gonna curate a menu to go along with paired beers. And then he’s gonna do the same thing with our Blue Point Spirits.”

In the meantime

Although the beer garden in on hold for the time being, Blue Point has been busy. The brewery has been pumping out it’s imperial and illusion series innovation beers, which are sold exclusively at the tasting room.

Non-beer drinkers can also purchase the company’s two of the companies latest offerings: LIIT hard tea seltzers and canned cocktails, which are vodka based.

“We got our distiller’s license and we have three different can cocktails,” Poole said. “They’re ready to drink, you pop it and flip it over and let the juice settle. And it’s gluten free.”

Check back at GreaterPatchogue for updates.