Port Jeff Brewery will be part of the local line up of microbrews being offered at Whole Foods Markets.
The local artisans announced on their website Wednesday that
they had sealed the deal, accompanied by a picture of a Port Jeff Brewery truck
in front of the Lake Grove Whole Foods.
Owner and master brewer, Michael Philbrick said they were approached by the market before the brewery had even opened but it wasn’t the right time for them.
“We weren’t even licensed yet. They approached us again, but the paperwork was ridiculous so we passed on it. But as we expanded into Westchester and and New York City it made sense,” said Philbrick.
Whole Food locations in Manhattan's Tribesa and the Bowery are already pouring the draft beer. The Lake Grove location will be carrying the Schooner Ale, English-style pale ale
Business has been good for the brewery, which will celebrate two years this weekend. They quickly sold out of their seasonal Boo Brew and are working on another batch which Philbrick estimates will be ready in about 10 days. The popular beer uses 80 lbs. of local pumpkins from Pantelones Farm in Setauket for each batch.
“You won’t find our pumpkin available in August like other brands. We use real, fresh pumpkins for our mix,” he said.
Port Jeff brews will join some other local favorites such as Blue Point on Whole Food shelves. A quick stop by the Lake Grove location didn’t show any on the shelf yet, but hey, they just got a delivery yesterday. For them, we would make a second trip.