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Beer brewed for Sandy relief raises $58G

This India> pale ale named Surge Protector, is the result of a collaboration of eight Long Island craft breweries to help victims of superstorm Sandy.

A beer brewed as a collaborative charity effort by eight Long Island breweries has raised $58,000 for relief efforts after superstorm Sandy.

Food bank Long Island Cares and Barrier Brewing, an Oceanside brewery that was devastated by Sandy's floodwaters, each received $29,000 Wednesday in an official presentation of the proceeds.

The beer, called Surge Protector Sandy Relief Ale, was an Indian Pale Ale brewed last December at Blue Point Brewing's facilities in Patchogue.

The eight participating breweries -- Barrier Brewing Co., Blind Bat Brewery, Blue Point Brewing Co., Great South Bay Brewery, Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., Long Ireland Beer Co., Port Jeff Brewing Co., and Spider Bite Beer Co. all contributed a bag of malted barley to the initial brew mix as a symbol of the collaboration.

The beer was sold in bottles on Long Island only and on tap at bars across the Island and in New York City.

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