LI charity ale nets $58G for Sandy relief

This India> pale ale named Surge Protector, is

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. (Credit: Blue Point Brewing Co.)

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 limited-edition beer, called Surge Protector Sandy Relief Ale, was an Indian pale ale brewed last December at Blue Point Brewing Co.'s facilities in Patchogue.

Besides Blue Point, the participating breweries included Barrier Brewing Co., Blind Bat Brewery, Great South Bay Brewery, Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., Long Ireland Beer Co., Port Jeff Brewing Co. and Spider Bite Beer Co. Each 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 and on tap at bars across the Island and in New York City.

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