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Patchogue: Ale 'fest @ Blue Point Brewing

Questions are welcome in the tasting room at

Questions are welcome in the tasting room at Blue Point Brewing Co. in Patchogue. (Jan. 27, 2010) Credit: Doug Young

Blue Point Brewing Co. hosts the seventh annual "cask ales" festival on Saturday.

Cask ales and beers are unfiltered, unpasteurized and served from the cask. Blue Point plans to tap "the world's largest cask" at the event, which goes from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

This year, the 10,000-pint cask contains a brew dubbed "BP Toxic Sludge," naturally a black-hued production, here an India Pale Ale. The limited-release IPA was brewed to benefit Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research as part of a campaign to provide bird-relief to those injured in the BP gulf-oil spill.

In addition, the event will be a food drive for the Long Island Cares Harry Chapin Food Bank. You're encouraged to donate a nonperishable food item.

Tickets to the festival are $45; $15 for designated drivers. They're available online at www.bluepointbrewing.com and at the brewery before the event. There will be souvenir glasses, beer-tasting tickets and coupons redeemable for a half-gallon of beer on the next visit to Blue Point. You must be 21 years old to attend.

Brewers from Long Island, upstate New York, New England, New Jersey, Illinois and California are expected participate.

The festival will be held at the Blue Point Brewing Co., 161 River Ave., Patchogue.

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