Barrier Money

Happy New Year’s! I’ll be hanging out with some family today before I go back to work.

ABV: 7.3%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Barrier Brewing Co. is located along the south shore of Long Island in beautiful Oceanside, NY. Our first batches started rolling out to the public in June of 2010. The first year of production yielded more than 700bbls of beer using our 1-barrel system. In 2012, the brewery was relocated to a larger space and upgraded to a 5-barrel brewhouse, with 1500bbl of initial capacity. The new brewery operated only a few short months before being severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. After several months of rebuilding, along with some tremendous support from fellow brewers and the local beer community, Barrier reopened in February 2013, and the fermentors have been bubbling away ever since. In 2017, Barrier upgraded its brewhouse to a 20bbl 3 vessel system capable of brewing upwards of 15,000bbl/yr. Throughout the year, Barrier produces numerous brands and styles available in draft, cans, bottles. In addition, we have limited specialty releases available only through the brewery’s tasting room. Barrier is currently distributed throughout NYS, with other territories on the horizon.”

Random: This is another brewery that I haven’t had time to visit yet.

This poured with a two finger, white head that took forever to dissipate. The head was fluffy and left some nice lacing on the glass. The body was a straw yellow color that was cloudy. As a result, I couldn’t see much lacing on the glass. The nose was filled with grapefruit notes and green onion. The taste was overwhelmingly green onion. It had some cilantro and then went into grapefruit. There was pineapple as well. The body was moderately thick with enough carbonation. The finish was lengthy with green onion. A can of this was $5, which came to $.31 per ounce. I’m very sensitive to onions, especially since Val hates them. I just didn’t like this beer, and especially due to the price, I wouldn’t revisit it.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Barrier Half & Half

Val and I got my parents tickets to a Broadway show awhile back for their anniversary. We ended up going into the city as well and we stayed at The High Line hotel. They have an Intelligensia coffee in the lobby, which was amazing. I haven’t tried Stumptown coffee, but would really like to.

ABV: 8.8%

Style: Milk/Sweet Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Imperial Coffee Milk Stout Brewed in Collaboration with our friends Other Half Brewing. Brewed with 40 pounds of Stumptown Coffee’s blend of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Whole Bean Coffee and Lactose.”

Random: I drink my coffee black. Val drinks hers with half and half and sugar.

The beer poured with a thick, one and a half finger, light brown head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown that was almost black. There was no carbonation visible due to the color. The nose was filled with earthy coffee notes. There was a lot of lactose as well as some smoke for good measure. The taste started with dark coffee and milk. There was some dark chocolate coming through as well with roasted malts. At the end of the sip, there was some caramel sweetness as well. The booze was well-hidden. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with coffee and milk. I picked this bottle up for $8, which broke down to $.36 per ounce. I thought this beer was outstanding. It had lots of coffee and lactose and the booze was integrated perfectly. I highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Barrier Suite

Since we had a concert in New York City, we decided to stay to stay overnight at a hotel since it’s such a long drive. My sister and I were texting since I was right by her old law school. It ended up that she also happened to be in the City and was staying at another hotel on the other side of town. Val and I went to brunch with her friends first and then ended up at Blind Tiger in the West Village, which is one of my favorite beer spots in the city. This was the beer that I had there.


ABV: 7.7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: The taproom is open Wednesday through Sunday.

Random: My sister ended up meeting us at the Tiger too.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy orange with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of orange flesh with some Mandarin orange juice. There was some grapefruit rind in there as well. The taste was also a mix of citrus flesh and pith. I picked up tangerines, oranges and grapefruits too. It was more on the sweet side with not as much bitterness as I would have thought. The body was on the thin side with high carbonation. It had quick finish with citrus rind. I really liked the brightness of the beer. I wish it was more bitter, but I had no problem throwing it back.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Barrier Cairn

The second beer I had at Whole Foods was this Scotch Ale from another New York brewery that I’ve heard of, but never had anything from. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a Scotch Ale, so I thought I’d give it a try.


ABV: 7.2%

Style: Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy

Trivia: The brewery is located in Oceanside, NY and open from Wednesday through Sunday. Their new website is “coming soon,” so I couldn’t find any other information.

Random: When I was a kid, I always wanted a Cairn Terrier. I thought they were adorable.

The brew poured with a smaller than average head at barely a half a finger. It was light-tan in color and dissipated rapidly, leaving very little lacing on the glass. The body was a deep mahogany color, but relatively clear with moderate carbonation. The nose started with sweet, nutty malt and quickly went into peat. There was wood smoke as well and some alcohol at the end. The taste was really smooth. It had the same nuttiness to it, hazelnuts primarily, but they quickly gave way to the peat. Wood smoke was there and if I didn’t know better, would have thought that it had some barrel aging from all the oak I picked out. It had a slight maple character as well. The body was thick, without being cloying, and had light carbonation. The finish hung around forever with the same peat and wood smoke. I really enjoyed this beer. It’s definitely one of the better American interpretations that I’ve had of the style.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0