Fire Island Lighthouse Ale

I’ve never been to Fire Island. I didn’t even know they had a brewery until I first saw one of their bottles on the shelf at Half Time in New York. I did some research on them and it was started by a few guys in 2009 who spent summers on the island and owned a restaurant as well. As seem to be one of the common threads in the stories of all brewers, they were avid homebrewers. He brought a Brit in to become their brewmaster, who they also made an owner. They also have more offerings than I knew about. I’d be quite interested to try their stout. Now that you have the history, let’s try their beer.


ABV: 5.2%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Soft carbonation, a light caramel finish and a toasty round body make Lighthouse Ale a beer that’s easygoing and flavorful: the kind of beer you want to have a beer with.”

Random: This beer is available year-round.

This beer poured with a one finger, off white head. It left no lacing on the glass, but a slight crown on top of the mahogany colored body. It had high carbonation as well. There were also some floaties in the beer. The nose had some bready malt and then a lemony hop note. The taste was much more towards the malt side. It had toasted bread with light nuttiness. Then, the lemony hops came through. The body was almost watery with very high carbonation. It had a quick finish with the lemony hops. This beer set me back $2.29 ($.19 per ounce). I wasn’t a huge fan of this beer. The flavors had a very disjointed transition. One was definitely enough for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Fire Island Sea Salt Ale

I have never heard of Fire Island beer. When I saw a bottle of this on the shelf in Westchester, I picked it up on a whim. I haven’t had many salt beers before, so I was curious to see how this one was.


ABV: 5.2%

Style: American Blonde Ale

Trivia: According to, “Brewing with salt isn’t just limited to the German tradition. A few breweries in the States have taken the specialty ingredient and created something wholly new. Fire Island Beer Co. in New York brews its Sea Salt Ale, an American blonde, with—you guessed it—sea salt, which adds a touch of brine to the bready malts and spicy hops.”

Random: I just finished “The Birdcage.” I hadn’t seen it before, but it was pretty funny.

This brew poured with a two finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, light yellow color with moderate carbonation visible through the haziness. The nose had some grassy hop notes along with metal and some very light lemon. On first sip, the first thing that hit me was how metallic it was. Next, there was some lemon rind and then bitter grassy hops, more than I would expect for the style. There wasn’t any salt to it, but then a little bit of cracker came through. The body was on the thick side of the style with moderate carbonation. It had a long, metallic finish. This beer was not really good. There wasn’t any salt and the metallic notes took away from the beer’s other flavors. As much as I wanted to like this beer, I wouldn’t try it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0