Barrage Brewing Company has had their doors open since January of this year, thanks to a lot of hard work by owner Steve Pominski and a little help from Kickstarter, but there is now a new addition to the brewery: a place to enjoy the beer. Pominski and longtime friend Al Nappi have had the brewery under construction for the past couple months and the tasting room is now (softly) open for business. The official grand opening celebration was on July 19.
New, expanded hours include Fridays from 4-8 pm, in addition to their current hours of 1-5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Instead of waiting in the brewery for growler fills, customers will be now able to fill their growlers and enjoy pints and sample glasses from the eight-tap system in the new tasting room. Though the area is small, seating is available and there are even some bar stools upholstered with horse hair, we kid you not. It feel like a true garage bar a.k.a. bar-rage. Hey, that’s the name of the brewery.
Not only does this give people an awesome place to hang out in Farmingdale, it also frees up time for Pominski to make more beer. Turns out it’s kind of hard to brew and fill growlers, but with the brewery and tasting room now separate it allows him to produce beer while someone else mans the taps. Don’t worry though, he will still be popping his head in from time to time to say hello. He is excited about the addition saying, “we’d like this to become a destination,” and a tasting room is a big step towards making that happen.
At the grand opening all eight taps were flowing, with a few rare releases making an appearance. Most notably was the Yada Yada, a Seinfeld-themed brown ale that is fermented with Snickers bars. “It’s Snickering as we speak,” said Pominski. Do you think he cut them with a fork and knife? Stop by to check it out, try the barrage of selections and most importantly, do it all while relaxing under the same roof where your beer is made.