Barrier Brewing and Sand City Release Two Collaboration Beers This Weekend

Christmas has come early for local beer lovers.

Sand City x Barrier is a collaboration right after our own hearts.

“‘Tis the season to be hoppy,” at least at Barrier and Sand City Brewing Companies.  Yes, they spend most of the year being pretty hoppy, but this December they are really taking it up a notch. The two Long Island favorites, known for their IPAs, have joined forces to bring you a weekend of hops and fun.

In early December, Sand City Brewing of Northport and Barrier Brewing of Oceanside got together to brew two collaboration beers—Even Mo Money and That Ish Cray. Even Mo Money is a play on Barrier’s Money IPA, but this version is double dry hopped with azacca, citra, simcoe and mosaic. It was brewed at Sand City, while That Ish Cray—a crazy hoppy beer—was produced at Barrier. We stopped by Barrier during the brew day and witnessed something else a little “cray”—there wound up being three Kevin’s and one Evan in the brew house.

This weekend, the two breweries will be having a two-day long release party. On Saturday, December 15 Barrier will be offering up cans of That Ish Cray. Along with the one-off release, they will be pouring some exclusive casks and selling cans of Daddy Warbucks, their imperial IPA. On Sunday, the release will pivot to Northport where Sand City will be selling cans of Even Mo Money along with their original beer Oops I Mangoed my Pants, a dry hopped mango IPA.

If you’re trying to get an early start this weekend, you’re in luck. Cans and pours go on sale at Barrier Saturday at noon, while cans at Sand City will be released at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Both releases are brewery exclusives, meaning this will be your only chance to try them. The events will continue all day and you still have enough time to clear your schedule, attend both and make a hop filled weekend out of it. Cans will stay fresh through the holidays, so put a couple four packs under the tree for your favorite craft beer lover, save one to open at midnight on New Year’s or just reward yourself for (almost) making it through another holiday shopping season.

PSA: from our experience with can releases at both breweries, the beer can sometimes go quickly. If you have your heart set on trying these IPAs, you’re better off getting there towards the beginning of the day. You can usually keep up with line length (if there is one) and can quantities through Facebook as well.

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Husband and wife team Alicia Valeo and Kevin Breslawski write the blog Beer Loves Company.