Blue Point Brewery has done a remarkable thing: They created a beer to help Save The Great South Bay in its mission. With “Drink The Bay Clean,” they and the bars, restaurants and retail stores that will carry this India Pale Lager have created a beer that helps fund The Creek Defender Program, which focuses on local stewardship of the 42 creeks that flow into The Great South Bay, the I Love Long Island Campaign, which promotes eco-friendly, bay friendly lawn care that doesn’t involve pesticides and chemical lawn fertilizers and teaches native plantings, as well as the organization’s commitment to revitalizing the bay as a major shellfish producer, and its advocating for 21st Century waste water infrastructure for The South Shore and Long Island, and for a sustainable Long Island.
In sum, The Blue Point Brewing Company, together with hops distributor Hopsteiner, Carleton Clothing, a creator of iconic Long Island apparel, Clare Rose (may a fair settlement in their current labor dispute be arrived at soon), the region’s largest beer distributor, and DWS Printing, who did such a marvelous job on the labels for the cans have made a beer for a cause — To save The Great South Bay.
Dozens of Long Island and New York City bars, restaurants and retail establishments have already signed up to carry the beer, which was created by Mark Burford, Brewmaster Emeritus and Founder of The Blue Point Brewing Company. He made this with all the passion of having grown up on The South Shore, on the bay. He graduated Sayville, Class of ’80. I graduated ’77. We remember — and we want it back.
If there’s a place you think would want to carry the beer, please Contact Us with the name of the place and who the brewery should speak to.
The Launch Party, which coincided with World Environment Day, was a 12-8 marathon that over the course of the day brought in about 1000 people:
The Citizen’s Campaign For The Environment was there. Operation Blue Earth, which is driving a Sayville / West Sayville campaign to get people away from lawn fertilizers and pesticides, was there. You have probably seen their lawn signs in the area:
Now, you can see the Operation Blue Earth Van as well!
Save The Great South Bay, as a founding member represented The I Love Long Island Campaign, which calls for a island wide campaign against pesticides and chemical lawn fertilizers, and which promotes native plantings. Operation Blue Earth is one of 30 organizations already supporting the cause:
Pledge to go without pesticides and high nitrogen fertilizers and have an eco-friendly, bay friendly lawn, order your yard sign (click on sign):
and be entered in a raffle to win $1000 worth of eco -friendly, bay friendly plantings for your yard, courtesy of beer revenues from Drink The Bay Clean. Just Contact Us to let us know you entered.
Together, we can through organizations like The Perfect Earth Project and Grassroots Environmental Education reinvent the Long Island lawn and protect all our bays, rivers and ponds. Right now, the bay is being ravaged by brown tide, pulses of nitrogen rich runoff pouring into the bay. Its fertilizer season! By what logic are we putting additional nitrogen on our lawns when we are about to spend billions to get it out of our water? Especially when a good mulching mower can feed your lawn better than fertilizer and you get that for free?
Blue Point Brewery, which draws its water from the glacial aquifer that lies below Long Island, wants that aquifer protected. The oyster farmers who fight to grow their harvests each year, like Blue Island Oysters and Great Atlantic Shellfish Farms, want bay friendly yards. We on The South Shore need to help them, and in the process revitalize the bay and the local economy.
This World Environment Day celebration also featured CRESLI — The Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island, which concerns itself with whales, seals, dolphin, sea turtles and sea birds. I’m a proud board member!
Here is Artie Kopelman, President, with Asia Lee, Long Island nature photographer extraordinaire, at the CRESLI booth.
The Moriches Bay Project was also in attendance at World Environment Day. They are seeking to restore the bay through the introduction of oysters. All in all, it was the first of what Blue Point Brewing and Save The Great South Bay expect will be a an annual celebration for our environment.
4-8 was the actual beer launch, with Non-Stop to Cairo
and The Brother Pluckers.
With that, “Drink The Bay Clean” was all sold out and all the kegs were kicked by 5 PM. An auspicious start! It was all people were ordering.
All the adult sized “Great White” shirts also sold out. You can order online, though by clicking on the photo. $20 plus shipping. High quality U.S. cotton, eco-friendly inks, printed right here on Long Island in Port Washington by Spectrum Designs, a non-profit that employs autistic adults to print their apparel. Have your organization consider having its apparel printed with them.
All in all, a great launch, and more “Drink The Bay Clean” events to come as together with Blue Point Brewing, we seek to save a bay that right now is very much under siege. The day actually started with a 10-12pm beach clean up, organized by the brewery and the Town of Patchogue. Great job! But even as we celebrated the beer launch and gathered together a number of environmental groups, the bay looked worse than ever. We’ve our work cut out for us.
If you are interested in volunteering or interning, we have a big job to do, and can’t do it without you.
Contact Us and tell us where you are from, how you might help, whether as a local Creek Defender volunteer, a store that wants to carry our I Love Long Island campaign signs, or our Save The Great South Bay apparel. Right now, South Shore Paddle Boards in Babylon has both our apparel and the signs.
Also, let us know where we should have our next Drink The Bay Clean event. It will be a busy summer!