People often say that the best way to start a career you love is to have hobbies, and from those hobbies you make connections and establish yourself to do something you love. The same is true for Stephen Pominski Jr., whose love of beer has now turned into what we will all come to know as Barrage Brewing Company. For beer lovers everywhere, you’ll definitely want to check this out!
The history of Barrage Brewery CompanyPominski, who works for the Long Island Railroad, started brewing beer with a friend over 20 years ago. I asked Pominski how he learned to brew beer and he said, “It all started about 15 or so years ago, a good friend of mine Dan DeCosa, was home brewing and I thought it was so cool and the beers were great, they were old English ales.” Let’s fast forward to 2009 when Pominski took his infatuation with brewing beer to the next level. Pominski and his wife converted a small room in their house and their garage into a room containing a 16-foot bar with two taps and they decided to brew beer. Soon the garage beer brewing room, which quickly became known as “The Barrage,” was the new hang out for Steve’s friends (who couldn’t get enough of it) and they pushed him to start selling the fruits of his labor. Steve finally took his friends advice, and voilà! in 2010 the idea of Barrage Brewing Company was born!
Welcome Barrage Brewing Co. to the Long Island Craft Beer communityWhen I asked him what made him decide to actually go ahead and sell it he stated,
“I met Evan Klein of Barrier Brewing, before he opened the brewery and had a long talk about going pro (which I already had thoughts of doing) and after doing a few beer festivals with the Long Island Beer and Malt enthusiasts to see if people would like the beer I had brewed … And they loved them.”Pominski had previously researched and tested different recipes using yeast and hops from local areas as well as places around the world. Pomiski said, “After years of home brewing I decided to go to school at the Siebel Institute of Brewing Technology in Chicago to learn the professional side of brewing.” Barrage Brewing Company, located at 32 Allen Blvd., East Farmingdale, off Route 110, is Long Island’s newest brewery, and has 27 different beers which Pominski plans to rotate throughout the year. Some of his beers include names like Black Spot Ale, Flemish Giant, Insane Summer Ale, and Raven’s Shadow to name a few. The brewery is open every Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. and cost $13 to $18 for half-gallon growlers. The brews that are currently being offered are Fairytale Irish Red Ale, Blackspot which is a black rye India Pale Ale, an American Pale Ale named Citralization, and McLaughlin’s Folly which is an oatmeal-raisin-vanilla stout. Pominski said it’s hard for him to pick his favorite but if he had to go with one he said,
“I would have to say Fairytale Red Ale, which is an Irish red ale that we add Amarillo and Citra hops, to balance out the malty taste and add a little bitter to it. Our popular beer would be 'Famous Last Words' which is our Russian Imperial Stout that is brewed with molasses, coffee and then oaked."It is suggested that you call ahead (516-986-8066) before visiting the Barrage Brewing Co.