Life on Long Island
Craft beer meets classic '80's cinema at the Boulton Center
The craft beer revolution – as in brews created by smaller companies (“microbreweries”) -- is currently well under way across the USA, with more and more taverns nationwide adding rarer, often locally produced varieties of beer as menu options. And, when it comes to Long Island pubs that extol local efforts, few spots are as dedicated as The Cortland in Bay Shore (27 W. Main St. Bay Shore, 631-206-2220).
With a commitment to only pour locally created suds from its taps, The Cortland has always championed beer makers such as the Port Jeff Brewing Company, the Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. and the Southampton Publick House. Whenever rare or seasonal choices come forth from LI organizations such as these, it’s a virtual guarantee The Cortland will be serving those concoctions.
Another Suffolk County craft creator – the Fire Island Brewing Company (FIBC) – has always been a regular contributor to the Bay Shore bar’s beer menu, and on Wednesday, June 5, it will officially release a new seasonal Summer Blond Ale (“Blond” referring to the beverage’s pale coloring) through The Cortland. For beer buffs, this could be reason enough to pay a visit . . . but as it turns out, there is an added twist to this happening.
The thing is, The Cortland is also known as one of the quirkiest, most original nightspots on the Island (a reason Newsday crowned it “LI’s coolest bar” in 2012), and, as usual, the tavern is doing this event with panache. In this case, anyone seeking to grab an FIBC Summer Blond can – instead of going to the pub – head next door to the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, which has been rented out by The Cortland for the evening.
The Blond Ale, along with the FIBC’s main IPA (“India Pale Ale”) and the Blue Point Brewing Company’s well-established “Toasted Lager” brew will all be available for purchase that night at the Boulton, after paying an $8 charge to enter.
One might wonder why there would be a cover charge, to visit the venue next to the bar, just to enjoy a few local beers . . .?
The reason: The Cortland will be showing “The Goonies” throughout the event on the Boulton’s big screen, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Yes, yet another unique promotion will be under way, as customers (21 and over) can enjoy those aforementioned craft beers while viewing the classic 1985 film that introduced the world to such characters as “Mouth” (actor Corey Feldman), “Data” (Ke Huy Quan), “Chunk” (Jeff Cohen) and “Sloth” (the late John Matuszak), as well as to then-young performers that have gone on to become much larger celebrities (Sean Astin, Joe Pantoliano, Josh Brolin). Tickets are available either at The Cortland or online at boultoncenter.org.
YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts: 37 W. Main St., Bay Shore, 631-969-1101