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Blue Point Brewing Company Introduces ‘Toxic Sludge’ Black IPA For The Birds


Toxic Sludge

“Our poor little beaked brethren think they are vacationing in the sunny Gulf but they are really flying straight into a disaster zone.” — Pete Cotter, president of Blue Point Brewing. “While others are focused on cleaning up the beaches and water, our efforts are purely for the birds.”

Long Island’s only microbrewery, Blue Point Brewing Company, has announced the development of a speciality batch beer created specifically to help raise money for birds hurt by oil spills — both now and in the future. The beer is being called ‘Toxic Sludge’ and it is a Black IPA (India Pale Ale) — also referred to as the “American-style Indian Black Ale”, one of the newest beer style categories being recognized by the Brewers Association this year.

According to the Brewers Association: American-style India black ale has medium high to high hop bitterness, flavor and aroma with medium-high alcohol content, balanced with a medium body. The style is further characterized by a moderate degree of caramel malt character and medium to strong dark roasted malt flavor and aroma. High astringency and high degree of burnt roast malt character should be absent. Fruity, floral and herbal character from hops of all origins may contribute to aroma and flavor.

The entire net (aka 100%) proceeds from ‘Toxic Sludge’ will be donated to the (Delaware-based) Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research to fund their ‘Spreading Our Wings Campaign’ and long-term efforts to build a ‘Wildlife Response Annex’.

“The annex will improve our ability to care for large numbers of wildlife affected by oil spills and other incidents in our region.” –Rebecca Elzey, director of development for Tri-State. “Through their perfectly-timed new brew for the birds, Blue Point will be providing ongoing support for our campaign and helping to raise awareness of our mission.”

‘Toxic Sludge’ will be available for distribution in draft and 22 oz bottles this fall — just around the time when birds migrate south for the winter. Find Blue Point Brewing Company on Facebook and Twitter.

About Tri-State Bird Research & Research
Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research is an internationally recognized, licensed, nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation organization that cares for nearly 3,000 injured, orphaned, and oiled native wild birds each year ranging from hummingbirds to eagles. Tri-State is currently leading the wildlife rehabilitation response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. For more information, visit tristatebird.org.


  1. Ashley V Routson | Friday, August 6, 2010

    Gotta love any brewery that donates 100% of its profits to charity. I would really love to try this beer if any East Coasters are willing to ship me a bottle!

  2. Phil | Friday, August 6, 2010

    Wow, 100% of the profits. That is awesome. Blue Point makes great beer too. I worked with some of them at a few concerts. We supplied them with food and they gave us beers. Good bunch of people.

  3. Erin | Sunday, August 8, 2010

    We drank a lot of Blue Point back when we lived in the Hamptons, great beer.

    Although, I should mention that Southampton and Greenport do have microbreweries of their own. The one in Greenport is fairly new and Southampton’s Public House has a fairly small distribution. Their porter rocked my world.

  4. osumarko | Sunday, August 8, 2010

    I like this. It combines two things I love. Beer and helping others. I wish more breweries would do this.

  5. Rick Gideon | Sunday, August 8, 2010

    Quite admirable of them to donate the net proceeds to a good cause. I’m with Ashley, I’d love to try this brew and any other Blue Point for that matter!

  6. Brian | Monday, August 9, 2010

    I’m down for the cause!!

  7. SD Lounger | Monday, August 9, 2010

    Go Blue Point! Thanks for sticking up for the birds.

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