During our trip to Martha’s Vineyard this past weekend we stopped by Offshore Ale company, the island’s only brew pub. Before taking a tour we sat down for some lunch. I tried a pint of East Chop Lighthouse, a blonde ale and Amity Island Extra Pale. I’ve been drinking a lot of blondes this season and I would say this one is on the slightly hoppy side of the style. I liked it. The Extra Pale was OK, but nothing worth writing home about. As far as food, I had a garden salad with avocado and vinaigrette and it was killer-good. My wife ordered a garlic/olive/onion pizza, which ended up being delicious…once we actually got it. Our server promised no cheese and it initially arrived covered in Parmesan. By the time it came back out, sans cheese, my lunch was long-devoured and we missed the 1:00pm tour.
All was quickly forgotten, as assistant brewer Jay took time out to take Melissa and I on a brief private tour. He answered questions, shot the breeze about craft beer trends and also shared a tasting of the brewery’s two newest beers: Menemsha Creek Pale Ale and Hop Goddess. I’ll be reviewing both separately here on LIBA, but I’ll give you a little spoiler: I really liked the Menemsha Creek.
Jay needed to give some other folks a tour, but head brewer Neil stopped in to take over hosting us. He treated me to a glass of Sour Madness, a really well done Flanders red ale. Neil spent a while also chatting with me before sending me along with a couple bottles of beer.
Many thanks go to Jay and Neil for taking time out of their busy days to spent a good amount of time with me!
Oh, and don’t forget to check out the brief picture recap below.