It’s hard enough to convince a New Yorker to step on to the Staten Island Ferry, let alone remove themselves from it on the other side. For over a year and a half, Flagship Brewing (40 Minthorne Street, Staten Island) has provided one of the best reasons to explore the fifth borough. It’s a simple, ten-minute walk from the boat to the door of this upstart operation — Staten Island’s only operational brewery.
Flagship’s launch was a lesson in focused execution. They didn’t rush out of the gates with a million different styles, choosing instead to perfect a few. After their American Pale Ale and Metropolitan Pale Lager staked out respectable real estate on tap handles across the city, the brewery wasted no time in bottling them into six-packs. If you’ve yet to fully experience the beer or the borough, this Saturday is the moment you’ve been waiting for. They are hosting a “Fun Raiser” benefiting a local musician.
Musician Karlus Trapp is regarded as a neighborhood icon, as many people in Richmond County have been appreciating his folksy brand of rock for years. Appallingly, Trapp was recently robbed of all his equipment while prepping for a gig. Flagship Brewing was generous enough to donate their entire space — big enough to accommodate 250 guests — as well as an evening’s worth of beer to help get Trapp back in the game.
It doesn’t take much commitment on your part to help the effort, so long as you’re down with great beer, pub grub, and live music at an unbeatable price. That’s exactly what you’ll get from 5 to 9 p.m. this Saturday, for the paltry fee of $30. And, of course, thanks to some glaring MTA oversight, the Staten Island Ferry remains free of charge.
When you’re there, don’t pass up their Wee Heavy, an 8 percent scotch ale with a lightly sweet backbone and a devilish degree of drinkability. And if you can’t make it this week, Flagship will surely have something else for you in short order. They are constantly giving back to the local community, putting their ample event space to excellent use. “We love to be able to give back to the community that we grew up in,” says co-owner Jay Sykes. “Whenever you open a business out of pure passion for what you do, I think the community responds to that, and we want them to know how much we truly appreciate it.”
Next Sunday they’ll host a Harvest Festival, with proceeds going to the United Cerebral Palsy foundation of New York. Cheers to a brewery that understands the communal essence of grog, putting their beer (and money) where their mouth is.
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