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July 31, 2018

Blue Point Brewing Company Donates $20,000 to nonprofit Billion Oyster Project and Releases New Beer to Benefit Oyster Reef Restoration in NYC

 

New York, NY, August 1, 2018:

Long Island brewer Blue Point Brewing Company has donated $20,000 to the nonprofit Billion Oyster Project to further enable the organization to install and maintain Community Oyster Reefs in New York Harbor, including in Jamaica Bay and the Upper Bay which feeds into the Hudson and East Rivers. To further help spread the word for this important cause, Blue Point will launch a brand new beer, Good Reef Ale, on September 3. For every pint of Good Reef Ale sold, five oysters will be restored to Billion Oyster Project’s Community Oyster Reefs in New York City. Those five oysters can filter up to 250 gallons of water per day.

Oyster reefs provide essential environmental services, such as improving water quality, creating habitat for thousands of other species, and helping protect shorelines from storm damage. The Billion Oyster Project aims not only to bring oyster reefs back to New York City waters, but to do so with New York City communities—providing opportunities for people to enjoy their local waterways and create the future of their sustainable city. The Community Reefs program focuses on giving community organizations the opportunity to maintain their own near-shoreline oysters reefs, similar in spirit with a community garden.

“We’re honored to enter into a long-term partnership with Billion Oyster Project to help serve their goal of restoring one billion oysters to the New York Harbor by 2035,” said Jenna Lally, Blue Point Brewing Company President. “Oysters have been a part of Blue Point’s history and mission since the very beginning—they’re native to our coastal hometown of Patchogue, represent our namesake and serve as a key ingredient in our beers. Blue Point is thrilled to introduce Good Reef Ale into our portfolio of beers that support water and oyster conservation along the east coast.”

Good Reef is a dry-hopped Belgian Ale with a light body and clean citrus character. The beer will be sold at select Whole Foods markets in the tri-state area, on draft at locations throughout New York City and Long Island.

CONTACT

Billion Oyster Project:
Jennifer Ballesteros: jballesteros@nyharbor.org
212.458.0800, ext 6516

Blue Point Brewing Company:
Kevin Harrington: kevin@praytellagency.com
646.284.8909

ABOUT BLUE POINT BREWING COMPANY

Blue Point Brewing Company is New York’s craft brewery. Founded in 1998 on Long Island’s south shore, Blue Point has crafted an innovative lineup inspired by its coastal heritage and laid-back lifestyle. Toasted Lager leads the brand’s portfolio of award-winning beers brewed with local ingredients including oyster shells, beach plums, and seaweed. In 2018, Blue Point will expand their brewing capacity and innovation with a new facility up the street from their original boatyard home to continue brewing beer for the people and place that inspire them every day.

ABOUT BILLION OYSTER PROJECT

Launched in 2014, Billion Oyster Project is an ecosystem restoration and education movement aimed at restoring one billion oysters to New York Harbor by the year 2035. With the ability to filter water, provide habitat for many marine species, and help shield NYC shorelines from storm damage, oysters have the power to protect life in and out of the water.

To date, Billion Oyster Project has planted 25 million oysters so far, engaging 6,000+ students, 9,000+ volunteers, and 60+ NYC restaurant partners. The project’s hands-on science and restoration curriculum is taught at 70 schools across the city. To follow the journey toward 1 billion oysters restored, subscribe to Billion Oyster Project’s e-newsletter at bit.ly/bopnews, and follow @billionoyster on Twitter and Instagram and @billionoysterproject on Facebook.