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Monday, April 21, 2014
Barrier Brewing coming back ‘stronger than ever’
Beer company cleans up and gets back to brewing
By NIKO KROMMYDAS
Niko Krommydas/Herald
Commemorative swing-top bottles were sold at Barrier Brewing Company on Dec. 15. It was the company’s first growler session since Hurricane Sandy hit.

Evan Klein and Craig Frymark entered Barrier Brewing Company on Oct. 30, but not to brew, or prepare deliveries. The duo’s visit, one day following Hurricane Sandy’s crippling blow to Long Island, involved assessing the condition of their Oceanside-based brewery. Though no water was present upon arrival, flooding had occurred, and the extensive damage was evident.

They were speechless.

“It was a mess,” said Klein, who established Barrier Brewing Company in 2009. “Tanks were knocked down and ingredients were everywhere. We just looked at each other and didn’t know what to say.”

Barrier Brewing Company, which expanded to a 4,600-square-foot facility at 3301 New Street A2 in May, received four feet of water from Hurricane Sandy and suffered losses estimated at $100,000 (brewhouse pumps, heating systems, delivery trucks, a grain mill and half of the brewery’s ingredients were destroyed). Klein’s Long Beach residence was also damaged, forcing him to temporarily move, with wife and child, into Frymark’s Queens apartment.

“It was upsetting to see, considering how much hard work we’ve put in the new brewery,” said Klein. “We weren’t expecting something like this, even after talking with our neighbors who experienced Hurricane Irene. We’re also at the highest point of the building, too. There was no way we thought this would happen.”

Despite all adversity, however, Klein and Frymark never considered closing their business.

“When everything finally settled down, we just rolled up our sleeves and picked a corner,” said Frymark, who joined the brewery in 2011. He also worked with Klein at Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Craft Ales. “We’ve been ordering new parts and cleaning. We have no choice but to remain optimistic and move forward. We just want to make beer again.”

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