The Blue Point Brewing Co. is going to the World Series.
A pint (or six) of the Patchogue craft brewery’s flagship Toasted Lager is on the line – along with other spoils from across the Empire State – as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s World Series bet with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.
In addition to wearing the other team’s jersey to work, the loser will deliver a care package of home-grown goodies. In Cuomo’s case, that includes a sampling of Blue Point Brewing Co.’s award-winning American amber.
In careful Cuomo style, the New York bet basket is stocked with something from each of the state’s 10 economic zones: a souvenir from Cooperstown’s Baseball Hall of Fame, bagels from Queens, barbecue sauce from Western New York, a Finger Lakes Riesling – you get the idea.
Nixon, who apparently has just one economic zone to placate, is staking a souvenir from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, a bag of coffee and a slab of ribs, all representing Kansas City organizations. He’s also tossing in a Ford F-150 baseball cap, reminding Cuomo of Missouri’s place in the auto industry pecking order.
A reminder for you: The F-150 is built at Ford Motor Co.’s Kansas City Assembly Plant.
The World Series wager is not Blue Point Brewing Co.’s first whiff of the big leagues. The microbrewery, launched in 1995 by cofounders Mark Burford and Peter Cotter, was purchased in 2014 by keg king Anheuser-Busch In Bev, which also got its start in (boo) Missouri.
Many brews manufactured by Blue Point – which continues to produce small-batch and seasonal favorites in Patchogue, in addition to sales through the national distributor – have won prestigious awards, including the Toasted Lager, a Gold Medal winner at the 2006 World Beer Cup.
Although part of a haul that’s fairly heavy on craft beverages – there’s the Riesling, plus a maple-cask rye, a cider and three different microbrews in Cuomo’s package – Blue Point President Mark Hegedus said the South Shore brewery is “excited and honored” to be selected by the governor to represent New York and the Mets.
Perhaps deferring to the parent company’s geography, Hegedus indicated there would be no hard feelings in the event of a New York victory.
“Even after the Mets win the World Series, we might have to send the Missouri governor a few beers to soften the blow,” he told Innovate LI.
Nixon be warned: Other politicians have bet against these Miracle Mets on their improbable run to the Fall Classic and paid the price. A National League Championship Series wager between U.S. Reps Steve Israel (D-Huntington) and Adam Schiff (D-Los Angeles) had Schiff singing “Meet the Mets,” the Metropolitans’ peppy theme song, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives after the Mets topped the Dodgers in the best-of-five playoff.
Schiff’s no Pavarotti, but it was still music to the ears.