FirkinHome brew champion and LENNDEVOURS contributing columnist Donavan Hall has been inviting me to local beer-related events for some time now. In fact, he’d say that it’s been 4 years. I’m not so sure that it’s been that long, but it had been way too long before I finally took him up on it and attended Firkin Friday at Deks in Rocky Point, NY on Friday night.

Those in attendance enjoyed the Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale on cask, as well as several other terrific brews.

It was a pleasure to meet fellow members of the Long Island Beer & Malt Enthusiasts as well. I’m new to the group, but the level of beer knowledge and passion was inspiring to say the least.

I’m proud that I was their for the first ‘kicked’ cask too. It was all gone by 10 p.m.

The next Firkin Friday is scheduled for Friday, February 8 with a full firkin of Oakham Bishop’s Farewell. I’m sure that Donavan will tell us a bit more about this beer as we get closer.