There I am, standing next to a rolling brew kettle of wort, when my cell phone buzzes in my pocket. I put my stirring spoon down and flip open my phone. On the screen is a text message from one of my extended network of beer spies.
According to this operative, working in dangerous conditions behind beer lines, Blue Point Brewery is in the process of making deals with three national restaurant chains for placement of Toasted Lager and Hoptical Illusion on taps across America. If all goes well, patrons of Ruby Tuesday, Boulder Creek Steakhouse (locations in New York and New Jersey), and Applebee's will be able to drink pints of Blue Point beers with their meals.
The business about taps is my own invention. I don't yet know if these restaurants will be carrying Blue Point on tap or in the bottle (or both). The bottled version of both Toasted Lager and Hoptical Illusion are brewed for Blue Point (under contract) by Clipper City Brewing Company of Baltimore.