The Block Island Times

Hand-crafted beers at the Mohegan Café

Enjoy with some coconut shrimp
Apr 30, 2013
Photo by: Kari Curtis

The only place for home-brewed beers on Block Island is the Mohegan Café. Over a period of 15 years, chef Dave Sniffen has made up to 25 different varieties in batches of 10 kegs at a time. On any day in the summer, you can enjoy up to six choices of Mohegan’s frosty-cold, specialty beers.

When we stopped by, one guest was enjoying an Apricot Amber. Others were the favorite Mohegan Pilsner, as well as Striper English Red Ale and Block Island India Pale Ale. Dave tries to select beers ranging from light American ales to to dark and robust beers — all in varying amounts of alcohol content. Mohegan’s beers are natural, made from quadruple-filtered water. They are not pasteurized, which can cause beer to lose flavor.

One beer named Joe’s “How I Got Fired” Hi-Octane obviously has a story behind it. It’s named after a former employee who urged Dave to brew a hi-octane beer — 9 percent alcohol. Joe ended up enjoying this creation so much he missed work the next morning, resulting in dismissal from his job. At least poor Joe’s name lives on.

Dave served his beer with Mohegan Café’s coconut shrimp. This savory menu choice and the Ultimate Nachos are their most popular appetizers. Jumbo-size shrimp are breaded with their own beer batter, and then rolled in coconut before they’re deep fried. To top it off, Dave created his own whole-grain honey mustard to go with it. He says, “The coconut shrimp is so popular, it will always be on the menu.”

— Becky Ballard

“Order this ...” is a weekly column celebrating the kind of delicious food and drinks that can be found at restaurants and pubs on Block Island. If anyone has a recommendation that you’d like to share with our readers, contact Kari at or 466-2222.

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