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CIA offering special anniversary ale

Photo: CIA/Phil Mansfield

HYDE PARK — You’ll have to drive to this Ulster County community to try it, but true craft beer lovers might be interested in the limited edition American Bounty Anniversary Ale made to mark the 30th anniversary of The Culinary Institute of America’s American Bounty Restaurant.

The beer was locally brewed and bottled by Tommy Keegan at Keegan Ales in Kingston, using a formula created by CIA chefs that combines two of Keegan’s award-winning brews. It is available only at the restaurant, located on the CIA campus.

“This blend of Keegan’s Old Capital and their dark and creamy Mother’s Milk is aged in American whiskey barrels,” Noelle Guagliardo, CIA beverage manager, said in a written statement. “The result is a delicious medium-bodied ale with hints of oatmeal, chocolate, caramel and smoke.”

The CIA is located at 1946 Campus Drive. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Reservations and other information: (845) 471-6608.

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Posted by on August 16, 2012 in Beer, Hudson Valley


Martha Clara going German for a weekend

RIVERHEAD, Long Island — Martha Clara Vineyards, never a snob about beverages, will host its 11th annual Oktoberfest the weekend of September 8-9.

German beers, food music — and wine, of course — will be available at the North Fork facility from 1 to 5 p.m. each day.

This is a rain-or-shine event. Admission is $10 for each day. Click here for Saturday tickets, or here for Sunday tickets.

Martha Clara is located at 6025 Sound Avenue. However, the Herricks Lane entrance will be used for Oktoberfest visitors. Phone: (631) 298-0075.

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Posted by on August 10, 2012 in Beer Event, Wineries


Craft beer fest Saturday at Troy college field

TROY — Beer and baseball are an all-American combo. But even when the team is on the road, there’s no reason the beer can’t flow at their home stadium.

This Saturday, the 3rd annual Capital Region Craft Brewers Fest will be held from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium on the Hudson Valley Community College campus.

Tickets, available online, start at $25 — covering 10 tasting tickets, a souvenir glass and a ticket to a Tri-City ValleyCats home game.

Brews from about two dozen or so brewers, food and live music also will be the order of the day. The event is a fundraiser the New York-Penn League Charitable Foundation.

Participating brewers include:

  • Brown’s Brewing
  • Cape Ann
  • Crossroads
  • Smuttynose
  • Switchback
  • La Brasserie Unibroue
  • Blue Point Brewing
  • Adirondack Pub & Brewery
  • Lake Placid Pub & Brewery
  • Roc Brewing Co.
  • Saranac
  • Wandering Star Brewing Co.
  • Long Trail Brewing Co.
  • Otter Creek Brewing
  • Wolaver’s Organic Ale
  • Olde Saratoga Brewing Company
  • Brewery Ommegang
  • Cottrell Brewing Company
  • Ithaca Beer Company
  • Brooklyn Brewery
  • Chatham Brewing
  • C.H. Evans Albany Pump Station
  • Madison Brewing Co.
  • Keegan Ales
  • Davidson Brothers
  • Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Beer Event, Capital Region


New state laws aid farm breweries/wineries

UTICA — Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature was affixed to a trio of bills today that will help support farm breweries and wineries in the state.

The setting, appropriately enough, was the F.X. Matt Brewery here.

Here, in summary, is what happens now:

• Farm breweries will be allowed to sell New York State-labeled wine at their retail outlets. In addition, farm wineries will be permitted to sell New York State-labeled beer for off-premises consumption.

• Farm breweries will be able to to obtain licenses to operate restaurants, conference centers, inns, bed and breakfasts or hotels on or adjacent to the farm brewery.

• Both farm breweries and farm wineries will be allowed to conduct tastings of New York State-produced beer and wine at their premises.

• Farm breweries will be allowed to sell beer-making equipment and supplies, food complementing beer and wine, souvenir items, and additional products similar to those allowed under the Farm Winery Act.

In addition, brewers in the state producing 60 million or fewer gallons annually will get a refundable tax credit and be exempted from the $150 annual brand label fee.

As noted by the New York Farm Bureau, New York was the national leader in growing hops in the 1800s. In recent years, more attention has been paid to that niche. Hop production has risen 400% in the past two years to about 60 acres statewide. A provision in the legislation calls for 90% of the hops and 90% of the ingredients in the local beer to be New York grown by 2024.

“This legislation is important for our members, as it makes simple financial sense,” said Dean Norton, Farm Bureau president. “Farm breweries are a growing segment of agriculture in New York and new markets are needed to sell their products and continue their progress. Since farm breweries can use crops from New York farms to craft their products, the agricultural industry overall receives an economic benefit as well.”

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Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Brewery, Legislation/Regulation


Proctors On Tap bringing back brews, blues

SCHENECTADY — The 2nd annual Proctors On Tap Brews and Blues is getting close.

The event, which will offer visitors the chance to try samples from among 75 different beers as well as food from local kitchens, is set for Saturday, July 14.

The tasting areas and live entertainment by Folding Sky and Bobby Vanness will be spread over indoor and outdoor spaces at the downtown Proctors complex.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $10 for designated driver admission. No one under 21 will be admitted. All proceeds will go directly to Proctors.

Tickets may be ordered by calling (518) 346-6204 or online.

Brewers scheduled to participate:

  • Sam Adams
  • Saranac
  • Magic Hat
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Long Trail
  • Otter Creek
  • Adirondack
  • Brooklyn
  • Olde Saratoga
  • Switchback
  • Ithaca
  • Peak
  • Ommegang
  • Steadfast
  • Founders
  • Palm
  • Narragansett
  • Lake Placid
  • Harpoon
  • Woodchuck Ciders

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Posted by on July 3, 2012 in Beer Event, Capital Region


B.A.M. beerfest and competition set in Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS — “B.A.M.” has nothing to do with chef Emeril Lagasse.

It’s the B.A.M. Fest, the initials standing for beer and music.

The beer portion includes beer sampling and a homebrew competition. The music portion includes New Regime and Will Severin.

The inaugural event is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Saratoga Polo complex, 2 Bloomfield Road. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the gate, and are available online. Tickets include five beer samples, although extras can be purchased at the event.

The deadline for entering the homebrew competition is May 25. Brewers can get full details by calling 669-4396. The overall event is a fundraiser for The Creative Place International, a non-profit organization that provides arts-in-education resources to young people and their families.

Speaking of Saratoga Polo, the 2012 season is set for July 6 through September 2, with matches scheduled for Fridays and Sundays at 5:30 p.m.

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Ithaca Beer facility expansion nears completion

ITHACA — The powers that be at Ithaca Beer Company are expecting to have an even higher profile some time his summer.

The craft brewery is nearing completion of a $3 million expansion plan that will include new manufacturing facility — delivery of the new silo several weeks ago is seen at right — housing a restaurant, pub and tasting room.

The result will mean a tripling of the brewing capacity to 100,000 barrels a year, and a beer garden will be added to hold small festivals, concerts, dinners and other special events.

Owner Dan Mitchell told local media, “This will allow you to actually come in and have some nice, locally grown food in our pizza pub and still see the manufacturing facility. I think everybody knows what beer is but not necessarily how it’s made and this will give you a great opportunity to see how it’s made and really enjoy our product inside our facility, which is kind of neat.”

Ithaca Beer, now 13 years old, has shown a 20% growth over the past five years. The new location is behind the current facility, on former farmland. The company is located at 606 Elmira Road (Route 13), just south of Buttermilk Falls. Phone: (607) 273-0766. Current tasting room hours are noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Free brewery tours begin on the hour starting at noon Saturday and Sunday.

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Posted by on April 29, 2012 in Brewery, Finger Lakes