It’s time for another beer edition of Food Friday, and we have Greg Chanese of the Shmaltz Brewing Company in Clifton Park, New York, in the studio. We’re going to talk local brews and how to enjoy them.
Bright Ideas Brewing is a new craft-brewery on the grounds of MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA and they are holding a grand opening celebration on June 19th from 2 to 7pm. It will feature an afternoon of live music featuring L.A. Americana Soul from Freddy & Francine and bluegrass from Burlington's Old Sky.
We took a road-tript to Bright Ideas and spoke with Director of MASS MoCA, Joe Thompson; co-founders of Bright Ideas, Orion Howard and Eric Kerns; and brewer, Chris Post.
After ten years at Wesleyan, John Hickenlooper found himself laid off from his first job as a geologist. So he rented a space in an empty warehouse in an empty pocket of Denver’s downtown to open a brewpub. He turned out to be a natural at the job; the pub was a huge success. In fifteen years, he blossomed from small business owner into millionaire at the helm of a string of pubs across the western United States. He was so influential in the community that, encouraged by many, he ran for mayor of Denver, essentially as a lark. And then he won.
In 1984, it looked like an unwinnable David and Goliath struggle: one guy against the mammoth American beer industry. When others scoffed at Jim Koch’s plan to leave his consulting job and start a brewery that would challenge American palates, he chose a nineteenth-century family recipe and launched Samuel Adams. Now one of America’s leading craft breweries, Samuel Adams has redefined the way Americans think about beer and helped spur a craft beer revolution.
In Quench Your Own Thirst, Koch offers unprecedented insights into the whirlwind ride from scrappy start-up to thriving public company. His innovative business model and refreshingly frank stories offer counterintuitive lessons that you can apply to business and to life.
On Saturday, April 16 from 4PM-7PM, the Albany Institute of History & Art will host the fifth annual Hudson Valley Hops. Guests can sample the finest local craft beers, talk with brewery experts, enjoy tasty food, and take home a commemorative glass. There will also be a special exhibition with artifacts from the Albany Institute’s collection that tell the history of brewing in Albany and the Capital Region. Historic photographs, advertisements, and packaging from local brewers will be on view for this event.
This year’s Hudson Valley Hops will feature the return of one of the region’s original microbrewery beers first produced in 1981, and one that is widely credited to have led off the phenomenal craft-brewing industry on America’s East Coast: that’s the Wm. S. Newman Brewing Company’s British-style Newman’s Pale Ale.
A 35th Anniversary batch of Newman’s PA will be brewed exclusively for this event in a onetime collaboration with the Davidson Brothers Brewpub in Glens Falls.
In all of New York State there are only 9-towns that are completely dry. No alcohol. New York specifically allows cities and counties to exercise a local option by public referendum whether to go dry. One of those towns is Argyle, in Washington County, NY. In Argyle, the measure has come up for a vote for decades – only to be defeated by voters.
So, what are brewers to do? Well, in the case of the Argyle Brewing Company – unable to open in their own town – they opened in neighboring Greenwich – with the slogan: Dry Town – Wet Basements.
The Argyle Brewing Company is a NYS Farm Brewery and has is quickly becoming the place to meet in town after opening in early 2014. The brewery operates under a New York Farm Brewery license, meaning a certain amount of our ingredients come from right here in New York.
The brewer trio joins us this morning: Matt Stewart, Chris Castrio and Rich Thomas.