BEER

  There's a new beer in town! 

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.

Argyle Brewing

Mar 25, 2016

  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.

Saturday from 4-8, the Queensbury Hotel will host the Glens Falls Brewfest – a local beer event with proceeds going to support The Adirondack Theatre Festival and the Feeder Canal Alliance.

Here to tell us more are Heather Carroll, Managing Director of Adirondack Theatre Festival and Jeanne Williams – Executive Director of the Feeder Canal Alliance. 

  The New York State Brewers Association, Taste NY, and Empire State Development present the first in a series of seasonal beer festivals for 2016 to take place on Saturday, March 5th at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, New York.

The Craft New York Brewers Festival will bring together 54 New York breweries from across the state featuring up to 100+ hard to find and award winning beers.

We are joined by Paul Leone, Executive Director New York State Brewers Association, Jeremy Cowan of Shmaltz Brewing Company, and Ryan Demler of CH Evans/Albany Pump Station.

A local brewery is making another push on social media to "free the moose" as it fights a legal battle brought on by a different brewery in Canada.

Farm To Canvas

Oct 21, 2015

  This Saturday, Brown’s Brewing and CiviCure will present Farm to Canvas. The goal of Farm to Canvas is to grow the audience for original artwork while supporting the restoration of Hoosick Falls’ Wood Block Opera House.

Since 1880, Wood Block has housed two extraordinary exhibition and performance spaces. CiviCure is leading the effort to restore these facilities to ensure the future of the arts in the community. The Farm to Canvas fundraiser will take place in tandem with a farm to table evening in the beautifully restored mill that houses Brown’s Brewing Company’s Walloomsac Brewery and Taproom in Hoosick Falls.

We are joined by Kelly Brown from Brown’s Brewing Co. and Barbara Sussman, Treasurer of CiviCure.

  In Mastering Homebrew: The Complete Guide to Brewing Delicious Beer, Randy Mosher lays out what it takes to create stellar beers at home.

Leveraging his wide experience as a homebrewer, lecturer at the Siebel Institute brewing school and now as a creative consultant and partner in several commercial breweries, Mosher has created a comprehensive homebrewing book that will enlighten, entertain, provoke and most of all help you brew fantastic beer.

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.

  Over the past 40 years, the craft beer segment has exploded. In 1980, a handful of "microbrewery" pioneers launched a revolution that would challenge the dominance of the national brands, Budweiser, Coors, and Miller, and change the way Americans think about, and drink, beer.

Today, there are more than 2700 craft breweries in the United States, with another 1,500 in the works. Their influence is spreading to Europe's great brewing nations, and to countries all over the globe.

In his new book, The Craft Beer Revolution, Steve Hindy tells the inside story of how a band of homebrewers and microbrewers came together in one of America's great entrepreneurial triumphs. 

Glens Falls Brewfest

Mar 27, 2015

    It’s been … oh, about a month since we talked about craft and local beer here on The Roundtable. Let’s fix that now and mix it with talking about another thing we love: theater.

Tomorrow from 4-8 the Queensbury Hotel will host the Glens Falls Brewfest – a local beer event with proceeds going to support The Adirondack Theatre Festival and the Feeder Canal Alliance.

Here to tell us more are Heather Carroll, Managing Director of Adirondack Theatre Festival and Bill Mason, one of the organizers for the Glens Falls Brew Fest.

  The New York State Brewers Association, I Love NY, and Empire State Development will present a beer festival at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY on Saturday, March 7th from 4 to 8pm.

40 New York breweries from across the state will feature their wares and local restaurants and food purveyors will be providing samples.

We are joined now by Paul Leone, Executive Director of the New York State Brewers Association; Jeremy Cowan, owner of Shmaltz Brewing in Clifton Park, and John Carr, owner of Adirondack Brewery.

    

  Beer scholars Craig Gravina and Alan McLeod explore the sudsy story of Upper Hudson Valley beer in their new book, Hudson Valley Beer. The Upper Hudson Valley has a long and full-bodied brewing tradition. Arriving in the 1600s, the Dutch established the area as a brewing center, a trend that continued well into the eighteenth century despite two devastating wars.

Since the 1980s, there has been a renaissance in Upper Hudson Valley craft brewing, including Newman’s, C.H. Evans, Shmaltz and Chatham Brewing.

On Friday night, The Greenwich Free Library will host “Books and Beer,” an author talk and event with another part of that renaissance - the Argyle Brewing Company. The event is at 5PM with beers from the Argyle Brewing Company being served from till 9PM. At 7PM, author Craig Gravina will discuss the book “Upper Hudson Valley Beer.”

A Riverkeeper Beer Is Named

Sep 25, 2014
Courtesy of Riverkeeper

Beer lovers in the Hudson Valley have a new option — and each pint sold helps the environment as part of a first-time collaboration.  The public had a chance to name the limited-time beer via a social media campaign.

Riverkeeper’s online campaign drew roughly 300 suggested names for the beer that will benefit the Ossining-based environmental organization. Dan Shapley is water quality program manager for Riverkeeper. He says there were parameters.

  The Upper Hudson Valley has a long beer brewing tradition. Arriving in the 1600s, the Dutch established the area as a brewing center, a trend that continued well into the eighteenth century despite two wars. The Erie Canal helped develop Albany into a beer capital of North America—“Albany Ale” was exported across America and around the world.

Riverkeeper Holds Beer-Naming Contest

Aug 30, 2014

The public has a chance to a name a new beer in the Hudson Valley.

  This summer, Shmaltz Brewing in Clifton Park has been hosting a series of renowned craft beer authors with "Books on Tap -- the Craft of Writing About Craft Beer," which is moderated by Shmaltz owner and Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah author Jeremy Cowan.

  Each moderated discussion is followed by a book signing and Shmaltz brewery tour. All events run from 2 pm - 3:30 pm in the Shmaltz Tasting Room located in Clifton Park.

The final event is this Sunday featuring Tom Acitelli, author of The Audacity of Hops: The History of America's Craft Beer Revolution. We welcome Tom and Jeremy to the show.

    

  Let me read you some tasty recipe names: Slow-Cooked Dopple Bock BBQ Meatballs and American Wheat Beer Steamed Clams, as well as Crawfish Bordelaise, Roasted Pheasant, Chopped Reuben Salad, Beermosas, and Pineapple Brown Sugar Pale Ale Cupcakes.

According to our next guest, the food you eat should be just as delicious as the beer you drink and award-winning beer journalist John Holl captures the best of the brewery and brewpub menus in his latest book, The American Craft Beer Cookbook. The 155 recipes cover breakfast to dessert, with vegetarian and gluten free options along with soups, seafood and more.

  It’s an exciting time for food and drink in Troy, NY and either of our next two guests would provide a great bite and beverage before or after an American Music Festival Event.

Lucas Confectionery in Downtown Troy wine bar that also features craft beer, coffee drinks, cheeses, small plates, confections and desserts. Their setting pays tribute to the building’s confectionery history, using reclamation materials to create a design inspired by the industrial era of the City of Troy. The Grocery offers a wide range of quality cured meats and artisan cheeses. Craft beer, wine by the glass, baked goods, snacks, pasta, and local sauces are also available, along with daily household items. Both Lucas Confectionery and The Grocery are owned by Vic Christopher and Heather LaVine.

  They join us along with Kelly Brown, Greg Stacy, and Paul Minbiole from Brown’s Brewing in Troy. They have been brewing and serving dependable Ales & Lagers from the Hudson Valley since 1993.

    

  It’s been … oh, about 2 long weeks since we talked about craft and local beer here on The Roundtable.

Let’s fix that now and mix it with talking about another thing we love: theater.

Tomorrow from 4-8 the Queensbury Hotel will host the Glens Falls Brewfest – a local beer event with proceeds going to support The Adirondack Theatre Festival and the Feeder Canal Alliance.

Here to tell us more are Mark Fleischer, Producing Artistic Director of Adirondack Theatre Festival and Bill Mason, one of the three volunteer organizers for the Glens Falls Brewfest. His day job is: co-owner, president and CEO of Takundewide Resort on Lake George.

    Craft beer is here to stay – and as with any business or art, the creation and consumption has an impact beyond what you might initially expect.

Here to tell us more are Paul Leone, Executive Director of the New York State Brewers Association, Gregg Stacy from Browns Brewing in Troy, NY and John Carr from Adirondack Brewery in Lake George, NY.

The Craft New York Beer Fest is Saturday, March 22nd from 5-8PM at the Desmond Hotel in Albany.

The Hudson Valley was the site for a regional Beer, Wine & Spirits Summit.

Lake Placid Pub and Brewery

New York’s senior U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Lake Placid today to tour a craft brewery and announce legislation that would cut the federal excise tax on the product.

Albany Ale Project

Sep 4, 2013

    In 2010, beer bloggers Alan McLeod and Craig Gravina stumbled across an early 19th century advertisement for Albany Ale—but what exactly was Albany Ale? That question took them on a journey through history spanning nearly 400 years—from the arrival of the first Dutch brewers to the 21st century.

Along the way, the duo has re-discovered the city’s mid-19th century phenomenon—a double-strength XX ale, brewed across the city and exported around the world—known as Albany Ale. Growing since 2010, this international research endeavor has been dubbed the Albany Ale Project, and is focused on bringing the history and stories of an industry that helped to build the capital city of New York to light.

Roger Savoy of Hennessy Home Brew Emporium and Ryan Demler of the Pump Station in Albany join us to tell us more.

    We want to finish up our time in Glens Falls by spotlighting one of our favorite businesses and a place perfect for a post museum get-together.

Davidson Brothers Brewing Company has been crafting wonderful beers and serving delicious meals for the North Country and Southern Adirondacks since 1996.

Joining us now to discuss Davidson Brothers, their growth and amazing food and drink, we welcome Brewer and Owner – Rick Davidson and brewer, Jason Kissinger.

    Brown’s has been crafting dependable ales & lagers in the Northern Hudson Valley since 1993. From their 19th Century warehouse brewery on the Eastern shore of the mighty Hudson River, they brew a bountiful variety of well-made traditional styles with a sense of pride and dutiful conviction.

Joining us now to discuss Brown’s, their growth and amazing food and drink, we welcome co-owner Kelly Brown and Brown’s VP Gregg Stacy.

    The number of craft breweries has exploded in recent years. In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Democratic Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is working on a tax change for such breweries.

New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos says he expects a deal to be announced soon to maintain a price break for beer, which has helped New York's craft brewers grow. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports…

A Belchertown, Massachusetts brewer had successfully sued to eliminate the price break for its New York competitors.