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.

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