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Craig Gravina, founder of the Albany Ale Project, joins us in the studio for a discussion of beer and beer history.

Craig Gravina, founder of the Albany Ale Project and brewer Justin Behan of the Green Wolf Brewing Company, join us in the studio.

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Our Beer and Brewing experts are back, and they’re ready to talk with you about home brewing, what’s perfect for your Oktoberfest celebration, and explosion of the craft beer industry. 

Break out the latkes, turducken and HE’BREW Beer, it’s time to celebrate Chanukah – which begins on Wednesday and Thanksgiving on Thursday. We do so this morning with the assistance of Shmaltz Brewing Company in Clifton Park. Overlapping for only the second time since President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a federal holiday — the last time it occurred was in 1888 — these two holidays are renowned for enjoying delicious foods and libations.

Shmaltz has a brand new 20,000 square feet brewery in Upstate New York. Their 4th Annual HE’BREW Holiday Gift Pack includes a chance to make a beer menorah. Paul McErlean is the Head Brewer at Shmaltz Brewing Company and joins us this morning with suggestions on how to celebrate this Chanukah/Thanksgiving hybrid holiday.

  Our Beer and Brewing experts are back, and they’re ready to talk with you about home brewing, the latest Beer news and events. 

Our Beer and Brewing experts are back, and they’re ready to talk with you about home brewing, the latest Beer news and events. 

Joe McClain, President of the Beer Institute, discusses the need to reform the tax code on the beer industry.

Patrick Donges

A festival this weekend in New York’s Greene County highlighted the recent expansion of craft brewing across the state. WAMC’s Patrick Donges was there.

    TAP New York started out 15 years ago with a couple hundred beer fanatics and a handful of craft brewers at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, and has grown into the largest craft beer and food event in New York State.

Albany Institute of History & Art

The city of Albany is steeped in history, including the history of one of the nation’s most beloved beverages, beer.

This afternoon the Albany Institute of History & Art will host its second annual Hudson Valley Hops event, a celebration of the history of brewing in Albany and today’s craft beer industry in and around the Hudson Valley.

    The Super Bowl is coming up next weekend and perhaps you are planning a gathering for the event. We though whether you are or are not, it would be helpful to call in an expert to help feed guests in a remarkable, comfortable and relaxing way.

A real-life cheese expert, Culinary Institute of America Associate Professor, John Fischer, joins us in studio this morning.

Fischer is the author of the book, Cheese: Identification, Classification, and Utilization. But, he is also an expert in beer, wine and even makes a mean batch of chili. Professor John Fischer joins us with an array of tastes to help plan for the Big Game.

Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal met with brewers from across the Bay State today to discuss the upcoming brewing industry and a bill that seeks to make microbreweries more competitive.

Just in time for the winter holiday season, it’s the beer show on this edition of Vox Pop. Our beer panel – brewmaster George de Piro of Druthers Brewing in Saratoga Springs, brewmaster Paul McErlean of Mendocino Brewing Company in Saratoga Springs, and Russell Savoy of Homebrew Emporium in Rensselaer, New York and West Boylston, South Weymouth, and Cambridge, Massachusetts – answers your questions on beer and brewing. WAMC’s Katie Britton hosts.

Our next guest has a tough job - and I would do it is a second. John Holl travels the country chronicling the story of American beer for his website www.beerbriefing.