craft beer

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Take a walk through Albany’s warehouse district and you’ll notice some new businesses in the old brick structures. The strip has become a hotbed for craft beverage producers.

  This Saturday, August 20th, Big Slide Brewery and Public House on Cascade Road in Lake Placid, New York will hold its grand opening party from noon to 8 p.m.

The event will include live music, locally sourced food, a mechanical bull, games and activities for kids and families, and, of course, great beer -- including a new Russian Imperial Stout, named "To Russia, with love" which has been aging in a decommissioned Atlas Missile silo for the last eight months.

The new establishment is a sister-brewery to the The Lake Placid Pub & Brewery which has been brewing excellent beer in the Adirondacks since 1996.

Our guest is Stu Ruttan, the General Manager of Big Slide Brewery and Public House.

Hoppy Trails Brew Bus

Aug 4, 2016


  With over 20 breweries, distilleries and wineries in the Adirondack region, Hoppy Trails Brew Bus is dedicated to making the assent, plotting routes for your beverage consuming enjoyment. Their tours are all inclusive – incorporating some of the more senior members of the brewing community, while promoting the up-and-coming breweries, distilleries and wineries surrounded by the Adirondacks.

The tours include looking at the crafting process, samplings, along with plenty of snacks to soak up the suds along the way. To learn more – we welcome -Gabe and Olivia Sutton, co-owners of Hoppy Trails Brew Bus, Christian Weber of Common Roots, and Mike Forcier from Spring Brook Hollow Distillery.

  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. 

  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.

  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.

  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. 

WAMC, Allison Dunne

As in many other states, craft beer is on the rise in New York. But new snags have accompanied the brewing boom. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer recently stopped by a brewery in Dutchess County to push for malt barley crop insurance. Farmers and brewers alike say it would help craft brewers increase their locally-sourced ingredients.

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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. 

  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.

With the explosion of the craft beverage industry, advocates for economic development in Washington and Warren Counties are planning this summer to launch a regional tour as a means of connecting more tourists with locally made beer, wines, and other specialty beverages. 

John Davidson, co-owner of Davidson Brothers Brewing Co., announced this week the company produced the first brew from its new 22,000-square foot facility in Queensbury.

“Fifty barrels of our signature IPA that we brewed 17 years ago downtown,” said Davidson.


  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.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

On a September evening, Greg Garrison and his family are preparing to pick the last of their first harvest of hops at their farm in Ballston, New York. After pulling the load of bines off the back of a truck, the hops are loaded onto an angled table.

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

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.

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.