Rohrbach rumors

If you drink beer and use the Internet, you’re probably familiar with Beer Advocate, a popular magazine and Website devoted to beer.  Between the copius beer reviews and the busy forums, it’s an easy way to burn through time without even realizing it. One discussion thread that’s been active the past few days concerns the replacement…

Custom BrewCrafters & libertarianism

I was poking around Buttle’s Beer Blog (a great blog out of Rochester that links to us, hurrah) and thought I would share an interesting post that mentions Custom Brewcrafters in Honeoye Falls, NY (near Rochester) and reviews their St. Patrick’s Irish Ale. The business model for Custom Brewcrafters intrigued me.  From the official site: Custom…

Labatt USA headquarters to remain in Buffalo

I understand that this may not fall under the umbrella of “craft beer,” but it’s heartening economic news for another depressed upstate city.  Plus, it ties into the KPS purchase of High Falls. The Buffalo News writes that Labatt USA will remain headquartered in Buffalo, and in these days of economic turbulence, not having bad news is…

It’s official: Rochester’s High Falls Brewery sold

Rochester’s High Falls Brewery has been sold to the New York City investment firm, KPS Capital Partners.  According to News 10, rumors are swirling inside and outside the brewery, but the news doesn’t seem bad.  In fact, good news may be on the horizon, including more investment in marketing and equipment, and more jobs if Labatt…

Ommegang’s beer deserves great food

Each Saturday from now through April 4th, Brewery Ommegang is hosting their “great beer deserves great food” winter dining series.  The brewery hooks up with local chefs who feature Ommegang beer as a key ingredient in various dishes. I can personally attest this is a good time to visit the brewery, but like Ommegang’s Website…

Brooklyn Brewery to launch Local 2

 Brooklyn Brewery is releasing its latest concoction, the Brooklyn Local 2 on Friday, March 6.  According to the Brooklyn Website, the Local 2 is an abbey-inspired ale that features New York State raw wildflower honey, Belgian dark candi sugar, and sweet orange peel. Interested in attending the launch party?  Visit Brooklyn Brewery’s event page for…

The decline of NY hop farming… and hop orgies?

I came across a fascinating article from The New York Times today, one of those finds that makes you wonder “is there anything that isn’t on the Web?”  The article in question was originally published September 9, 1894, and is available as a free PDF of the original print. “HOP INDUSTRY IN THIS STATE: In…

Another spin on Kid Rock’s craft beer

Kid Rock is “designing” his own craft beer with the Michigan Brewing Co., according to an article from the Detroit Free Press: The beer’s name, style and pricing are yet to be decided. Kid Rock is working closely with Mason (the brewer) on the design, naming and style of the beer… I’m almost afraid to see…

More Ubu for you

Lake Placid Pub & Brewery has a recent distribution update on their site: We are FINALLY able to expand our distribution.  We have re-entered the Albany area market and are back in the Syracuse region (Clark’s Blue Tusk, Awful Al’s, Wegman’s, and more)… For the complete update, head over to the official site.  You can also find…