Raising the beer tax in New York

Syracuse.com has an interesting article today about the potential impact (if any) of Governor Paterson’s proposed beer tax increase. According to the article, the change would increase the excise tax on beer from 11 cents to 24 cents per gallon. While the first page of the article focuses largely on Anheuser-Busch, the second page of the…

Yes, some people still care about Genny

Yes Virginia, there are people who still care about Genny. And most of them live in Rochester. A comment was left on an earlier post by TG who asked “Maybe I’m being a little too harsh, but does anyone really care about Genny anymore?” Let this video from WROC-TV be your answer…

Locally produced hops: A footnote

Shortly after I posted about growing hops in New York, I came across this article from the Grand Traverse Herald in Michigan that is about brewers’ rising interest in locally grown hops.  It’s not NY brew news per se, but it ties in nicely.

Hop farming, in your backyard

The Cooperstown Brewing Company makes a “Backyard IPA” that uses a quantity of locally grown hops in their mix of finishing hops.  In addition to being a tasty beverage, it started me thinking about the possibility of growing my own hops. As a homebrewer, I buy most of my hops online (I don’t have a full-fledged…

Brew Authority featured on Foaming Head blog

The kind folks over at The Foaming Head gave The NY Brew Authority a shout out on their New York beer blog, check it out. There is a lot of great content over at The Foaming head, including a domestic beer blog, the NY beer blog, and lots of beer reviews.  Plus they have videos!…

High Falls Brewery for sale?

Reuters is reporting that a private equity firm, KPS Capital Partners, may be making a deal to buy the High Falls Brewery in Rochester, NY in exchange for taking on their debt. High Falls makes the iconic Genesee brand beers and also the Dundee line, in addition to importing and distributing a few other labels.…

Fond Recollections… Moo Thunder Stout

Mayhaps the time has come to take a trip to Garrattsville.  Where?  Why? Moo Thunder. No, my neurons aren’t firing on the fritz.  Moo Thunder is a goodly stout that I had the honor of trying this summer at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester.  Smooth, malty and featuring less body than the stouts you…

Visit a brewery this weekend- here’s a list

No plans for the weekend?  Grab a designated driver and make a short roadtrip down the Bru-way using this list of New York breweries from The New York Brewer’s Association as your guide. At the same link, you’ll also find a downloadable brochure with a map of the listed breweries and brewpubs. Have a favorite…

Hard times, home brews

Here’s an idea: This article from the Buffalo Bulletin offers homebrewing as a response to tough economic times. Homebrewing isn’t necessarily cheap (thanks again, hop shortage), but if you compare it to buying quality beer by the six-pack, it looks better. Say on average you spend $20 – $40 dollars to brew five gallons (approximately…