Beer price to bump

In case you missed it, the excise tax looks like a go: Wine won’t be sold in grocery stores; beer tax increase The above article also answers the question “what does New York STILL have in common with Alaska, Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Utah?”

Belgium comes to Cooperstown

Tickets for Ommegang’s Belgium comes to Cooperstown event go on sale tomorrow, April 1st at noon.  If you’re interested in attending this one, you need to pull the trigger, fast. The actual event is July 31st and August 1st.  From Ommegang’s site: Friday July 31st details: Multi-course catered dinner with beer pairings. Guest speakers. Live…

Too many hops?

Hop stocks are up 24% this year, on the heels of a 32% increase in hop acreage in the United States according to this article from Capital Press based in Salem, Oregon. From my perspective, I hope this translates into lower prices at the store.  It seems that prices are always going up, and then stay…

This Week In Blog, 1st Edition

Welcome to the first edition of “This Week in Blog,”  a summation of highlights from (mostly) beer-oriented blogs in (mostly) NYS from (mostly) the last week. Did I miss something that might fit the list that you enjoyed this week?  Post’er to the comments. Onward! NY Craft Beer Examiner: Manhattan Cask Ale Festival recap: What went…

Beer City USA

The iconic homebrewing advocate and writer Charlie Papazian writes a blog of sorts for the Examiner.com, and is running a poll to determine “Beer City USA.”  I am one of many who have a well-worn copy of his “Joy of Homebrewing.” Well, obviously this poll is more for fun than a definitive answer, but it did…

Raise beer/alcohol taxes, save lives?

The Buffalo News published an opinion piece today that advocates a 25 cents per drink alcohol tax in New York State.  The opinion is in response to The Buffalo News’ original opinion piece in favor of expanding wine sales to supermarkets. The closing argument: We shouldn’t have to ask the question, “How much is it…

New York’s beer tax fight a sign of the times

Here’s the ultimate blog post:  a link to a story that relies heavily on yet another story- the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article “Does New York’s beer tax fight foreshadow controversy ahead?” (Be warned, the headline has almost as much original content as the story.  Also, can one foreshadow something that is behind?  Anyway….) Across the…

Southern Tier’s stout a “beer with a kick”

Wine Enthusiast Magazine lists “Beers with a Kick,” brews featuring coffee flavors.  On the list is Southern Tier Brewing Company’s Jah*va Imperial Coffee Stout.  Coffee flavored beers hold a a special place for me, as a coffee porter inspired to me to take up homebrewing so I could make my own.  Check out the list for…

St. Patrick’s day and beer? Odd Combination.

Well, today’s St. Patrick’s Day.  And until Guinness succeeds in it’s lobby to make the day a national holiday, most of us probably have to work.  Not me, but that’s another story.  Technically I celebrated St. Patrick’s by going to a parade last Saturday morning.  You may have as well, or may be going to…