Barclay releases statement on excise beer tax

MEDIA RELEASEPULASKI, N.Y., March 12, 2009  –  Statement from Assemblyman William A. Barclay I am very disappointed that the Governor did not remove the excise beer tax in his recent round of tax eliminations from his proposed budget.  The Governor proposes to increase the tax on every gallon of beer produced in New York from…

Sample Sackets Harbor without the trip north

If you’d like to sample the wares of Sackets Harbor Brewery without having to hire a team of sled dogs or renting a snowmobile (It’s cold up there!), here’s two opportunities: In Hamilton at The Colgate Inn, Saturday, March 14This is a nice place, and your beers come with a five-course meal.  Cost: $40. In Baldwinsville…

Follow the NY Brew Authority on Twitter

Hey all you… er, what do you call people who use Twitter?  I’m pretty new to this.  Twitterers? Tweeters? Certainly not Twits. Anyway, all you twitter-using, Web 2.0′ed, social-savvy folks can check us out at http://www.twitter.com/brewauthority, and I promise you won’t be overloaded.  It’s pretty amazing to see the flood of craft beer twittering that goes on.…

Ithaca Beer’s all NY hop IPA

From Ithaca Beer on Twitter: Head down to Grace Tavern (2229 Grays Ferry Ave.) Try a rare treat of ours: 2007 All NY HOP Double IPA! Can’t get it anywhere else, Really! If you’re in the Ithaca area this would be a great opportunity to try a beer made with NY grown hops.  Another good…

High Falls update: CEO stepping down

A little aftershock from the High Falls Brewery sale to KPS- the president and CEO Norm Snyder is stepping down: High Falls Brewery staffers said Tuesday that company president and chief executive Norm Snyder has resigned from the company, effective immediately. More from Rochester’s WXXI here.

Can you hear your beer?

The New York Times laments television’s invasion of the pub scene, and Stephen K. Hindy of Brooklyn Brewery is looking for a place he can think. Is TV the bane of your neighborhood bar? Beer is great for inducing conversation.  Television is great for killing it.  And no, banal one-line cheers and jeers at a…

“Beer Wars” to show in a New York theater near you

Mark your calendar: April 16th is the one-night movie event for the documentary Beer Wars, fresh as that bottle of craft beer you just cracked open. Beer Wars is a sudsy spin on the classic David vs. Goliath dynamic, documenting the rise of the craft beer industry under the shadow of the domestic behemoths.  Director…

Brew Tour: One kick-ass ale for Albany

  C.H. Evans Brewing Company at the Albany Pump Station is exactly what a great brewpub should be, with award-winning beer, tasty food and a fantastic environment.  Armed with a deep thirst, empty stomach and a camera, I recently visited the establishment for the benefit of the readership. Let’s start with the beer.  The “Kick-ass Brown”…

Six reasons to go to Philly this week

Thinking about the weekend? The Examiner.com has a post by Mike Pomranz that gives “6 reasons for New York beer drinkers to head down to Philly Beer Week.” Just be prepared for a little New York “trash talk.” I’m not sure anyone needs six entire reasons.  The two words “beer week” sort of speak for themselves.  

Are you a craft beer drinker?

Are you a craft beer drinker in the eyes of Neilsen, those rating and profiling super-experts?  The Baltimore Sun runs a blog “Kasper on Tap” that asked the same question.  Apparently Neilsen has profiled the craft beer drinker, and now it’s time to see if you fit the bill. I’ll start with myself. 1. Lives…