Breweries sound off on bottle bill

Good article in The Daily Gazette out of Schenectady on the possible impact of the bottle bill.  A quote from the article: Nick Matt, president of F.X. Matt Brewery in Utica, which makes the Saranac line of beers and soft drinks, called the UPC code requirement “costly and terribly inefficient. If every state in the…

This week in blog

BeerNews.orgIthaca’s next Excelsior! an Old HabitAnd it’s aged in rye whiskey barrels for eight months. A Blog About Beer2009 Vermont Brewers Festival Lineup AnnouncedA solid list with a few special guests from New York State. The Foaming HeadOlde Saratoga’s IPA ReleaseGreat town, great beer style. Maybe I just found something to do next weekend… Syracuse.com…

Bottle bill may lead to beer shortage

An interesting letter to the editor in The Journal News suggesting that the cost to produce separate UPCs for New York may deter craft brewers from distributing in the state: …There are plenty of other deprived states that will gladly take New York’s share of these limited beers. Yuengling Brewery has already announced to its…

FX Matts brewery (Saranac) #7 by sales in volume

Just ran across an article from the Observer-Dispatch on the FX Matt brewery being recognized (you may be more familiar with their Saranac brand).  The highlights: #7 in sales by volume among the top 50 craft breweries #15 in sales by volume amongst all US breweries The article notes that in 2007 the brewery was…

Missing: Chelsea Brewing Co. hop token

I was perusing the Chelsea Brewing Co. blog when I ran across this post asking for help in finding a stolen antique hop token.  Apparently, a drunk guy on their brewery tour left with it after being kicked out. Having enjoyed their beer at TAP-NY, I just want to do my small part in disseminating this…

New York Action Alert from the AHA

Thanks to @rtgirard for the forward…   Action Alert email from the AHA … May 4, 2009 Dear New York Beer Activist, At the request of the New York State Brewers Association, we are alerting you to an issue which could dramatically affect your access to the craft beers made by small breweries all across…

Holy crap, it’s May

Perhaps not the most sage of observations, but May sure did sneak up on me.  Before May, life is like a slow, cold drip until April ends and then the spigot opens wide. There’s something about May: It’s already hit 90 degrees-  bring on the wheat beer. The new beer tax is in effect!  Hurrah. Saranac…

This week in blog – First of May edition

Beer America TVVideo feature: Brooklyn Local 2Picked this one off of the @BeerAmericaTV Twitter feed. An up-close and personal look at what makes the Local 2 the Local 2.  Not a blog, you say?  That’s just how I operate. The Foaming HeadReview: Blue Point’s Hoptical IllusionThe Foaming Head reviews a lot of New York brews…