Empire State Brewing and Music Festival

Mark Friday, July 10, 2009 on your calendar for the Empire State Brewing and Music Festival in Syracuse, NY.  Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the gate.  That’ll get you a commemorative samping glass and 300 styles of beer to use it with. Participating breweries: Abita Ale Street NewsAllagashAnchor SteamAnheuser Busch Amber BockAnheuser Busch…

This week in blog

This week in blog has been suffering the last few weeks.  Blame it on a trip to Scotland.  But it’s back now. The Foaming HeadShmaltz Releases Mermaid PilsnerA draft-only summer attraction for New Yorkers. Brooklyn HomebrewMarket Research DayA new enterprise in Brooklyn looks for some survey help. The Brew ClubSaranac Belgian White – Beer ReviewThe Saranac…

Black Crowes round out Saranac Concert Series

Blues Traveler and Rusted Root have come and gone, but the Saranac Concert Series is far from over.  Upcoming: Dark Star Orchestra w/ Keller Williams, July 17th Gov’t Mule, August 7th The Black Crowes w/ Truth & Salvage Co., September 11th Also, for moe.rons, Saranac is presenting moe. at the New York State Fairgrounds on July…

State of the hop union

Charlie Papazian has an interesting report on the German hop situation after a storms damaged the crop late this May.  Papazian notes this may be more information than the average beer drinker would be interested in, but also recommends homebrewers put some German hops in the freezer for next year. Updates to The New York…

Ommegang charity event features Huey Lewis and the News

How much would you pay for an open bar of Ommegang, premium h’ordeuvres, hobknobbing with ESPN celebs and a performance by Huey Lewis and the News? If you answered $195, in addition to being eerily correct, you will also be excited about this Catskill Area Hospice charity event hosted at Brewery Ommegang on July 1st. A little…

Utica Club found in Albany library ceiling

I twittered about this the other day – A vintage six-pack of Utica Club beer was found in the ceiling of a library in Albany during a renovation.  It’s believed to have been in the ceiling since the construction of the library in 1965.  Utica Club is still produced today by the makers of Saranac.…

Bottle bill delayed

The controversial bottle bill that would require special UPCs for bottles sold outside the state has been delayed by a judge until April 1 of next year, according to this article from the New York Times.