Congratulations New York 2009 Great American Beer Festival Winners

The awards are in from this year’s Great American Beer Fest and New York breweries have taken a few medals for themselves. Gold Medal Winners: Pleasantville’s Captain Lawrence Brewing Co’s Rosso e Marrone in the American-Style Sour Ale category. Southampton’s Southampton Publick House’s Berliner Weisse in the German-Style Sour Ale category. Silver Medal Winners: Patchogue’s…

Rochester’s North American Breweries completes successful recapitalization

  PRESS RELEASE – KPS Capital Partners, LP (“KPS”) announced today that its portfolio company, North American Breweries, Inc. (“NAB”), has completed a successful recapitalization. NAB has now returned to KPS’ investors a substantial amount of their invested capital, and KPS and management continue to own 100% of NAB’s common stock following the recapitalization. KPS…

Quitting your job for the love of beer

The New York Times has a quick article on a pair who quit their entry-level day jobs to pursue their beer dreams, specifically, opening the Brooklyn Beer Shop.  I’m sure this fantasy has crossed many a mind.  It’s crossed mine. From the article: Stephen Valand, 23, and Erica Shea, 25, quit their jobs earlier this…

Voting, beer fun, issues, reviews and hops

Yes, time for another edition of “This Week in Blog” and other items of interest to the New York craft beer drinker on the Web! Lexington Herald-LeaderThe best cheap beers by a yardSo, Saranac Pale Ale is mentioned in this article and there is also a poll for “the best cheap beer.”  “Inexpensive” sounds like a…

Nothing bitter about Madison County Hop Fest

Here’s one for beer lovers, homebrewers and hop enthusiasts in particular:  The 14th Annual Madison County Hop Fest (official site) in Oneida, NY. Things kick off Friday, September 18 with a paired beer dinner… though that appears to be sold out.  Luckily the main event is Saturday, and you have a few options: * Hop Fest –…

NY Craft Beer Week STARTS NOW!

Tis the season for getting swept up into “real” life and forgetting about the blog… at least until @rtgirard on Twitter reminded that NY Craft Beer Week begins today.  And considering the moniker of this here site, well, it would be a crying shame to let it slip by. This second annual event runs September…

My first hop harvest

I officially harvested my first homegrown hops yesterday.  I had purchased two pairs of hop rhizomes, chinooks and cascades, from freshops in the spring.  They took right off, but two ultimately perished after being nibbled on by a mystery animal while I was away on a trip. One of each type survived. The hops pictured…