Good Nature Brewing: A local, natural approach to crafting beer

goodnature-main.jpgChristian and Jerri hold down the fort while the owners

represent at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown.

Tucked away on a quiet street in Hamilton, NY, a fledgling brewery is brewing beer that hearkens back to a rich past.  The village may be best known as the home of Colgate University, but it is located in the heart of former hop country.  Over a hundred years ago, this land was the leading supplier of hops in the nation, and a significant source to the world.

Of course, that’s changed now.  But Good Nature Brewing reminds us of our rich history, and seeks to make ties to that hop-growing heyday.

Good Nature brews small batches that utilize ingrdiedents sourced as
locally as availability permits. The epitome of this mission is found in
the flagship brew, The Nor’ Easter. An imperial Irish Red Ale, The Nor’
Easter is made with locally grown cascade hops and New York grown
barley.  And it packs a wallop, coming in at 8.2% abv.

The brewery has an inviting, non-assuming personality.  It’s easy to
miss the small sign that sends you to the entrance, but once inside, the
amiable charm of the employees- and the beer- beckon.

A tasting tour of the beers starts with the Good Natured Blonde ale.  On
the day we visited, the day was moving toward sweltering, and this
refreshing beer was a great way to start.

The Chicory Mocha Porter and the Chamomile Honey Witte were unique
standouts among other strong offerings.  An avid lover of tea, I was
intrigued by the latter.  The chamomile is steeped during the last five
minutes of the boil, providing a pleasant aftertaste but not asserting
itself upfront.

Reviews of anything are highly subjective, and therefore I like to avoid
them.  If you were to ask me what the “best beer” was, I would opine on
the positive qualities of several. But when you have one growler to
fill, perhaps that speaks the strongest.

We took home a growler of The Nor ‘Easter.

I knew at first sip this was something special.  Strong, smooth, and possessing
that something that made it stand out from countless beers I’ve enjoyed
over the years.

As hop farming takes steps to re-establishing itself in Madison County and the surrounding area, it’s nice to see the results put to such good use.

goodnature-sign.jpgGood Nature Brewing’s unassuming sign

goodnature-witte.jpgA sample of Chamomile Honey Witte

goodnature-historic.jpgWhere Route 20 meets 12B, a sign heralds the rich
history of the area

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