New Saratoga brewpub opening August 1st

I love visiting Saratoga Springs.  Activities abound, from the racetrack to SPAC. And the craft beer enthusiast in me enjoys the quality pubs and restaurants the village has to offer. The Olde Saratoga Brewing Co. is a nice place to visit too, offering fine ales in a low-key setting (they also contract-brew Schmaltz beers). Add…

Cuomo signs beer bill at Saranac’s brewery

From The Albany Times Union:  …A glass of Saranac Lager was waiting for Gov. Cuomo at Utica’s F.X. Matt Co. after a Wednesday morning signing ceremony. Cuomo and legislators reached agreement on three bills during this year’s legislative session to spare the state’s 92 brewers from a March 28 legal settlement that would have upped…

Syracuse’s Empire Brewfest this weekend

Well, if you were looking for a brewfest to attend this coming weekend, here’s a big one for you- Syracuse’s “Empire Brewfest” is being held July 20th and 21st. According to the event’s website, craft beer enthusiasts can expect a few changes from last year’s format, including a BBQ competition featured on the second day.…

Ommegang, Saranac delivering great beer, bands this summer

Delicious craft beer is well-paired with “craft” music, and Central New York breweries Ommegang and Saranac (FX Matt) are delivering both all summer long. Cake, Counting Crows, Yonder Mountain String Band, and others have already graced the breweries’ stages, but the summer is just getting started. Here is a list of the acts craft beer…

Adirondack Brewery expands distribution

From the Glens Falls Post Star: After completing a major brewery expansion this year, the Adirondack Brewery is amping up distribution of its beer across the state… The brewery recently began partnering with a second distributor, High Peaks Distributing in Saranac Lake, which will give its products a presence in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties……

Celebrating July 4th with Innis & Gunn

A Scottish beer to celebrate American independence? Sure, if it tastes good. I had the pleasure to sample Innis & Gunn’s “Independence Beer,” and as the daylight faded, I also snapped a few photos on my weather-worn picnic table.  An appropriate place as any to consume a July 4th beverage. Photos and more info after…