Saturday, June 21, 2014

Citi Field Set To Host Bacon and Beer Classic


NEW YORK – Move over baseball…make way for two other American classics as bacon and beer take center stage at the home of the New York Mets this summer. What could be more American than beer and bacon at the ball park?

Cannonball Productions brings the Bacon and Beer Classic (baconandbeerclassic.com) to Citi Field for a unique doubleheader on July 26The Brunch session runs from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m., followed by an Evening session from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fans can attend one – or both – but need a ticket for each session. VIP ticket-holders will be admitted one hour earlier…an extra hour of beer and bacon!

A one-of-a-kind event, the Bacon and Beer Classic at Citi Field is part of a national series of events hosted by major league baseball stadiums across the country. Fans can get a taste of history as they walk through the stadium sampling craft beers and special bacon-inspired treats prepared by local chefs. There’ll also be live music to dance to, interactive games to bring out the inner kid in all, and plenty of cooking demonstrations and beer schools where everyone – from expert to novice – will learn a thing or two about bacon and beer.

“This certainly won’t be a run-of-the-mill experience for guests. The Bacon and Beer Classic brings together the best in local food, brews, and entertainment,” says Cannonball Productions and Bacon and Beer Classic founder Kate Levenstien. “Because New Yorkers are such die-hard sports fans and so knowledgeable about craft beer and gourmet food, we’re thrilled to be hosting our next event at Citi Field in July.”

The starting lineup for New York’s event is strong, and continues to grow. Already, more than 80 area restaurants and breweries have signed on, with each brewery serving at least two of its most celebrated brews. Restaurant chefs are being challenged to prepare their most delectable bacon-inspired dishes. Attendees can expect to taste several bacon classics and bacon creations they've never seen (or tasted) before.

To keep track of all the tasty treats, guests can download a mobile application that not only lets them vote for their favorites, but provides useful, interactive features for use during the event. After each session, votes will be tabulated and awards presented to restaurants and breweries.

Cannonball Productions ensures the experience is local by partnering with businesses and groups that provide the best the area has to offer, including D’Artagnan, its gourmet bacon provider. The event’s charity partner is Citymeals-on-Wheels (citymeals.org) which unites volunteers from the Greater New York City area. Citymeals-on-Wheels provides a continuous lifeline of nutritious food and human company to New York’s homebound elderly, last year delivering two million weekend, holiday and emergency meals to 18,000 frail and aged residents.

The Bacon and Beer Classic is an all-inclusive event, with guest receiving a souvenir Bacon and Beer Classic cup.  General admission tickets are $59 each. VIP experience tickets are available and provide access to a variety of exclusive privileges, including, but not limited to: one hour-early entrance, access to VIP areas on the warning track and inside the dugouts, and exclusive brew tastings.

For event information, please visit www.baconandbeerclassic.com. To purchase tickets online, go to www.baconandbeerclassicnyc.eventbrite.com/.  TheBacon and Beer Classic is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bandbclassic.


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

NYC “Brews” Brothers Introduce Oren's Daily Porter

(New York, NY) — Heartland Brewery founder Jon Bloostein and brother Oren Bloostein (Oren’s Daily Roast)— both owners of  multi-unit New York City beverage  businesses— have combined their love for beer and coffee to create Oren’s Daily Porter, a limited edition bottled ale available at all Heartland Brewery locations this month.
 
The Bloostein Brothers began brewing in 1986 when Oren started roasting green coffee in the back of a tiny store on 1st Avenue and 81st Street. Brother Jon followed in 1995, opening the first Heartland Brewery on Union Square, and winning three medals at the Great American Beer Festival shortly after opening.
 
Working closely with Oren, Heartland Master Brewer Kelly Taylor created a porter recipe with English and American malts, using Oren’s Sumatra coffee.  “Sumatra is the world's most full-bodied coffee,” says Oren Bloostein. “We have been purchasing Sumatra coffee since we opened—it’s the best, cleanest, sweetest Sumatra around.” Oren’s Daily Porter is great as a stand-alone beer, a dessert beer, or with chocolate or smoked ribs.
 
The full-bodied and herby flavor of the Sumatra coffee will complement the beer, and add to the uniqueness of the brewing process. “We’re adding the coffee in two different stages,” says Kelly, “in the kettle for flavor, and then in the fermenter for aroma.”
 
The Bloostein brothers are excited to share this collaboration with the public. “How we each found ourselves producing two of the world’s most popular drinks,” says Jon Bloostein, “is a mystery to both of us (and our mom), but the common denominator is water, which is why the charity we’ve chosen to give the proceeds to makes so much sense.”
 
One dollar from the sale of each pint of Oren’s Daily Porter will go toward the International Rescue Committee’s efforts to provide clean water to the people of Ethiopia; a cause that both brothers have supported for years.
 
 
Heartland Brewery is a collection of five NYC brewpubs, and Oren’s Daily Roast is a group of ten Big Apple-based coffee stores.
 
 
To learn more about Heartland Brewery, visit www.heartlandbrewery.com.
To learn more about Oren’s Daily Roast, visit www.orensdailyroast.com.
To learn more about The International Rescue Committee, visit http://www.rescue.org/.

Monday, March 31, 2014

2014 Edition of Belgium Comes To Cooperstown Will Have Las Vegas Theme

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) This August, what happens in Cooperstown, stays in Cooperstown.  That’s because “Belgium Comes to Cooperstown,” Brewery Ommegang’s beer, music, food, and all-things-fun fest is returning August 8 and 9 with a “Sin City” theme.  The annual festival offers beer enthusiasts the opportunity to taste hard-to-find Belgian ales from the Motherland and Belgian-style ales from all over North America – and this year a chance to do so dressed in a white Elvis jumpsuit. Tickets, which typically go faster than a stack of $20s at a cold black-jack table, go on sale to the public April 1.

This year’s Las Vegas theme will pervade the festival while more than 100 breweries will be on hand pouring more than 300 unique beers for the 3,000 attendees. In addition to great beer, BCTC promises gourmet food vendors, live music, on-site camping, fireworks, and much more.  Winning chefs from Ommegang’s national HopChef competition will go head to head on Saturday vying for top honors in food and beer pairing. And, for true Vegas high-rollers (well, VIP ticketholders and those lucky enough to get one of 300 limited ticket upgrades), a Game of Thrones experience will be available in recognition of Ommegang’s one-of-a-kind promotional partnership with the hit HBO series. Guests for this will receive a bottle of the soon-to-be-announced, and yet to be released fourth beer in Ommegang’s collaborative beer series, a commemorative glass and a photo opportunity on a replica of the Iron Throne from the show. Tickets for the upgrade are $25.

“We’ve been talking about a Las Vegas-theme for several years now and it only made sense because with so much great music and activities, plus a field full of beer-loving campers, BCTC is the festival that never sleeps,” said Tara Aitchison, Retails and Events Manager at Brewery Ommegang. “We are filling the weekend with several fun surprises so that just like Vegas, you never know where the night will take you but you are certain it will be fantastically memorable.  For this weekend at least, the “entertainment capital of the world” isn’t a dusty desert light-show, but an idyllic and quaint lakeside village in Upstate NY.”

Festivities begin on Friday at 6pm with a five-course beer-pairing dinner for VIP ticket holders.  The festival grounds open at noon on Saturday for patrons holding camping tickets.  Tastings begin at 2:30 pm for VIP ticket holders and 3 pm for general admission.  Tastings end at 7 pm.  There will be live music from 3 pm until midnight. On Sunday morning, breakfast will be served from 8 am until noon. The brewery will be closed to the public on Friday and Saturday, August 8 and 9, but will reopen for regular service on Sunday, August 10.

VIP tickets cost $250 and include the five-course beer pairing dinner, two nights of camping on the brewery grounds, and additional access to the beer tasting on Saturday afternoon. General admission tickets for Saturday’s tasting event cost $90 and general admission with camping on Saturday night costs $110. Guests may add the Game of Thrones package to their GA and GA+camping tickets for $25. The Game of Thrones experience is included in the costs of a VIP ticket.

Tickets go on sale April 1 at noon at Ommegang.com and Etix.com and are available until they sell out.  Please note that VIP tickets have sold out in under a minute for the last three years and all tickets sell out within a day of the event going on sale.  For more information, email events@ommegang.com or call (607) 544-1800 ext. 813. 




About Brewery Ommegang
Brewery Ommegang opened in 1997 to craft-brew fine Belgian-style ales. The brewery creates six ales year-round, as well as an extensive and imaginative range of seasonal and specialty ales. The beers have won a national following by connoisseurs of fine beer and are distributed in 43 states and internationally. Ommegang is located on a 136-acre farmstead in Cooperstown, New York, USA and offers free daily tours and inexpensive tastings as well as a 100-seat café, a well-stocked brewery store, and an annual calendar of public events. Ommegang is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. For more information, please contact info@ommegang.com, call 1-800-544-1809, or visit www.ommegang.com. Ommegang is a member of the Duvel family of fine beers. Follow Ommegang on Twitter: @BreweryOmmegang , Facebook.com/Ommegang, Instagram: @BreweryOmmegang 

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Adirondack Brewery Announces Expansion


Lake George, NY – March 19, 2014 - The Adirondack Brewery has announced that it has planned a five-year, $5 million expansion that will entail the construction of a distillery and tasting room, an events space and addition brewing and bottling facilities (elevation attached).

To accommodate the expansion, the Adirondack Brewery has purchased a four-acre lot connected to its Canada Street, Lake George location for $1.2 million, owner John Carr has announced. The site was purchased from the Off Track Betting Corporation, said Carr.

With the construction of a new plant on the property, Carr’s brewing and bottling capacities will triple, once the expansion is complete, Adirondack Brewery will produce 35,000 barrels of beer a year, said Carr.
According to Carr, the four-acre parcel includes a pedestrian corridor that will connect it with Sewell Street and the Adirondack Pub & Brewery.  That will allow the on-site Pub to shift most of its parking to the former OTB lot, landscape its grounds and expand outdoor restaurant seating.

The new distillery, which will be called High Peaks and produce whiskeys and rye under the brand name Cloud Splitter, will be the first distillery in Lake George.  Carr said he expects the distillery to produce 5,000 cases of spirits a year.  The plans include renovating the 8,000 square foot OTB building and installing the distillery operation behind a glass wall facing Canada Street.

Once remodeled, the High Peaks distillery will also include space for catered events, which will complement and serve events at the new festival space and conservation park opposite the site.

Adirondack Brewery’s beer is distributed locally within the 11 counties of New York State serviced by DeCrescente Distributing as well as 24 other counties in New York with High Peaks Distributing in Plattsburgh & Lake Placid, McCraith Beverage in  Utica, Onondaga Beverage in Syracuse, Eagle Beverage in Owsego & Watertown, Clare Rose Inc. on Long Island & by means of self-distribution in NYC.

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Adirondack Pub & Brewery is a full functioning brewery in the heart of Lake George Village, with all craft-brewed beers made on premise using the finest malt, hops, yeast and water, since 1999.  The Adirondack Pub, a full-service Adirondack themed dining establishment serves up all-American cuisine, is currently open on weekends and offers brewery tours Tuesdays & Fridays at 4 pm and Saturdays at 11:30 am.  Visit Adirondack Pub & Brewery at 33 Canada Street in Lake George, New York, www.adkbrewery.com & (518)668-0002

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Brewery Ommegang Releases Glimmerglass As New Spring Seasonal

(COOPERSTOWN, NY)  Brewery Ommegang, the Belgian-style brewery in Cooperstown, NY released its newest seasonal beer, Glimmerglass, this week. The new spring Saison is the fourth seasonal offer for the brewery (following Scythe & Sickle, Fleur de Houblon, and Adoration) and pays homage to Cooperstown’s pristine Otsego Lake.

Glimmerglass was the name given to Otsego Lake by author James Fenimore Cooper in his historical novel series, The Leatherstocking Tales. Nestled between gentle mountains, the pure and clear lake reflects not just objects held up to it but also the joyful spirit of its home Village of Cooperstown upon the arrival of each new spring.

“Having grown up in Cooperstown and spent so much time enjoying Otsego Lake, this was a very special beer for me to brew,” said Brewery Ommegang’s Innovation Manager, Mike McManus. “It’s the perfect beer to sip as you begin to migrate back outside again with warmer weather.  I hope everyone who drinks Glimmerglass finds it evocative of a refreshing and relaxing day aside a breezy and lively lake.” 

“Clean water is one of the most important ingredient in our beer and we’re very fortunate to brew in Upstate New York where there’s such an abundance of perfect water, said Ommegang Brewmaster Phil Leinhart. “Glimmerglass is our testament to the pure lakes and springs that our region is known for and a bit of a tribute to our home village and its wonderful history.”

Glimmerglass is brewed with white wheat, hopped with Bravo, Styrian Golding, Columbus and Cascade hops, and spiced with pink peppercorns and sweet orange peel.  Fermented with a classic saison yeast strain and bottle conditioned with Ommegang’s house yeast, Glimmerglass has fruity aromas of pear, apple and slight citrus balanced with a delicate floral hop character and a touch of spiciness. The taste is clean with pronounced fruit flavors and delicate bready malt following by welcomed spicing. A crisp finish offers lingering yet subtle notes of yeast and touches of fruity pepper. Glimmerglass is available now for a limited time on draft and in 12 oz. four-packs.

Brewery Ommegang opened in 1997 to craft-brew fine Belgian-style ales. The brewery creates six ales year-round, as well as an extensive and imaginative range of seasonal and specialty ales. The beers have won a national following by connoisseurs of fine beer and are distributed in 44 states and internationally. Ommegang is located on a 136-acre farmstead in Cooperstown, New York, USA and offers free daily tours and inexpensive tastings as well as a 100-seat café, a well-stocked brewery store, and an annual calendar of public events. Ommegang is open every day of the year except for Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day, and New Year’s Day. For more information, please contact info@ommegang.com, call 1-800-544-1809, or visit www.ommegang.com. Ommegang is a member of the Duvel family of fine beers. Follow Ommegang on Twitter: @BreweryOmmegang , Facebook.com/Ommegang, Instagram: @BreweryOmmegang 

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

NYC Brewers Choice to Bring Regional Grains, Brewers, City’s Best Chefs to Wythe Hotel

The original “better beer event” returns, as NYC Brewers Choice brings 25+ brewers to the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on February 26th from 6:00-9:30 p.m. Dating back to the very first Craft Beer Week six years ago, NYC Brewers Choice remains the only independently produced event that ties this year’s NYC Beer Week to its Beer Week origins. This year we return with even more food from the city’s best chefs, restaurants and artisanal food purveyors to pair with beer from brewers who have been encouraged to brew beer with regional grains specifically for our event.

     Among the features of this year’s NYC Brewers Choice:
  • The best line-up of food at any NYC Beer Week event, including Reynard, Mile End Deli and Luke's Lobster;
  • The celebration of the 200th episode of Beer Sessions Radio™ on the Heritage Radio Network;
  • Officials from NY State will be present to celebrate local grains, with a portion of the proceeds going to GrowNYC’s Regional Grains Project;
  • The return of Blind Tiger’s Dave Brodrick as co-curator of the beer list;
  • 25+ brewers pouring specially made craft beer, many with grains source through Valley Malt.
NYC Brewers Choice was founded by Jimmy Carbone, Ray Deter and Dave Brodrick six years ago as a specially curated beer and food experience (beer is served in stemware with the Wythe Hotel providing an elegant atmosphere for sophisticated beer lovers), where the public can interact with brewers and beer industry veterans. The all-inclusive ticket (everyone’s a VIP at NYC Brewers Choice) is only $65 advance purchase ($75 week of event).

A full list of brewers, chefs and restaurants—along with ticketing information—is available at nycbrewerschoice.com.
The Good Beer Seal was co-founded in 2009 by Jimmy Carbone (Jimmy’s No. 43), Ray Deter (RIP – former owner of d.b.a.), Ben & Mike Wiley (Bar Great Harry), Gary Gillis (Burp Castle/Standings), and Dave Brodrick (Blind Tiger). The Good Beer Seal exists to identify bars offering an intriguing selection of craft beer in a unique atmosphere created by owner/operators who exhibit a deep commitment not only to the promotion of craft beer but to their community as well.
Beer Sessions Radio™ airs every Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. on Heritage Radio Network. Jimmy Carbone, co-founder of The Good Beer Seal and owner of Jimmy’s No. 43 in the East Village, plays host to an audio ale salon celebrating the world of craft beer. Through discussions with beer industry insiders and knowledgeable beer fans from across the country, Jimmy and his friends explore every aspect of the brewer's craft from grains to pint glass and tasting to toasting. Beer Sessions Radio is sponsored by GreatBrewers.com, your online source for craft beer information, and supported by The Good Beer Seal.
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Anheuser-Busch Agrees to Purchase Blue Point Brewing Company


Long Island-Based Brewer to Access Anheuser-Busch Resources, Bring Craft Brands to More Consumers

ST. LOUIS and LONG ISLAND, N.Y., Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Anheuser-Busch today announced it has agreed to purchase Blue Point Brewing Co., one of the nation's top craft brewers with more than 40 beers and sales concentrated along the East Coast, in a move that will bring additional resources to Blue Point's operations, allowing it to meet growing consumer demand for its award‑winning brands. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Blue Point, known for its creativity, was founded by Mark Burford and Peter Cotter 15 years ago in Patchogue, N.Y., where the brewery will continue to operate. Anheuser-Busch also plans to invest in the brewery to grow its operational capabilities and enhance the consumer experience over the next few years.
"We are deeply grateful to our family of loyal employees and customers. Our success was made possible by the hard work of good people and good beer in Patchogue," said Peter Cotter, who will continue to be instrumental in the success of the brands along with co-founder Mark Burford. "Together, our talented brewing team and Anheuser-Busch will have the resources to create new and exciting beers and share our portfolio with even more beer lovers," said Mark Burford.
In 2013, Blue Point sold approximately 60,000 barrels, with 50 percent of the volume from its flagship brand, Toasted Lager. It also sells Hoptical Illusion, Blueberry Ale and seasonal brands among others.
"As we welcome Blue Point into the Anheuser-Busch family of brands, we look forward to working with Mark and Peter to accelerate the growth of the Blue Point portfolio and expand to new markets, while preserving the heritage and innovation of the brands," said Luiz Edmond, CEO of Anheuser-Busch. "With Anheuser-Busch's strong beer credentials, we share a commitment to offering high-quality beers that excite consumers. Blue Point brands have a strong following and even more potential."
Anheuser-Busch's purchase of Blue Point is expected to close in early second quarter of 2014.
Ippolito Christon & Co. acted as financial advisers to Blue Point. Ettelman & Hochheiser, P.C. acted as legal counsel to Blue Point.
About Blue Point Brewing Company
Blue Point Brewing Company is Long Island's oldest and most award-winning brewery. Founded in 1998 by Mark Burford andPete Cotter, Blue Point Brewery is headquartered in Patchogue, New York, and is currently the 34th largest craft brewery in the U.S. Blue Point Brewing Company is independently owned and operated and its beers are available in 15 states of distribution including New YorkNew JerseyMassachusettsConnecticutPennsylvaniaRhode IslandNew HampshireVermont,MarylandDelawareVirginiaNorth CarolinaGeorgiaFlorida, and MichiganBlue Point's portfolio of more than 40 craft beers includes Hoptical Illusion, ESB, RastafaRye Ale, Sour Cherry Imperial Stout, Toxic Sludge, White IPA, No Apologies Double IPA, and its flagship Toasted Lager, which won the World Beer Cup in 2006.
About Anheuser-Busch
For more than 160 years, Anheuser-Busch and its world-class brewmasters have carried on a legacy of brewing America's most-popular beers. Starting with the finest, all-natural ingredients sourced from Anheuser-Busch's family of growers, every batch is hand-crafted using the same exacting standards and time-honored traditions passed down through generations of proud Anheuser-Busch brewmasters and employees. Best known for its fine American-style lagers, Budweiser and Bud Light, the company's beers lead numerous beer segments and combined hold 47.6 percent share of the U.S. beer market. Anheuser-Busch is the U.S. arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev and operates 12 breweries, 17 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities across the United States, representing a capital investment of more than $15.5 billion. Its flagship brewery remains in St. Louis, Mo., and is among the global company's largest and most technologically capable breweries. Visitor and special beermaster tours are available at its St. Louis and four other Anheuser-Busch breweries. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.