Last week Governor Andrew Cuomo hosted leaders from the beer, wine and spirits industry for a “beer summit” in Albany. Immediately out of that meeting came some changes that should continue to bolster the industry across the state. It is no secret that the beer and brewing industry is on the cusp of a major renaissance in the Central New York area, and as Madison County was ground zero in the hops industry in the late 1800′s and early 1900′s, it is well positioned to be there again as this new generation of beer and brewers hone their craft.
The Colgate Inn, in Hamilton has been on the cusp of the craft beer movement for a long time. When they reopened their tap room after the renovations, beer lovers were thrilled to find a large number of taps, all filled with excellent craft beers. When it was time to introduce Good Nature Brewing to the world, it was the Colgate Inn that allowed them to take over the taps. Now the inn takes its love and knowledge of beer and is raising it to an entirely new level.
Partnering with Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Northeast Hop Alliance, the inn will sponsor an interactive Hops Symposium and Brew Review on November 30th and December 1, 2012. This two day event will feature a Beer Pairing Dinner, Hops Growing Conference, Local Home Brew Review and Open Craft Beer Tasting.
The weekend begins with a Local Craft Beer Pairing Dinner at the Colgate Inn. Local Craft beers will be paired with each of the four courses offered. This event allows the general public, local hops farmers, home brewers, brew masters from regionally and nationally accredited breweries and local politicians including Senator Dave Valesky and Assemblyman Bill Magee, the opportunity to engage and share information. The dinner is $35 a person for the four course meal served in the Green Room of the Inn.
The educational component begins on Saturday, December 1st with Steve Miller of Cornell Cooperative Extension. Mr. Miller will host the North East Hops Alliance annual conference at the STUAC Center on the SUNY Morrisville Campus. This all day seminar is geared toward hop growers and brewers and is open to both NeHA members and non-members. The cost to attend the conference is $75 for NeHA members and $85 for non members.
Home Brewers are the focus of the Home Brew Review held at the Colgate Inn on Saturday afternoon. Local Home Brewers will have the opportunity to have their Craft Beers sampled by and appraised by brew masters from Saranac Brewing Company, the Adirondack Brewing Company and Good Nature Brewing. This one-on- one opportunity will allow Home Brewers to gain valuable feedback on their Craft Beers from these renowned experts.
Over twenty local and regional breweries will present their Craft Beers for sampling at the Open Craft Brew Tasting Saturday afternoon. Attendees can sample beers from Adirondack Brewery, Good Nature Brewing, Ithaca Beer Company, Saranac Brewing and Brewery Ommegang as well as many other breweries. This event is open to the public and tickets cost $30 in advance and $35 at the door.
The Inn’s website has a page dedicated to the event and you can keep up to date on all of the plans there. It looks like a great opportunity to celebrate craft beers, hops and brewing in Hamilton.