As we continue to watch the thermometers push 100 degrees, beer news upstate has continued to come fast and furious. Troy is buzzing with news of the central NY collaboration event coming up next week, the upcoming Hudson valley and Western NY brew days approaching, and lots of growth and expansion on horizon for breweries in general. There is a lot to cover so let’s start with the event we are hosting at the Ruck next Friday.
The 2018 World Cup may have bid farewell to Germany, shocking the soccer world. While their team may no longer be on the road to this year’s final, some great beer with origins in Germany will certainly be enjoyed leading up to and during the July 16th penultimate championship match. When it comes to enjoying beer in the summer, German brewers have beer doing it right for centuries. With a varied number of light and refreshing styles to choose from, I will be focusing on two of them, both ales. The Kölsch and Berliner Weiss both make a strong argument to be your next lawnmower beer or fill up your next beach-bound cooler. With our back patio open and our Spring/Summer menu full of great fresh and light options, our taps are begging for these light and refreshing German styles.
Its Spring, the weather is great, and it’s a perfect time to enjoy some refreshing sour beers. Many American breweries have been release some seasonal and year rounds kettle soured beers such as the briny Gose style and the often fruited Berliner Weiss style. Origins of sour beers date back hundred of years. Much of the original beers of the styles like Gueuze, Flanders Red, Oud Bruin, and Lambc originated in Belgium, which still has many of the best representations of these styles. Now that our patio is open and most of the Spring rain is behind us, we are having a beer and cheese pairing event on Friday, May 27th! Below is a preview of the beers with more info to be added to our Facebook event including the cheeses and any other details. These are some of my favorite beers, and I cannot wait to join you all for some great weather, excellent beer, and fine cheese
The Ruck is Celebrating 20 Years!!! We are gonna be having our first event celebrating our 20 beers for 20 years brewery collaborations, next Friday, March 23rd. The event will be featuring collabs with Rare Form, Chatham, and Artisanal Brew Works out of Saratoga Springs. This is the first of many event we will be holding throughout the year. Each event will feature a different region. This first event features Capital District breweries, and we already have a few beers in the works with Brown’s and Common Roots that will be resting for the next few months doing their thing. Plan’s for a Western NY, Hudson Valley, NYC are already in the works with plans for a couple brews outside of New York are planned for later this Fall. If you aren’t excited already, here is some more info about the three trips we made out to these breweries and the beers we helped brew.
This wrap-up of a trip down to the gulf coast of Florida happens to fall on Tampa Craft beer week, leading up to Cigar City taking over a football stadium parking lot for what might be one of the most anticipated beer events of the year. Hunuhpu Day, Saturday, March 10th, marks Cigar City's tenth anniversary of its OG Mexican Chocolate Dessert Stout annual release. Tickets sold out quickly and include bottles of the coveted beer, and a party with an amazing list of breweries attending with some fantastic beer. This year many other breweries are joining in the excitement in their own unique ways.
As many of you are well aware, winters can be pretty rough in these parts. I am not a fan of winter sports or hunting, so most of the time I spend outside is walking my dog. Them winter blues got the better of me and I booked a flight to Florida a few weeks back. I thought I could see some friends I had need seen in a long time, enjoy the beach for a bit and explore the Gulf Coast beer scene. Here is a pint by pint recap of that trip.
What to expect in 2018? ... Continued
Here are some more trends to look forward to in beer this year. After spending some time in Florida last month, I found many of the draft lists at the breweries reflect some fun and exciting ideas like the ones below.
What's next for Craft Beer in 2018? What can we expect?
The Ruck's Jason Makman dives in.