Winter has officially hit and while the cold weather tends to slow us down there are quite a few breweries that never seem to slow down that don't show signs of slowing down in 2019. Here are some New York Brewers(and one from Pennsylvania) to keep an eye on in the coming year.
With the purchase of the old Nedloh brewing facility and recent opening of that 2nd facility in the Rochester/Finger Lakes region, this powerhouse will be churning out a lot more quality liquid. With their world spanning collaborations and upcoming Dessert Stout Festival in March down in Brooklyn, it seems that they continue to make trends instead of copy them. I am sure you will be seeing more of them on draft in the Capital District.
Over this last year this brewery in the Catskills has quietly carved out quite a niche. There are many fans already of their Moonfarmer IPA, but don't sleep on their dark beers, pilsners and pales. The taproom is off the main roads, but worth the trip and a great addition to any weekend in the mountains. Not sure what they have planned for this year but I can't wait to find out.
I first found out about this brewery when I noticed their sharp clean can designs. They make big beer, wild beer, and some pretty eccentric beer. Situated South of Rochester, in Avon, its proximity to the new Other Half facility should help bring more people to this hidden gem. They recently did a collaboration with Beer Tree brewing who have graced our taps recently, so maybe Mortalis is not far behind?
Our neighbors in Schenectady have a new brewery and taproom, and while I have not visited yet, I have only heard great things. With Brewers like Drew Schmidt and Rich Michaels running things, you can be sure the quality of their beer will be top notch. With the plan to brew 4,000 barrels this year, I am sure we will be seeing that frog on our draft lines quite a bit.
Separatist Beer Project
What was once Sole Artisan Ales, has grown to become Separatist Beer Project. In their previous incarnation, they had a focus on hoppy offerings and that has change to mixed fermentation. The capital district has recently seen Separatist begin to distribute their bottled funky fermentables as well as some hoppier options on draft. Additionally, their brewer recently started a month long residency/exchange at Cantillon, so that's cool.
That is all for now, but don’t forget to come out for the Troegs Nugget Nectar event next week. There will be some delicious hoppy amber ale served three ways: on cask, nitro, and regular draft. I have a feeling this will be the year of the New England style hazy Amber, you heard it here first. Cheers!