Yikes…February’s just flying by. And clearly the craft beer biz isn’t slowing down any time soon. But no worries, Beer Buzz is always on the case, keeping you plugged in into all the beer news and lifestyle that matters. Plus we’ve an all-important update on what we’ve been drinking lately and you don’t want to miss that.
The Empire State Breaks All-Time Brewery Record! (Albany, NY) – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that New York State is now home to 400 breweries, a new record that surpassing the previous high of 393 breweries set in 1876. An entire listing of those New York State Breweries is available Here
New York’s brewing history can be traced back to Colonial America. The first commercial brewery opened in Manhattan in 1632, after settlers quickly realized the state’s climate was ideal for growing hops and barley and things escalated from there.
By the close of the 19th century, developments in pasteurization, refrigeration, rail transport and bottling shifted New York’s Brewing industry from small-scale production for local consumption to an industry dominated by enormous breweries, all of which came crashing to end with the enactment of the Prohibition in 1920.
Words To Drink By (Albany, NY) “Once one of the largest producers of beer in the country, New York continues to lower the costs of business by modernizing laws and rolling back red tape to restore the Empire State as the standing leader in the craft beer manufacturing industry,” NY Governor Cuomo
New Modern Times Tasting Room Evolves Into Vegan Eatery (Encinitas, CA) – Explained as a tasting room when it was first announced at the end of 2016, Modern Times’ planned outlet for downtown Encinitas has evolved into a vegan eatery (with serious beer of course) according to the San Diego Eater.
Modern Times Far West Lounge, which is expected to open this summer, will offer a plant-based menu in Encinitas that will similar to The Dankness Dojo, Modern Times Beer’s vegan restaurant in LA.
What We’ve Been Drinking Lately (Portland, OR) – We recently tapped something interesting from the Boston Beer Company that’s new and exclusive to their Samuel Adams American Craft Lager Variety Pack. Brewed with Sumatran and Indian Monsoon Malabar coffee, which adds deeply roasted dimension to the new seasonal, Samuel Adams Coffee Black Lager is a 4.9% ABV limited edition offering that’s solid drinking, day or night.