HUDSON VALLEY

HUDSON VALLEY

By Mark A. Marnell
markmarnell@yahoo.com

Keegan Ales in Kingston just came out with Fun IPA’s little cousin, 4.6% Citra-hopped Little Bit of Fun session IPA. They recently acquired a new 1-bbl pilot system to release new monthly seasonals and will use it to engage in a new NY State grain evaluation project that entails a partnership between Cornell Cooperative Extension, Keegan Ales, From The Ground Brewery in Red Hook, Hudson Valley Malt in Germantown and Hudson Valley Farmhub, a local nonprofit center with over 1,200 acres of farmland in Hurley dedicated to research and implementation of resilient NY State agriculture. Several varieties of barley, rye and wheat are being grown, will be malted by Hudson Valley Malt, and brewed by the two breweries and evaluated to help determine which varieties are most efficient and best suited for growth here in the Hudson Valley.

Tommy Keegan with maltsters Dennis and Jeanette Nesel from Hudson Valley Malt toasting to their kickoff of a new beer grain evaluation project.

Crossroads Brewing should be making beer at their new Catskill production brewery in August. At their Athens brewpub they have new beers: 4.2% Lane4 American session IPA brewed with Ahtanum, Mosaic and Galaxy; a DIPA made with Amarillo, Galaxy, and Nelson Sauvin; and Slack Tide Red IPA singly hopped with Mosaic. Newburgh Brewing is expanding again, this time with a canning line that will be pumping out beers in August. Look for year round cans of MegaBoss IPA, Cream Ale, and Brown Ale, more one offs and monthly specialty beers like NanoBoss session pale ale, due out in late August.

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Tommy Keegan with maltsters Dennis and Jeanette Nesel from Hudson Valley Malt toasting to their kickoff of a new beer grain evaluation project.