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Saranac Brewery Utica is Brew-tiful

Saranac Brewery: Utica is Brew-tiful

By: Melissa Hildreth | December 2, 2014 | in: Craft Beer

Once again I get to hop on a train and head to another one of New York's finest breweries for the day. Saranac Brewery is located in Utica, only about 1 and 1/2 hours away. Saranac Brewing Company just celebrated their 125th anniversary this year and with doing so, started to revamp some of their classics and made some eye opening changes to their brewing techniques.

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Sierra Nevada A West Coast Adventure

Sierra Nevada: A West Coast Adventure

By: Melissa Hildreth | November 4, 2014 | in: Craft Beer

There are three places in the world I feel at home; in the villages of Bavaria, the streets of Brooklyn and sunny California. So my trip out to visit the infamous Sierra Nevada Brewery this past September was a special one. My entrance to the wonderful world of craft beer started with a bottle of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and I knew I needed beer this great regularly. I’ve heard my share of wonderful things about visiting this brewery but nothing, and I mean nothing, could hold a flame to actually seeing it myself. The smell of malt lingering outside the brewery, the side view of their impressive gardens, all just a background on the majestic front entrance to the brewery and brewpub.

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Brooklyn Brewery A Brewery With Heart

Brooklyn Brewery: A Brewery With Heart

By: Melissa Hildreth | October 7, 2014 | in: Craft Beer

Coming from Manhattan it's a quick taxi or subway trip and nice walk through the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn. Williamsburg is a fun place with some tasty restaurant stops, thrift stores and a cool industrialized feel to it. It’s known to have a few great music venues in this area as well and a fun overall environment. Throw in the Brooklyn Brewery and how could you go wrong?

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Olde Saratoga Brewing Company A Well-Kept Secret

Olde Saratoga Brewing Company: A Well-Kept Secret

By: Melissa Hildreth | September 23, 2014 | in: Craft Beer

Right in Saratoga Springs, New York we have Olde Saratoga Brewing Company. At a quick glance you might miss it, but on a side road, behind the hustle and bustle of downtown Saratoga you will find yourself a large scale brewery with charming tasting room ready for you to visit!

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Today is International India Pale Ale Day

Today is International India Pale Ale Day!

By: Erik Budrakey | August 7, 2014 | in: Craft Beer

Founded in 2011, National IPA Day was created as a day for craft beer enthusiasts to celebrate craft beer’s #1 style, IPA’s. The day is not meant to serve any particular brand; rather it’s an equal opportunity for all breweries and consumers to share their love for India Pale Ales.

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Brown’s Brewing Supporting Ales for ALS

Brown’s Brewing Supporting Ales for ALS

By: MacKenzie Zarzycki | May 22, 2014 | in: Craft Beer

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit Brown’s Brewing Company to observe how their beer is made. Not only did I learn about the brewing process and the different varities of hops, I also learned about a much greater cause. For the second year, Brown’s has chosen to participate in Ales for ALS, a program to raise money for ALS research.

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Adirondack Brewery A Gem in Lake George

Adirondack Brewery: A Gem in Lake George

By: Melissa Hildreth | January 21, 2014 | in: Craft Beer

Nestled snuggly in the village of Lake George is a brewery larger than its visible size, Adirondack Brewery! At first glance you can tell that the brewery is also a restaurant and brew pub, and while this might have been their starting point of pints, the word is out – and it’s all about Adirondack.

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Browns Brewing Opens New Location on the Walloomsac River

Brown's Brewing Opens New Location on the Walloomsac River

By: Melissa Hildreth | September 5, 2013 | in: Craft Beer

I was lucky enough to get to check out the new location for Brown's Brewing Company in Hoosick Falls, New York, before they are fully ready for visitors, of course I jumped at the chance!

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