In: Farm Brewery
February 2, 2017
Serving brunch on Sundays has been something we have wanted to do for a while. Now, with the passing of “The Brunch Bill” by Governor Cuomo on September 7, 2016, and the completion of our new room, we can go a step further with the vision of the brewery. Coco’s Cafés has been working with us since our first summer.
Coco and her crew have been hard at work in all kinds of weather and cooking up some delicious meals. Her first brunch menu offerings are delicious. I tried her Eggs Benedict served with Steuben Club Stout. The eggs were poached perfectly, the hollandaise was decadent, and the potatoes were just how I like them. Reviews have been outstanding.
November 1, 2016
This week we will be getting a large shipment of new glassware. Why is this news, and why am I writing about it? Because our philosophy is to provide the best beer experience possible for our customers without compromising all of the work and creativity it took to get the beer in the glass. To me, this is exciting because you get a better representation of the art and science of beer making. Think of it this way: it is glassware tailored to the beer you drink. It is more work for the servers and more expensive, but it will be a better experience for the customer. The traditional pint glass, which is actually a shaker glass designed for mixed drinks, will be used sparingly. The shaker works, but it does not provide the best experience. The optimum aromatic and flavor profile is what we are shooting for.
September 20, 2016
When our first-year celebration ended, I reflected on the previous year being a Finger Lakes Brewery. A couple things were a given: our customers are great, and I can’t wait to see what the next year will bring. Now, as I reflect on 2016, I have the same feelings. The 2016 winter at the brewery was one of the highlights of the year. Coco’s was our resident food truck for the winter. Collette and her staff braved some cold winter evenings keeping everyone’s belly full! It was exciting to see so many locals out and about in the finger lakes during the winter and everyone having such a fun time. We had many local musicians play some outstanding music in our packed taproom, and they provided some very memorable nights. Aaron Lipp, Owen Eichensehr and Alex Myth, Not From Wisconsin, The Zydeco Trail Ryders, The Ampersand Project, and Jackson Cavalier are some high points.
May 9, 2016
When I began considering the idea of opening a brewery in the Finger Lakes with my family, we got word of the New York State Farm Brewery Law, which requires farm brewers to use NYS grown hops, malt, and other ingredients in their product (excluding water). Until 2019, at least 20% of the ingredients used to make our beer has to be grown in NYS. In 2019, the percentage jumps to 60%, and then to 90% by 2024. The Farm Brewery Law mimics the state’s Farm Winery Law, which helped grow the state’s wine industry to where it is today. The opportunity to create a beer using, for the first time, only NYS ingredients was what pushed us to pursue a farm brewery. It felt exciting to be part of an effort that supports local farmers, malting houses, hop growers, and small business owners. There was also historic significance, as we joined the resurgence of the NYS hop industry, which was once the world’s largest hop producer.