One of the newest breweries in New York — and in the brewery-rich Finger Lakes — is Abandon Brewing Co., overlooking Keuka Lake near Penn Yann. They’ve been brewing for a few weeks, but are celebrating the grand opening this weekend. They’re starting out with a Brown Ale (on nitro), a Belgian Rye, a Session Saison, a Farmhouse IPA, an Abbey Ale, a Harvest Porter and Harvest Saison, with more t ocome (including a Grape Dubbel). That’ll be interesting. Find out more at abandonbrewing.com.
Meet New York’s 14 ‘farm breweries.’ (With many more to come).
From the 2013 Great American Beer Festival
Hops n’ Roses, Captain Lawrence Brewing Co., Experimental Beer
Amazeballs, Peekskill Brewery, International-Style Pale Ale
Splashing Pumpkin, Great South Bay Brewery, Field Beer or Pumpkin Beer
RastafaRye, Blue Point Brewing Co., Rye Beer
Brooklyner Weisse, Brooklyn Brewery, South German-Style Hefeweizen
Maggie’s Farmhouse Ale, Crossroads Brewing Co., French & Belgian-Style Saison
Ommegang Three Philosophers, Brewery Ommegang, Belgian-Style Abbey Ale
First came Climbing Bines hop farm, back in 2010. In August 2013, came Climbing Bines Craft Ale Co.
The farm and brewery are in the town of Torrey, near Penn Yan, NY. That’s a spot that overlooks Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region.
Owners Chris Hansen, Brian Karweck and Matt Klehamer grow Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Goldings, Magnum, Nugget, and Willamette hops. In their first few years, they sold hops to other New York craft brewers.
Now, they keep the hops for themselves.
Climbing Bines launched with an IPA, amber, pale ale, blonde, and hefeweizen, all sold in 64-ounce growlers and 32-ounce “grenades,” or half-growlers. Climbing Bines has a 3.5 barrel brew kettle and six 7-barrel fermenters, they double batch every brew.
They also plan a series of beers called Pandemonium, which will include a variety of wet hop harvest ales and several seasonal/imperial brews that will be made exclusively with hops, wheat, barley, and rye grown within five miles of their farm.
Climbing Bines tasting room is at 511 Hansen Point Road in Torrey. It’s open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Brewery aims for 100 percent New York state-ingredient beers. Here’s my story from syracuse.com
It’s been almost a year since my last post on The Barley Corner. During that time, I have completed the research and writing on New York Breweries (2nd ed.), to be published early in 2014 by Stackpole. Now, I’m going to ramp up the blog posts here, to cover interesting things in the world of beer (and related topics). This will also be the place to find updates on the breweries and brewpubs of New York state.