The Barley Corner
Under new owners, Cooperstown Brewing Co. relaunches itself

Cooperstown Brewing Co. reopened this summer after an approximate 6-month shutdown. The brewery in Milford, about 10 miles south of Cooperstown village, also has new ownership for the second time in three years.

The new owner is Northern Eagle, a beer distributor based in the nearby city of Oneonta. The distributor bought the brewery this spring from Chuck Williamson. Williamson, who also owns the nearby Butternuts Beer and Ale in Garratsville, had acquired Cooperstown from founder Stan Hall in 2011.

Hall launched Cooperstown in 1995, with a British-style Peter Austin brewhouse. Its beers have been brewed primarily in the British style, though Williamson had attempted to Americanize them, especially the hop additions. Northern Eagle will return the beers to their original formulas.

Northern Eagle has also purchased property in Oneonta where it eventually intends to relocate the brewery and its distribution operations.  That project may be a few years down the road. Cooperstown’s logo and packaging have also been redesigned. The core beers remain Old Slugger Pale Ale, Nine Man Ale, Back Yard IPA and Benchwarmer Porter.


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Adirondack Pub & Brewery expanding (with distillery): NY Breweries update

Adirondack Pub & Brewery in Lake George this month announced an ambitious 5-year, $5 million expansion that includes the construction of a distillery and tasting room, an events space and bigger  brewing and bottling facilities. The distillery will be called High Peaks, and the whiskey, rye and other spirits will be marketed under the name Cloud Splitter (from the Indian name for Mt Marcy, New York’s highest peak). Owner John Carr expects to produce about 5,000 cases  a year. Meanwhile the brewery expansion will triple Adirondack’s beer output, up to about 35,000 barrels.The project also includes expanded outdoor seating and an events center for catered events.image


Flying Bison’s new home in Buffalo: New York Breweries update

After 14 years calling Buffalo’s gritty Riverside neighborhood home, the Flying Bison Brewing Co. last week announced it is on the move. The brewery plans to move to the resurgent neighborhood called Larkinville (the corner of Seneca and Lord streets). It’s a long-anticipated project for manager Tim Herzog and his partners/owners at Matt Brewing (Saranac). The ambitious plans call for the new Flying Bison to be operating by the summer.


Now brewing near Penn Yan, NY: Abandon Brewing Co.


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

New York’s farm breweries are …
Congrats to New York’s GABF medal winners

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

See all the 2013 GABF winners.

Climbing Bines Craft Ales now brewing in New York’s Finger Lakes region

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.