State forms working group for New York craft brewers

imageWorkers construct a research hop yard at Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva last year. The state supported beer-related agriculture research with a $350,000 grant earlier this year. (Photo: David Combs, Cornell University News Service)

State leaders today announced a group of experts from beer and agriculture will make up a working group for the craft beer industry to tackle the challenges that face the industry as it grows rapidly in New York State. The working group was first discussed in April at the state’s second Wine, Beer, Spirits and Cider Summit, and will act as a point of communication between craft brewers and state government to guide regulatory reforms and other issues that could need statewide coordination.

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Sampler Tray: A Few Sips of New York Beer News

A sampler tray at Cranston, Rhode Island’s Brutopia Brewery & Kitchen (Photo: Chris O’Leary)

Even as everyone takes off for summer vacation, it’s been busy on the city’s beer scene. So for those who need to catch up, we’ve got a wrap-up of the latest bits and bites from the New York beer scene in this summary. Among them, expanded hours for a popular brewery tasting room, the city’s seventh new brewery this year, a well-known brewer who’s sharing his recipe with homebrewers, and news of a local brewery’s expansion. Happy drinking!

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Bacon and Beer come together at Citi Field this Saturday

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On any given game day, there’s good craft beer to be had at Citi Field. But this Saturday, the Mets are out of town, and the beer drinkers are coming out to play with the Bacon and Beer Classic.The celebration of craft beer and fatty meat comes to town this weekend, and we’ve got a discount code for you to take 20% off your tickets.

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Beer distributor brings new brands to New York City

Remarkable Liquids, a beer distributor based in Albany, is greatly expanding their presence in New York City over the coming weeks, bringing a whole host of new beers to the market that will soon appear on tap lines and shelves around the city. Remarkable Liquids had been making occasional shipments to bars and shops in the five boroughs, but will now roll out an expanded staff and several breweries that’ll be new to the city’s beer drinkers.

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Beer for Beasts returns in September; tickets on sale today

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Don’t worry - the folks at Sixpoint and Beer Advocate haven’t forgotten about it. The fourth annual Beer for Beasts returns in 2014 in a new time slot: September! This year’s sessions will be held Saturday, September 13th at the usual venue: The Bell House (149 7th St., at 3rd Ave., Gowanus). The annual event is one of our favorite beer events of the year here in New York, and it’s for a great cause: all proceeds go to the Humane Society of New York. Tickets will go on sale today, Wednesday, July 16th, at 12 noon.

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