Tuesday, May 22, 2012

NYCBG Founders Bash

Steve Hindy does the official introduction to NYCBG.

Steve is speaking about the recent sudden removal by NY state of the fee and tax benefits for in-state brewers. They're working on it.

Jeremy Cowan of Shmaltz Brewing takes over and gives an entertaining pep talk about the NYC brewer guild...now 11 breweries ... And the future of craft beer in NYC. I received an intro to Jeremy and got a tentative green light to interview him as part of the Craft Beer Coach mini-bio series. Fingers crossed that it works out.

Hands down, the most unique and impressive beer of the night...Kelso Rye Aged Rauchbier. It was like an Islay malt (single malt whisky) tempered with the malty sweetness of a Highland single malt. Such a complex and unique flavor profile that I have never had in a beer before. In...cred...i...ble! I want to clone this beer since they don't really produce it commercially. The potential secret- malt smoked with cherry instead of the typical beechwood.

It was a well-attended event but not overly crowded so very enjoyable overall.

Finally, I spoke to Brooks about the one answer he owes me. He swears he is working on it and will have an answer to me in the morning.


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