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The byproduct of all these kegs of St. Lawrence Brewery beer has to go somewhere. Photo: David Sommerstein
The byproduct of all these kegs of St. Lawrence Brewery beer has to go somewhere. Photo: David Sommerstein

Brewers raise a glass to revised spent grains plan

Beer makers across the country are raising a glass, as the Food and Drug Administration is backing away from a plan to restrict what brewers do with beer's main byproduct.  Go to full article
Ubu Ale: an artisan brew from Lake Placid Craft Brewing. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sabine01/3875859563/">Tricia G.</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Ubu Ale: an artisan brew from Lake Placid Craft Brewing. Photo: Tricia G., Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Can craft beer really boost North Country jobs?

Senator Charles Schumer and North Country congressman Bill Owens say a tax cut could boost the number of craft breweries in New York.

The two Democratic lawmakers are pushing legislation in Washington that would cut the national excise tax on smaller beer-makers by fifty percent.  Go to full article
Clayton Distillery in the Thousand Islands is part of the locavore distillery trend -- it produces distilled products from locally grown grains and fruits. Photo courtesy <a href="http://claytondistillery.com/">Clayton Distillery</a>
Clayton Distillery in the Thousand Islands is part of the locavore distillery trend -- it produces distilled products from locally grown grains and fruits. Photo courtesy Clayton Distillery

Craft distilleries are the latest in the locavore trend

As people turn away from mass-produced products, demand is growing for locally produced food, wine and beer.

In upstate New York this trend is also reaching the field of craft distilleries, and the state is seeing a comeback of the small, artisan liquor operations of the pre-prohibition era.  Go to full article
Kegs of St. Lawrence Brewery beer are ready to ship out on Monday. Photo: David Sommerstein
Kegs of St. Lawrence Brewery beer are ready to ship out on Monday. Photo: David Sommerstein

Filling the kegs at Canton's first brewery

From Glens Falls to Sackets Harbor, new breweries have been churning out local beer across the North Country.

Starting this weekend, St. Lawrence County will have its first microbrew. St. Lawrence Brewery's first beer tasting is tomorrow night at the Parkview in Canton. And dozens of kegs are going out to bars across the region on Monday.  Go to full article
Ken Hebb in the future space of the St. Lawrence Brewing Company. Photo: David Sommerstein
Ken Hebb in the future space of the St. Lawrence Brewing Company. Photo: David Sommerstein

Canton's first microbrewery prepares to set up shop

Like Governor Cuomo at his beer, wine, and liquor summit Wednesday in Albany, a pair of Canton entrepreneurs is hoping craft beer sales will provide an economic lift.

Ken and Katrina Hebb, owners of the Blackbird Cafe in Canton, are starting St. Lawrence County's first microbrewery. The St. Lawrence Brewing Company is leasing space in a new industrial building in Canton. They're ready to start moving in next week and hope to start selling beer by St. Patrick's Day.

Ken Hebb gave David Sommerstein a tour.  Go to full article
The F.X. Matt Brewery in Utica. Photo: Saranac.com
The F.X. Matt Brewery in Utica. Photo: Saranac.com

New York State beer brewers fend off excise tax

Hot weather calls for cold beer, and that means good business for New York's microbreweries. But as the Innovation Trail's Ryan Delaney reports, a lawsuit earlier this year almost caused New York's beer-makers' fizz to go flat.  Go to full article

Rochester microbrewery gains national attention

Craft beer has proven recession-proof. With sales climbing as the overall beer market remains flat, a pair of friends decided to turn a hobby into a business. As the Innovation Trail's Zack Seward reports, Rochester's newest microbrewery is now getting national attention.  Go to full article
Michelle Whalen of Morristown in her Schlitz Museum.
Michelle Whalen of Morristown in her Schlitz Museum.

Heard Up North: The Schlitz museum

Some people collect stamps, some people collect Star Wars action figures. One woman in St. Lawrence County collects memorabilia from the relatively old-fashioned beer, Schlitz. David Sommerstein visited the Schlitz Museum for today's Heard Up North. There are still places to buy Schlitz in the area. Michelle Whalen of Morristown knows of all of them.  Go to full article

Flavor Fest at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake

If you're interested in eating locally, the folks at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake are setting up a feast of information and food today. Stefanie Ratcliffe is director of the Wild Center. She says they hold a farmer's market every Thursday, but they wanted to do more to help people find ways to eat locally and to find local food and beer producers.  Go to full article
Ian and Joe Birkett with a hops vine. Photos: Angela Evancie.
Ian and Joe Birkett with a hops vine. Photos: Angela Evancie.

Farmers under 40: new direction for an old farm

"Get big or get out" is a common wisdom in the dairy industry. And many small-scale farms have gotten out. Northern New York has half the dairy farms it did 20 years ago, and the remaining farms are generally much bigger. Some are much, much bigger.

In Vermont, the number of dairy farms dropped below 1,000 in May. But not everybody getting out of dairy is leaving farming altogether. One family operation in Ferrisburgh is repurposing the farm, and starting small. Angela Evancie has this installment of our series, Farmers Under 40.  Go to full article

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