From Moose Safaris to Ski Camp, Here’s Your Winter Travel Primer

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The six December sojourns every New Yorker needs

By Shari Gab

05 December 2017

Busy isn’t a temporary state in December — it’s a way of life.

And only one thing can give you a brief, fleeting reprieve from it all: jetting outta town for a long weekend.

Which is why we’ve rounded up six nearby destinations for attending to the “play hard” part of your ethos, from a Catskills ice-fishing derby with an open vodka bar to an adult sleepaway camp with ski tours and snow bunnies.

Prefer some fun in the sun? There’s a golf-and-wine sojourn in there that’ll warm you right up.

Book now. Something to look forward to will make the 9-to-5 fly right by.

For “Nightlife”: Waterville, NH

Where to stay: Waterville Valley Resort
What to do: A few times a year, the resort holds a not-to-be-missed affair: Starry Nights, a powder-shredding, grub-loving whale of a time. Halfway down the mountain, you’ll stop at the Sunnyside Timberlodge for a full feast. The evening kicks off with a wine-and-cheese hour, proceeds to a sit-down spread (oft times complete with live music and opera a capella) and ends with a Torchlight Parade back down the mountain. That means everyone gets a torch and you all jet down the mountain under cover of stars and darkness.
Where to grub: If you didn’t get your fill at Starry Night, check yourself. But the next day, hit up Coyote Grill for chalet vibes and perfect sirloins.

For Adventure: Catskills, NY

Where to stay: The Arnold House
What to do: Snowshoeing, snowmobiles and a lil’ something called the Ice Fishing Derby. Taking place from February 23-25, the Ice Fishing Derby package includes a private lesson and an afternoon on Shandelee Lake with an open oyster and vodka bar. Packages start at $799+ for the weekend.
Where to grub (and drink): Try Prohibition Distillery and Roscoe Beer Company in Roscoe. And if you venture just 10 minutes down the road (via designated driver), you’ll find Catskill Brewery in Livingston Manor.

 

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3 Craft Beer Styles Set to Go Mainstream in 2018

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Brewing experts say some styles that have gained a foothold among the craft cognoscenti are poised to break out in 2018 among the wider beer-drinking public.

By: Markham Heid

January 10, 2018
Food & Wine

Hoppy, aromatic, emphatically bitter pale ales have long dominated the craft scene. But now that craft has locked down a sizeable share of the marketplace, its focus has shifted to new and experimental styles.

Craft beer has progressed so quickly and with so much fervor that we’ve done a lot of exploring in a very short period of time,” says Matt Simpson, an Atlanta-based certified beer judge, educator, and owner of the Beer Sommelier craft-brewing consultancy.

As a result of all the recent exploration and experimentation, Simpson says he doesn’t expect to see a lot that’s strictly new this year. But he and other brewing experts say some styles that have gained a foothold among the craft cognoscenti are poised to break out in 2018 among the wider beer-drinking public. Here are those styles, and a few delicious examples to try.

Lagers

Light, refreshing, easy drinking lagers dominated the American beer scene for a century. But for years, most craft brewers disdained them—in part because lager, despite its uncomplicated profile, is often trickier and more-expensive to brew than ale. But these crowd-pleasers are poised for a craft-style makeover.

“I think people are yearning for some good, well-made lagers that are clear and clean and drinkable, but that still have flavor,” Simpson says. Others agree.

“Craft breweries are betting big on this segment coming back, and I expect that this year might be the year for it,” says Philip Breen, assistant manager at Philadelphia’s Frankford Hall beer garden. Brewers themselves say the same.

“Lagers will be a major showcase style for many breweries in the coming year,” says Josh Hughes, brewmaster at New York’s Roscoe Beer Co.

 

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Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul takes tour of Roscoe Beer Company

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Oct 20, 2017

By Rich Klein – reporter/photographer

By: Rich Klein | DemocratLt. Governor Kathy Hochul at Roscoe Beer Company on Wednesday

ROSCOE – Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul toured the Roscoe Beer Company Tuesday afternoon with brewmaster Josh Hughes, in a visit that was prompted by the brewery earning a tie for the top prize at the Taste New York Inaugural Craft Beer Challenge held in May. New York is now home to approximately 321 microbreweries, farm breweries, and restaurant breweries, up from only 50 total breweries in 2011, according to Governor Cuomo.
Hughes, who is also head of operations, told Hochul about how the business launched in 2013 when it was splitting its building with an electronics company before it later occupied the entire space.
“We are very much a seasonal, tourist-type town with many second homeowners but our weekends are always busy (beyond summer months),” Hughes said, noting that this is a year-round destination. He added that they recently added its beer garden to accommodate overflow crowds (The brewery also this year opened an outpost at Liberty’s Downtown Barn).


“People that come in want to come back,” Hughes told Hochul. “We want to create a quality experience for people because it’s not just about experiencing us it’s about experiencing the area.” He also credited year-round locals for their patronage and support of the business.
Hughes showed the Lieutenant Governor the high tech machines in explaining the brewing and distribution process. Near the end of the process he said its bottling line machine can fill “1,800 to 2,000 bottles an hour.”
When asked by Hochul about distribution, Hughes said they distribute to 14 counties throughout the state.
“We found that shifting local (after initially distributing outside New York) helped us to strengthen. Our customer base is primarily local.. so we tailored our sales network much closer to home. He said the brewery’s products are now old at about 750 locations, which clearly impressed Hochul. “We play a good game for a small brewery,” Hughes said. “It’s exciting to know we are making waves in the industry. “
Sullivan County Manager Joshua Potesek, who attended the tour, said: “They (Roscoe Beer Company) have done a great job in Roscoe. I couldn’t be happier for them.”
Asked how the county helps small businesses like Roscoe Beer, Potosek said: “We got the big fish in the casino but our day to day jobs are helping businesses like this with revolving loans or helping them apply for grant funds.” He pointed that the County’s Planning Department, Industrial Development Agency, the Partnership for Economic Development and the Chamber of Commerce along with local business associations all play a role in helping small businesses across the county.
Town of Rockland Supervisor Robert Eggleton, also on hand, said people are increasingly realizing that the Sullivan County Catskills are a great destination regardless of a resort/casino coming in March 2018. Part of the appeal of Roscoe, he said, is that people can easily walk to the various attractions and to its business district.
On her tour of the Roscoe Beer Company, Lieutenant Governor Hochul said, “Governor Cuomo has made it a top priority to make it easier than ever for breweries and wineries to sell and promote their products across the state, and that has allowed some of our smaller upstate cities and towns to flourish. The Roscoe Beer Company, a Taste NY favorite, is a great example of this success.” 

The best eating and drinking in the Catskills

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Great food and drink is easy to find in the Catskills, if you know where to look. We shed some light on our favorite diners, cider, upscale dining and more.

Time Out in association with Visit the Catskills Posted: Friday August 25 2017
Natalie Chitwood

Yeah, you can get any cuisine you want in the city—but if you crave your food just-picked fresh, it’s worth driving the two or three hours to where it’s grown. The Catskills have long been known for family farms, roadside farmstands and loads of classic diners. Now inventive new restaurants showcase homestyle tastes too. In the past few years, chefs have opened notable spots featuring the Catskills’ seasonal fare such as squash in the fall and maple syrup in early spring. The drink scene is expanding as well, branching out to include more and more craft beers and distinctly New York takes on beverages like cider, gin and absinthe. Whether you find yourself perched in a booth, at a banquette or on a barstool, you’ll definitely be satisfied with the Catskill fare.

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Roscoe Beer Co.

This new 1,600-square-foot timber-frame brewery and tasting room has a rough-and-tumble mountain feel, with fish and game mounted on the walls. Roscoe Beer Co. brews like Trout Town Logger, a Bohemian-style lager, evoke the great outdoors, too.

Victoria’s Secrets: Rocking out at Bethel Woods

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By Victoria Schneps / vschneps@queenscourier.com / Sunday, August 6, 2017 / 9:00 AM

After visiting day at Tyler Hill Camp with my grandchildren, I spent the weekend with my friend Linda DeSabato at her getaway in the Catskills near the camp and to see the concerts at Bethel Woods. It was a weekend with a perfect combination of love and friendship.

Waiting for me at the Tyler Hill gates was my dear friend Linda, who has a home perched on Lake Wanaksink in Rock Hill. She had dropped me off for visiting day and in between, we were off with our friend Marge McGowan to Bethel Woods for concerts Friday and Saturday nights.

Linda’s family has roots in the area, a bus company, Big V Entertainment and an interest in the Roscoe NY Beer Co., producing craft beers in what is considered Trout Town because of the many streams and lakes that has turned the town into a mecca for fishermen.

The beer is sold on the East Coast and is worth looking for at your local beer distributor. Linda’s sister-in-law created Creekside Cabins along a pristine stream on their hundreds of acres of lush property for a getaway for fishermen and hunters.

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New York Craft Beer Competition and Governor’s Excelsior Cup Results

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Contact Email : paul@newyorkcraftbeer.com | Paul Leone

In its 1st year, the 2017 New York State Craft Beer competition awarded 63 medals to some of the best craft beers in New York State, plus awarded the 1st ever Governor’s Excelsior Cup to the brewery who was voted to have the best beer in the State.

Overview: New York State Craft Beer Competition

The competition took place in Rochester NY on Saturday, July 29th where gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to winning breweries in 20 beer categories covering 40 different beer styles (including all subcategories), establishing the best examples of each style in the state. Gold medals were not awarded in 2 categories, and multiple medals were awarded in categories where there was a statistical tie.

Winners were chosen from 707 competition entries from 143 breweries making this the largest beer competition in New York State and the second largest state competition in the country (behind California).

The competition drew a panel of 40 professional beer judges and beer experts from across the state judging all 707 entries. 243 passed the qualification rounds and were judged in the scoring rounds to produce the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners. The 19 Gold medal winners went into the championship round, and after 2 elimination rounds the top 5 went head to head for the Governor’s Excelsior Cup and best beer in New York State.

Overall Competition Highlights

Governor’s Excelsior Cup was awarded to Threes Brewing (Brooklyn) for their Vliet Pilsner
Most medals won:
Three (3) medals were won by War Horse Brewing, Geneva NY (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
Two (2) medals were won by 16 breweries
Style Categories

In its first year, the most-entered category was American-Style India Pale Ale (IPA), which saw 88 entries. The top five entered categories were:

Fruit and Spice Beer (66 entries)
Porter, Stout, Brown Ale (62 entries)
American Style Double India Pale Ale (51 entries)
Golden/Blonde Ale (48 entries)
Wheat Beer – American, Wit Hefe (39 entries)
Summary: 2017 New York Craft Brewers Competition and Governor’s Excelsior Cup

1st year
354 Breweries in New York State
707 beers entered
45 medal-winning breweries
63 total medals awarded
20 style categories judged, plus Governor’s Excelsior Cup
40 judges from across NYS
Category with highest number of entries: American-Style India Pale Ale: 88

Find the list of all winners here – Click here.

Local Brewery is a Centerpiece of State’s Craft-Beer Boom

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By Daniel Axelrod | Business Reporter | Times Herald-Record
daxelrod@th-record.com

Posted Jun 19, 2017 at 6:07 PM
Updated Jun 20, 2017 at 4:18 PM

ROSCOE – The Vallone and the Fettig families founded the Roscoe Beer Company in 2012 to honor a hallowed trout-fishing hamlet where time and troubles drift like dry flies cast among cold creek bubbles.

Five years later, the brewery is celebrating its recent first-place tie out of the 170-plus New York breweries that competed in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s inaugural Taste NY Craft Beer Challenge.

That honor, shared with Cooperstown’s Brewery Ommegang, makes Roscoe a taste leader amid a boom that’s grown New York’s craft brewery total 542 percent, to 321 from 50 just since Cuomo’s 2011 inauguration.

The governor has successfully championed grants, new laws and tax breaks to incentivize and deregulate craft alcohol manufacturing and sales, while growing the number of breweries, distilleries and cideries to more than 900 and creating thousands of jobs.

New York’s 321 craft breweries are now the fourth most among the 50 states, as other forms of craft alcohol manufacturing – particularly farm-to-bottle or farm- based alcohol makers – have benefited.

Since 2011, the totals have dramatically increased for hard cideries (to 24 from five, plus another 34 on farms), farm distilleries (to 114 from 10), micro-distillers (to 49 from 12) and wineries (to 419 from 247).

New York’s breweries have led the way, and their increase also reflects a national trend. As consumers have sought more flavor and variety, America’s brewery total has risen to more than 5,300 today from 82 in 1981.

“We got to a point in America where 98 percent of what was produced was yellow beer,” said Fred Matt, president of the New York State Brewers Association and leader of the family company behind Saranac Brewery.

“That’s not to take anything away from big guys, because they’re very good brewers to make beer that thin and consistent day in and day out.”

“But it just got to the point that beer wasn’t very flavorful. I’d have to give the nod to Gov. Cuomo, because he’s made New York very business-friendly when it comes to brewing.”

New York’s craft beer sales exceeded $500 million in 2015, with 11,366 full-time employees and a $4 billion statewide economic impact, according to the state brewing association’s most recent data.

Top suds

Cuomo’s new beer-tasting contest is helping to promote all the new local breweries.

After the Roscoe Beer Co.’s win, “It’s been another level of pride” in the hamlet, said Phil Vallone, 57, who co-owns the brewery with his wife, Donna, his sister Linda DeSabato and other family.

“We have a saying around town, ‘We’re Trout-Town proud,’ and this is another feather in the cap.”

In the fly fishing masterpiece “A River Runs Through It,” Norman Maclean wrote that good things like trout, “came by grace; and grace comes by art; and art does not come easy.”

Roscoe Beer Co. head brewer Josh “Kid” Hughes’ artfully crafted two-headed stout, a name which plays on a local legend about a two-headed trout, also didn’t come easily.

Beginning with a 2009 home-brew recipe, Hughes, 29, spent six years tweaking brewing temperatures and the fermentation process, from tank time to oxygen, yeast and carbonation levels.

With all its heavily roasted barley, the 8 percent alcohol brew could have been too strong and bitter. Instead, the competition’s judges loved the stout’s oat and barley balance, which provides a creamy, dark chocolate and coffee-like character.

After a screening round with more than 42,000 online voters in the recent statewide beer contest, the Roscoe Beer Co. reached the tasting round alongside Rochester’s Genesee Brewing Company, Auburn’s Prison City Pub and Brewery and Lakewood’s Southern Tier Brewing Company.

Each finalist presented one signature beer to a judging panel, including celebrity chef Mario Batali, former NFL star Thurman Thomas and beer experts.

“We decided we were either going to go bold or go home, so we selected our biggest, boldest beer, and we submitted it because it’s been an in-house favorite for awhile now,” Hughes said.

Besides creative beers, visitors to Roscoe and New York’s craft breweries come for fun atmospheres and events celebrating everything from collectible cars to singer-songwriters.

Inside Roscoe Beer Co.’s hunting lodge-themed tasting room, there’s a trout tank, an automatic beer-dispensing tap wall and a friendly bartender.

Outside, there’s a beer garden and Sullivan County legislator Mark McCarthy’s Hog Heaven BBQ stand, with his “Griller” dish – chicken or pork, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts and tomatoes baked atop a thin, crispy burrito shell.

On a recent afternoon in Trout Town, B.J. and Tina Lowther of Galeton were devouring a Griller near the brewery’s bar and sipping a hoppy ale called “Darwin’s Theory.”
They’ve made the Roscoe Beer Co. a regular stop whenever they come here to fish.

B.J. has a tattoo of a brook trout on the underside of his left forearm and one of a mayfly on his wrist with the words: “Do it while you can.”

“We can’t live anywhere there isn’t trout,” Tina said.

“Beer always tastes better after a long day of fishing,” B.J. added.

Statewide impact

With its beer, food and festivals, the brewery is an economic driver that gives back to the community through charitable acts, creating jobs and attracting visitors, said Vallone, who’s also known for owning the Rolling V passenger bus company.

That’s exactly what Cuomo hoped would happen with local breweries and other craft alcohol makers when he reduced restrictions on them by pushing the 2012 Farm Brewery Law and the 2014 Craft New York Act, said State Liquor Authority Chairman Vincent Bradley.

The laws have turned craft alcohol makers into tourist attractions by letting them host tastings and sell by the bottle or glass.

A new license for farm brewers bolstered a whole new business category.

Craft alcohol manufacturers can find followers by selling at festivals and farmers’ markets. They can release new brands without label fees. And Cuomo has offered funds to help the companies with marketing.

“The governor recognized from the beginning the value that craft producers have in this state, not just for the alcohol industry but for tourism,” Bradley said.

“Breweries are consistently opening across the state. It’s not just a New York City impact, it’s not a Buffalo impact.”

Taste New York Craft Beer Challenge: The Winners Are…

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NEW YORK CITY — A first-of-its-kind contest to name New York state’s best brewery ended Wednesday in a tie.
The Taste NY Craft Beer Challenge awarded its top prize to both Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown and Roscoe Beer Co. (Trout Town) of Roscoe.

Five finalists had been chosen to enter today’s judging through an online poll conducted in the first two weeks of May. The finalists were invited to bring one beer each — a signature brew — to the tasting held near Battery Park in Manhattan.

Ommegang brought its Three Philosophers Quadrupel, a strong and dark Belgian ale that is blended witk a Belgian cherry beer called kriek. Roscoe’s entry was its Two Headed Stout, a strong (8 percent alcohol) and dark, robust stout.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo initiated the Craft Beer Challenge, through the state’s Taste NY program, to call attention to the booming craft beer industry in New York. New York state now has more than 300 breweries, up from about 100 five years ago.

The other three finalists in the challenge were Genesee Brewing Co. of Rochester, Southern Tier Brewing Co. of Lakewood (near Jamestown) and Prison City Pub & Brewery of Auburn.

“The Taste NY challenge was a great way to shine a light on the incredible craft beer industry in NYS,” Paul Leone, executive director of the New York State Brewers Association said in a text message from the judging. “Congratulations to Roscoe and Ommegang for winning this inaugural event, a huge thank you to Governor Cuomo for his continued support by creating this annual event.”

Judges for the final contest included celebrity chef Mario Batali, former Buffalo Bills star Thurman Thomas and several beer writers and other authorities.

By Don Cazentre | dcazentre@nyup.com | www.newyorkupstate.com
on May 17, 2017 at 6:43 PM, updated May 17, 2017 at 6:51 PM

Where the Beers Are: A Regional Guide to U.S. Craft Brews

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Offerings from smaller breweries are so vast and varied it’s hard to know where to begin. A guide to 21 top beers that deliver an intriguing taste of place

By William Bostwick
Dec. 22, 2016 11:38 a.m. ET
ON ALBUQUERQUE’S industrial northern fringe, down a side street flanked by auto-parts stores, I found the wellspring of American beer. I’d been traveling; I was parched. What I discovered rewrote my understanding of American beer.

The brewery was La Cumbre, the beer was a Scotch ale. A traditional Scottish beer, served on cask, 5,000 miles from Edinburgh? It was a taste of how deliciously unpredictable…Read More Here.

Roscoe Beer Company’s latest brew is the perfect match for this Hunting Season

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A True Everyday Drinking Beer for the Great Outdoors

The Roscoe NY Beer Co, home of the Trout Town™ hand-craft beers in Roscoe, NY, is releasing its newest beer, the Trout Town Whitetail Pale Ale. This sessionable beer coming in at only 4.7% ABV, is the fifth beer in the Trout Town™ line-up available in bottles in stores. With the opening of hunting season, the Trout Town Whitetail Pale Ale makes for the perfect match for those long nights on the look-out and times by the camp fire.

Whitetail Pale Ale differentiates itself from the other Trout Town™ beers with its ever so lightly toasted flavor and gentle hop finish which makes it an easy, smooth everyday drinking beer. This beer uses an ultra clean fermenting ale yeast allowing the high quality ingredients to shine. Brew master Josh Hughes is using a light pale ale malt coupled with a variety of lighter kilned malts enhancing the flavor with nice clean notes of toast, but still allowing the beer to be extremely light in both – body and color. The delicate balance of hops consists of both american and european hops, giving the beer a clean smooth flavor.
 
“We’re excited about our new brew,” explains Josh Hughes, brew master for Roscoe NY Beer Co. and maker of Trout Town™ craft beers. “Craft beer is my passion and from the beginning it’s been our mission at The Roscoe NY Beer Co. to create brews that are unique and something we can believe in. We feel this beer is perfect for all beer lovers. It’s a true ‘everyone’s beer’.”

To honor the bond of the great outdoors and the Roscoe Beer Co, the Whitetail Pale Ale bottle features the story of Sonny’s Buck. Vince “Sonny” Romano from Brooklyn, NY hunted with family and friends in Roscoe, NY through the 1970’s and 80’s.  While unsuccessful in the woods for many years, he justified the time spent by connecting with the great outdoors and being part of a tight knit group at camp. After he overheard a story about a beautiful whitetail buck, roaming  near their hunting camp in Roscoe, his mind was set on meeting up with this creature.  “Sonny’s Buck” completed the journey in 1980 and the rest of the story is part of family lore. So next time you hit the Catskills visit us at the brewery, enjoy an ice-cold Trout Town hand-crafted beer and ask about Sonny’s hunt for the buck that has become legendary. Roscoe Beer Company: NO TALL TALES – JUST GREAT BEER!!!

With an aggressive plan in place, Trout Town™ Whitetail Pale Ale’s distribution will go far beyond its hometown point of sale. Whitetail Pale Ale is available now for a limited time on draft and in 12 oz. six-packs in stores. With the release of the pale ale, our brew will be widely distributed throughout Sullivan, Delaware & Orange Counties, Long Island, the five boroughs of New York City, and the Binghamton area. A partnership with the supermarket chain ShopRite will serve to bring our Trout Town™ Whitetail Pale Ale to all of its Hudson Valley stores. To get the most up-to-date information about The Roscoe NY Beer Company, and please check out their website http://www.RoscoeBeerCompany.com

Beer Release Party – Barrel Aged Two Headed Stout

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Wednesday, Nov. 23rd @ 11am
Two bottles per person

Limited Bottles Available – 400 all signed by our brew master Josh Hughes.

This limited release of our Two Headed Stout is extremely robust with strong notes of roasted barley and dark chocolate that are further enhanced by the unique and pleasant characters of Prohibition Distillery’s bourbon barrels. Don’t be scared, this stout is aged with Madagascar vanilla beans making it as smooth and creamy as it is dark, coming in around 10% ABV.

Aged in Prohibition Distillery Bourbon Barrels. Proudly Made in Roscoe, NY.

The Land That Time Forgot

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Roscoe, NY is a small town that has at least some significance to most of my family. For my grandfather it was the town where he was born and the town where he is now buried. For my Mother’s generation the Roscoe Diner was where you stopped to eat on the way to or from New York City.

For Mrs. Usedhair and I it was this mysterious land that time forgot. As we would drive past Roscoe cell phone signal was non existent and if you put the radio on seek mode it would run around and around searching for about 10 minutes as you cruised down the road before it could manage to find anything at all.

On our vacation in the Southern Tier of New York we decided to drive out to Long Island for a few days. On the way there we noticed that Roscoe had cell phone signal, radio stations galore, and… A brewery!

Now this is something I had to see. On the trip back we made a point of stopping in. I assumed the sign visible from the highway meant that the brewery would be right by the road as well. So we pulled into downtown Roscoe looking to find it without bothering with the help of a map. What we found there had me quite worried.

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Plenty of good spirits at Spring Fling Festival in Roscoe

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ROSCOE — It was a Spring Fling Festival, on a day that didn’t feel much like spring, following a winter that didn’t feel much like winter. But on Sunday, hundreds of people came out for a celebration hosted by the Roscoe NY Beer Company because, hey, every day feels like a good day for a beer. The brewery, which started up in Roscoe just three years ago, already hosts several seasonal festivals annually, but this was the first year for the Spring Fling, said Shannon Feeney, director of marketing and events for the beer-maker. Feeney estimated as many as 500 people had passed through by mid-day, a remarkable turnout given Sunday’s cold, damp weather, she said.
Twenty-five vendors were set up under tents, selling everything from farm market items and produce, to artwork and photography, to jewelry and handcrafted goods, to food and wine. Also on hand were Nicole Guite, Sullivan County region manager for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, and puppy raiser Barbara Ward-Blank. The two brought along Otter, a 6-month-old female black Lab; and Fuchsia, an 11-month-old female German shepherd, to help persuade folks to sign up to become puppy raisers for the visually impaired.  Continue reading “Plenty of good spirits at Spring Fling Festival in Roscoe”

WHAT’S IN A NAME? Boulders continue to feature “Captain Lawrence” beer at House that St. Lawrence Built

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The Rockland Boulders baseball team has featured craft beers with Boulders-inspired recipes at home games in Pomona the past three seasons, including ones brewed by “Captain Lawrence.”

It is not clear whether the man who loves to see his name everywhere, Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence, is involved with the team’s decision to partner with Captain Lawrence, but the name similarity is at least ironic. St. Lawrence was, after all, the ‘captain’ of the project that brought the Pomona ballpark into being, even allegedly going so far as to risk the town’s financial health and his own freedom to do so.

The Boulders confirmed in a press release this week that Captain Lawrence remains a featured brewery on the menu despite the possible negative name association due to the recent arrest of the local real Captain (St.) Lawrence.

And for the third out of four seasons, the Rockland Boulders will add a new specialty beer at the annual “Beers Around the Bases” Craft Beer Festival. That event is taking place Saturday, May 14 from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the Pomona ballpark, now known as Palisades Credit Union Park.

Krankee Yankee, a brew produced via Roscoe NY Beer Co with a 5.5 percent alcohol level, will be added to the menu, the third craft beer the Boulders have created, and the first IPA. In 2013, the Boulders debuted Bottom 9 Brew in conjunction with Captain Lawrence and they followed that up in 2014 with a joint effort with Long Ireland Brewery in the form of 2nd Base Blonde.

Boulders owner Ken Lehner has profited off the House that St. Lawrence Built in Pomona, while Ramapo taxpayers have lost tens of millions. Could it be that the Boulders’ alliance with “Captain Lawrence” breweries is meant as a nod to the man who manifested the Boulders ballpark?
Boulders owner Ken Lehner has profited off the House that St. Lawrence Built in Pomona, while Ramapo taxpayers have lost tens of millions.
“For the past two seasons, our fans have proven that they appreciate the Boulders Beers that we have had the pleasure of producing in conjunction with local breweries and Dana Distributors as both limited releases of Bottom 9 Brew and 2nd Base Blonde have sold out,” said Ken Lehner, Boulders Team President. “We are always listening to our fans and it was evident that they wanted an IPA added to the lineup in 2016 and we have delivered with Krankee Yankee.”

Tickets for the Beer Fest are $35 in advance, $40 on the day of. Those who wish to be designated drivers can get admission for $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Following the Festival, the Rockland Boulders baseball team will face off against NYPD’s Finest in their fourth annual exhibition game starting at 6:30 p.m.

New Brew System

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The brewery is receiving an update. Our new brew system expected be up and running by the end of April. We will be reproducing a handful of our specialty seasonal and a few specials beers that might be available in specialty bottles at the brewery. So make sure to stop by our tasting room.

Roscoe Beer hosts winter fest in Trout Town

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By Timothy Malcolm For the Times Herald-Record

It’s nearly February, and there hasn’t been much snow this winter in Roscoe.

That’s a weird feeling, especially for the folks at the Roscoe Beer Co., who are planning the first Trout Town Winter Festival. They could be staring at a winter festival on green grass, in relatively balmy temperatures for late January.

“We would just call it a mid-summer winter fest,” said Shannon Feeney, director of events and promotions for the Roscoe Beer Co. “A ‘no-snow’ snow festival.”
In case it’s a no-snow festival, organizers plan to have wheeled carriage rides and lawn games like bean-bag toss and beer pong. But the hope is a little of that white stuff will be covering the ground Saturday afternoon at the Roscoe Beer Co. Then all the planned winter fun can happen without a hitch.
That fun includes horse-drawn carriage rides through the snowy wintry scenes of mountainous northern Sullivan County, plus snowshoeing, snowball fights and a contest to determine the best snowman. Continue reading “Roscoe Beer hosts winter fest in Trout Town”

Roscoe Beer Company opens new tasting room

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The first thing that catches your eye when you walk into the Roscoe Beer Company’s brand new tasting room in the Sullivan County town of Roscoe is a large aquarium full of trout. It’s not what you expect to find in a local brewery — usually the malt and hops take center stage — but the Roscoe Beer Company is serious about being local. And local, in Roscoe, means trout. The town won the designation of “America’s Ultimate Fishing Town” in 2011, and swarms of anglers flock to the legendary Beaverkill each year to fish.

When Roscoe Beer Company was founded in 2013, it embraced Roscoe’s trout heritage fully by naming its line of ales “Trout Town” beers. This April, at the beginning of the 2015 fishing season, the brewery announced two new beers: the “Trout Town” Rainbow Red Ale and “Trout Town” Brown Ale. The Brown Ale is the one to try: it’s a workmanlike beer with a crisp taste. A growler of it costs about $20. Continue reading “Roscoe Beer Company opens new tasting room”

A COLLABORATION COMES TO LIFE!

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A collaborative project with SUNY Sullivan and The Roscoe NY Beer Company comes to life.

Roscoe, NY– Students in SUNY Sullivan’s Principles of Advertising class in collaboration with students from the Graphic Design Workshop were recently given the opportunity to create some unique marketing materials for the Roscoe NY Beer Company, one of Sullivan County’s local craft breweries.

This is the second time the local brewery has collaborated with the college to help give students an insight of marketing. This year’s project gave the students a choice between two marketing projects to present back to the company, one being the creation of a marketing tool that would help sell the Trout Town line of beers, the second was geared towards creating a social media campaign introducing new products to the company’s line of beers.
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Roscoe NY Beer Co. expands distribution across home state, Connecticut

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Roscoe NY Beer Co.’s Trout Town craft beer (yep, you read that correctly, Trout Town) has spawned new distribution, expanding availability across Connecticut, the state of New York and to the five boroughs of New York City in April 2015.

Roscoe Beer Company Keg StencilThe Roscoe NY Beer Co. currently offers three different types of handcrafted beers, the Trout Town Rainbow Red Ale, Trout Town American Brown Ale and Trout Town American Amber Ale, which are currently already available through Dana Distributors, Dutchess Beer Distributors, Northern Eagle Beverage Company and Dichello Distributors, and will be available in April 2015 with both Grapes & Greens and Ippolito Distributing.
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