Took a beercation last week, and thought I'd share...
We started in Cooperstown NY, touring fly creek cider mill, Cooperstown Brewery, Brewery Ommegang, and Bear Pond Winery. Then we headed up to Troy NY, where we went to Browns brew pub. Next was Pioneer brewing in Sturbridge Mass. Then was on to Boston where we went to the BA Night of the funk festival (all sour / wild beers), and the next night the BA Belgium beer festival.
While on the trip I was able to talk to a lot of great people and brewers, and was fortunate enough to chat one on one with the head brewers from Ommegang, Pioneer, Lost Abbey, Cambridge Brewing, and Allagash. I may have talked to a few others, but those were the ones I recognized or was introduced to. Mike from Ommegang was very friendly and helpful while there. He went so far as to share some of their 'secrets'. Just throwing out there that Ommegang uses the same mash temp and scheedule for ALL of their beers. That blew my mind a bit. When asked about it he showed it to me. It is posted right on thir control panel, and he confirmed EVERY beer uses the same one.
We didn't do just beer stuff, but that was the focus.
My haul pictured left to right:
Fly creek apple wine
2 - bear pond cranberry wine
Ommegang abbey - aged for a year in local caves
Ommegang hennepin - aged for a year in local caves
Hoppin Frog BORIS
Bear republic hop rod rye
3 - Avery Maharaja
Port brewing hop 15
Southern Tier creme brulee stout
Stone Arrogant bastard
3 - ommegang Witte
3 - Ommegang Rare vos
3 - Ommegang Abbey
3 - Ommgang Hennepin
6 - Fly creek Hard Cider
6 - Cooperstown Bench warmer porter
6 - Cooperstown Striker Brown ale
6 - Cooperstown root beer
6 - Browns Oatmeal Stout
6 - SN Torpedo
Pioneer had wonderful beers, and very friendly people, but didn't bottle, and I purposely wanted to avoid growlers on this trip.
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