Trillium Anniversary Dinner at Armsby Abbey

Gonna keep this post short and sweet as to not get backed up on the impending Troy Craft Beer Week posts. Last month Armsby Abbey celebrated their sixth anniversary and as with every year they pair up with one of the area’s hottest breweries to finish off the month of celebrations with a dinner of epic proportions. This year was no different and they teamed up with local favorites Trillium Brewing.

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Upcoming Events for Troy Craft Beer Week and Beyond

Troy Craft Beer Week is upon us and while the events have not reached a level of noise they have for the Saratoga Beer Week I figured I’d still do a post on what I think are some of the can’t miss events on the week.

Uncle Sam Burger & Brew at The Ruck | Sept 2nd – 7th
This might actually be my favorite event of the week. It shows a lot of great Chefs in the area putting some effort into two of my favorite things: good burgers and good beer.

B. United International Beer Tasting w/ Island Creek Oysters at The Grocery/Confectionary | Sept 2nd 6PM
Definitely the most unique lineup of beers for the week, worth checking out if you haven’t had many offerings from the B. United portfolio.

A Dinner With Grimm Artisanal Ales at The Grocery/Confectionary | Sept 3rd 7:30PM
It’s always a fun time when the Grimms make it Upstate and this dinner is set to be one for the record books.

Evil Taco Garden Takeover at The Grocery/Confectionary | Sept 4th – 5th
Evil Twin makes some of the best beers available in New York, along with The Grocery’s “evil tacos“. Can’t lose.

Ales vs. Lagers Dinner at The Ruck | Sept 4th 6PM
Both Jack’s Abby and Troegs beers are pretty prevalent in this area, but man the food menu here looks killer.

Firestone Walker Night at The Ruck | Sept 4th
A nice selection of Firestone Walker’s barrel aged offerings including some vintage stuff and their core line.

Jack’s Abby Night at The Ruck | Sept 5th
If you missed the Jack’s Abby event at The City Beer Hall earlier this summer here’s your chance to grab some of those BA variants.

The Craft Lager Revival with Special Guest Sam Handler at The Ruck | Sept 5th 6PM
A chance to meet the brewer and taste some of the lagers that are turning the craft beer world on end.

Saturday Cider Brunch at The Ruck | Sept 6th 11AM
Let’s face it after a week of drinking you are going to need to brunch hard on Saturday, especially if you’re going to the Troy on Tap Festival later in the day.

Troy on Tap Beer Festival at Riverfront Park | Sept 6th 2PM
Riverfront Park is one of my favorite spots for local events, but all too often the selection of beer at those events is abysmal. Troy On Tap is slated to fix this with a showing of 100 craft beers including a selection from our friends at Remarkable Liquids and Craft Beer Guild NY. I hear there may be shotgunning of beer. Should be an amazing time for downtown Troy’s first beer fest.

Lagunitas and Munchies at The Ruck | Sept 6th 5PM
Consider this your post fest after party. End your night with some rare beers from Lagunitas and some of Chef Rachel’s munchies (<— that’s what she said).

Sour Beer Festival at Captain Lawrence | Sept 13th 1PM
This is shaping up to be the next big beer geek festival. I’m surprised tickets lasted as long as they did. Tons of sours from both Captain Lawrence and a bunch of guest breweries. Can’t miss it.

Zwanze Day | Sept 20th
A lot of great options for those of us living in the Northeast. Novare Res, Armsby Abbey, Lord Hobo, Hill Farmstead, Alewife, Spuyten Duyvil, and Monk’s Cafe all within a four hour radius. Pick your poison.

SIPtemberfest | Sept 26th
Already sold out unfortunately, but if you have your tickets already you know this is the way to go out with a bang for the last big event of the beer fest season.

Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2014

Hey guys, hope everyone had a great time at BCTC this weekend. Pics are up on Facebook (I tend to do that with people focused festival pictures so friends can tag people I may not necessarily know) so if you haven’t yet make sure to head over to FB and check out the album, maybe tag a friend.

Big shout outs to Dimitrios for taking them helm with feeding our faces with delicious food the entire weekend. Sorry our laser focused attention was on drinking beer and not giving you the help you deserved. And to the crew at Remarkable, hope y’all had fun with your first year at BCTC. Always awesome hanging out with the Grimm, Stillwater, and Global Beer folks. Big thank you to Mike from Fest Pics for the invite and as always some great pics to remember the event by. One of the few events of the year where I end up in front of the camera for a change.

See everyone next year, yeah?

Hill Farmstead takes over the Capital Region

Nuzzy pouring Hill Farmstead Arthur at The Ruck
Capital Region folks, unless you were living under a rock, you know that a handful of kegs from one of my favorite breweries made their way to the taps of a few of bars in the area last week. Two kegs of Arthur and two kegs of Everett were tapped, and each of the places I visited kicked their kegs in a couple of hours or less. I’m not going to get too wordy here, although you should check out Greg’s post on the topic.

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