beer http://wrvo.org en Brewers get win as FDA agrees to back off spent grain regulations http://wrvo.org/post/brewers-get-win-fda-agrees-back-spent-grain-regulations <p></p><p>Federal food regulators are backing off of proposed changes to what craft brewers can do with the leftover grains from the beer making process.</p><p>Craft brewers in New York have said the proposal would hurt their businesses.</p><p>Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) had called for the Food and Drug Administration to abandon the change. He announced Thursday FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg agreed to revise the rule to avoid "unintended consequences" that would harm brewers and farmers.</p><p>Brewers provide spent grain to dairy farmers as a low-cost or free source of cow feed.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 00:03:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 54791 at http://wrvo.org Brewers get win as FDA agrees to back off spent grain regulations Brewers ask Rep. Maffei for reduction in federal taxes http://wrvo.org/post/brewers-ask-rep-maffei-reduction-federal-taxes <p></p><p>Some New York craft brewers are asking their local congressman to reduce the federal taxes on their beer so they can continue to grow.</p><p>The number of craft brewers in the state has risen to more than 140 in the past two decades as demand for more flavorful beers has grown. A handful of brewers met with Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei Monday at Empire Brewery in Syracuse. They had two main requests.</p><p>A reduction in the federal excise tax will help them expand, Mark Rubenstein, owner of Middle Ages Brewery, said.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:23:10 +0000 Ryan Delaney 47675 at http://wrvo.org Brewers ask Rep. Maffei for reduction in federal taxes Schumer pushes for end to ban on USPS shipping alcohol http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-pushes-end-ban-usps-shipping-alcohol <p></p><p>Sen. Charles Schumer says lifting a ban on the U.S. Postal Service shipping alcohol will help both the struggling postal carrier and New York’s growing beer and wine industry.</p><p>Private carriers like UPS and Fed-Ex can deliver mail-order alcohol. Schumer, a Democrat from New York, is pushing for the USPS to be able to do the same. The ban against it transporting alcohol dates back to Prohibition.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 19:57:07 +0000 Ryan Delaney 46405 at http://wrvo.org Schumer pushes for end to ban on USPS shipping alcohol New York Toasts Long-Awaited Revival Of Its Distilleries http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-toasts-long-awaited-revival-its-distilleries A century ago, New York could claim that much of its liquor was local, thanks to distilleries large and small that supplied a lot of the whiskey, gin and rum that kept New York City (and the rest of North America) lubricated. Then Prohibition arrived and the industry largely dried up, before trickling back to life in the 21st century.<p>Now, distillers in New York state are toasting a revival 80 years in the making.<p><a href="http://www.tuthilltown.com/">Tuthilltown Spirits</a> is one of the first boutique distilleries to open in New York since Prohibition. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 07:33:00 +0000 Joel Rose 41424 at http://wrvo.org New York Toasts Long-Awaited Revival Of Its Distilleries Once the dominant grower, New York is rediscovering hops http://wrvo.org/post/once-dominant-grower-new-york-rediscovering-hops <p>Dave Pasick<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> moved back to his family’s farm just north of Utica a few years ago, naming it </span>Szaro<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Farms, after an old family name.</span> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 12:54:47 +0000 Ryan Delaney 36654 at http://wrvo.org Once the dominant grower, New York is rediscovering hops Saranac brewery cuts ribbon on new biodigester http://wrvo.org/post/saranac-brewery-cuts-ribbon-new-biodigester <p>The historic F.X. Matt Brewery, maker of the popular Saranac line of beers, is getting more "green" next month. It won't be making green beer on a regular basis, as some brewers do for St. Patrick's Day, but it will flip the switch on a new anaerobic digester. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 11:04:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 30735 at http://wrvo.org Saranac brewery cuts ribbon on new biodigester Cuomo holds Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-holds-wine-beer-and-spirits-summit <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo pledged to invest more money into promoting the state’s growing wine, beer, and spirits industries, following a day long special summit at the state Capitol. Thu, 25 Oct 2012 13:33:12 +0000 Karen DeWitt 28090 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo holds Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit Cuomo to hold wine and beer summit http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-hold-wine-and-beer-summit <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced he’s holding a wine and beer summit at the Capitol in October to improve business opportunities for the state’s wineries and craft breweries. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:18:10 +0000 Karen DeWitt 26735 at http://wrvo.org NY state beer industry could see substantial growth http://wrvo.org/post/ny-state-beer-industry-could-see-substantial-growth <p>Beer is big business in New York state. The industry, which already has a major impact on the state's economy, expects to grow even further.</p><p> Sat, 18 Aug 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 24485 at http://wrvo.org NY state beer industry could see substantial growth New York's craft breweries bubble on thanks to tax credit deal http://wrvo.org/post/new-yorks-craft-breweries-bubble-thanks-tax-credit-deal <p>Nick Matt ducks into side doors and up staircases while rattling off the history of the F.X. Matt Brewery in Utica.</p><p>The brew house is like a second home to Matt because it was his grandfather, F.X., who first opened the brewery 124 years ago.</p><p>If you&#39;re racking your brain to see if you&#39;ve ever heard of F.X. Matt Brewery, try this: they make&nbsp;<a href="http://www.saranac.com/section/core-beers" target="_blank">Saranac ales and lagers</a>. For the older generations, does Utica Club ring a bell? Tue, 26 Jun 2012 12:03:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 21502 at http://wrvo.org New York's craft breweries bubble on thanks to tax credit deal How the maker of Saranac beer is turning wastewater into energy http://wrvo.org/post/how-maker-saranac-beer-turning-wastewater-energy <p>Five big new tanks have arrived at the F.X. Matt Brewing Company in Utica.&nbsp;But they won&#39;t be used to make the brewery&#39;s signature&nbsp;Saranac&nbsp;brand craft beer.</p><p>Instead, the tanks will act as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.energy.ca.gov/biomass/anaerobic.html" target="_blank">anaerobic digesters</a>&nbsp;for the brewery&#39;s wastewater.</p><p>Special bacteria will munch on the yeast and grains left floating around. The process will get the water about 85 percent cleaner before it&#39;s discharged into the sewer system, according to CEO Nick Matt.</p><p>But the digestion process also gives off methane gas and carbon dioxide.</p><p>That methane will be used to power a generator. CEO Matt says the new system will cover up to 40 percent of the brewery&#39;s electricity needs. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 13:23:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 21119 at http://wrvo.org How the maker of Saranac beer is turning wastewater into energy