SCHENECTADY — Four dozen craft beverage producers in and around the Capital Region are joining forces once again for a passport promotion to drive business to each other.
The Capital Craft Beverage Trail on Thursday launched the 2019 CCBT Passport program. Passports are available free from the member beverage producers, and holders get a stamp each time they visit one of the producers.
Holders are eligible for one of four prizes ranging from a shot glass for 12 stamps to free admission to a CCBT event for 46 stamps.
More than 5,000 passports were distributed in 2018 and more than 250 were fully completed. Prizes for the 2018 passports can be claimed until March 8.
The passport launch event Thursday was held at Great Flats Brewing on Lafayette Street in Schenectady. Owner Harry Whalen said it was both exciting and a bit odd to host the event, as he’s been in business only two years. Even so, he’s no longer the new kid on the block in New York’s booming craft beverage world.
“It’s a strange feeling, but we welcome them in the same way that Mad Jack and Wolf Hollow welcomed us,” Whalen said, referring to previously established Schenectady and Glenville craft brewers.
The brewers and their fans are a community, he said, and “the passport’s sort of an extension of the family. … We’re lucky to be in this community, so let’s keep it going.”
Great Flats has done well enough that Whalen has made it his full-time job, and upgraded to a larger, more-efficient brew kettle while adding sours and barrel-aged beers.
“We’re sort of just ramping up production and styles,” he said. “It’s been a heck of a journey. Schenectady has been great to us.”
The CCBT was formed in 2015 as a collaborative approach to promoting craft beverage producers using local ingredients in eight area counties.
In a prepared statement, CCBT President John Curtin said: “The results of last year’s program were spectacular and this year, we expect no less. The CCBT Passport program celebrates craft beverage producers throughout the Capital Region by encouraging unique drinking tours, and that is what makes this program so worthwhile for both producers and residents.”
Participating in the 2019 passport program are:
- Altamont Vineyard & Winery
- Oligan Distilling
- Meadowdale Farm Winery
- Indian Ladder Farms Cidery & Brewery
- Fort Orange Brewing
- Druthers Brewing Company
- Nine Pin Cider
- Albany Distilling Co.
- C.H. Evans Brewing Co. at the Albany Pump Station
- Helderberg Brewery
- Meadowdale Winery
- The Real McCoy Beer Co.
- Royal Meadery
- Chatham Brewing
- The Chatham Berry Farm LLC (The Greenhouse Cidery)
- Hudson Brewing Co.
- Harvest Spirits Farm Distillery
- Little Apple Cidery Inc.
- Olde York Farm: Distillery & Cooperage
- Rip Van Winkle Brewing Co.
- Crossroads Brewing Company
- Yesfolk Tonics
- Hudson-Chatham Winery Troy
- Shmaltz Brewing Company
- Brown’s Brewing Co.
- The Beer Diviner
- S&S Farm Brewery
- Emporium Farm Brewery
- Stable Gate Farm and Winery
- Rare Form Brewing Company
- Common Roots Brewing Company
- Artisanal Brew Works
- Galway Rock Vineyard & Winery
- Hank Hudson Brewing Company
- R S Taylor & Sons Tap Room
- Racing City Brewing Company
- Unified Beerworks
- Wolf Hollow Brewing Company
- Mad Jack Brewing Company
- Great Flats Brewing
- Frog Alley Brewing
- The Schenectady Distilling Company, Inc.
- Adirondack Winery
- Northway Brewing Co.
- Springbrook Hollow Farm Distillery
- Northern Cross Vineyard