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Northern Eagle Plans Seek More Economic, Ag Growth

Northern Eagle Plans Seek More Economic, Ag Growth

Edition of Thursday-Friday, Sept. 25-26

Editor’s Note: Northern Eagle Beverages President George Allen delivered these remarks Thursday, Sept. 18, at the ground-breaking on an 82,000-square-foot brewery and warehouse on Browne Street, Town of Oneonta, a hops-to-taps collaboration of the Hager family’s Northern Eagle, Cooperstown Brewery Co. and Hager Hops.

The vision for the future started in July 2012 when a new site was being considered in the Pony Farm Industrial Park. That location didn’t work out, so the search went on.

In January 2013, then-Otsego County Economic Developer Carolyn Lewis suggested the OCDC property between UPS and Ioxus. The site was viewed and a decision made to acquire the land. In August 2013, the purchase of the 11-plus-acre lot was complete.

During that time, Northern Eagle Beverages’ chairman Lou Hager and his children, Louis, Alicia and Whit, decided it was time to bring a family tradition home once again – growing hops. Plans were made and today Hager Hops, located just outside of Cooperstown, is the largest hop yard in New York State.

But now, what to do with the hops? In November 2013, a hop pelletizer, capable of processing over 200 pounds of pelletized hops per hour, was purchased by Northern Eagle. It is today the only one in New York State that can pelletize hops at low temperatures, preserving the oils that brewers desire.

A nitrogen flush Mylar packaging machine was purchased in July to allow Northern Eagle hop processing and pelletizing to package the pelletized hops in a form that brewers demanded. To date, Northern Eagle has processed several tons of hops, most from New York State, but some from as far away as just outside of Philadelphia.

So we have hops growing and a way to pelletize and package them. Now what? Enter Cooperstown Brewing Co.

Negotiations started in late November 2013 to purchase the brewery that was started in 1995 by Milford native Stan Hall. On April 1, 2014, the purchase was complete and Northern Eagle became the first distributor in the country to own its own brewery.

So that is why we are here today. All of these businesses needed a new place to call home.

A state of the art, temperature-controlled warehouse facility will house the beer – and soon-to-be wine – distribution business. The hop processing will have its own area in the building to process an ever-growing New York State hop industry.

The Cooperstown Brewery will also have a new place to call home. Plans are calling for a state-of-the-art brew house that will allow Cooperstown Brewery to function as a New York State Farm Brewery, allowing Cooperstown Brewery to sell numerous New York State products in its gift shop.

All of these plans focus on one factor. We must have more economic and agricultural growth for the area. Northern Eagle is investing in the future. Beer is not going anywherre. And the hops speak for themselves.

We need other businesses to invest as well. We need cities and towns to invest in the people that live here now and, more important, the people who will hopefully move here and see what Central New York has to offer.
This is an exciting time for Northern Eagle Beverages, Cooperstown Brewing and Otsego County.

Let’s toast to the future.

Northern Eagle Buys Glens Falls Brewing

Northern Eagle Buys

Glens Falls Brewing

Oneonta Company In Expansion Mode

northern eagle beverage copyONEONTA – Northern Eagle Beverages announced a few minutes ago it will be purchasing Glens Falls Brewing Co. shortly.

Located in Queensbury, near Lake George, the brewery was founded in 2014 to help Davidson Brothers Brewing, Glens Falls, expand its brands throughout the Northeast.  Davidson Brothers is not part of the purchase.

Glens Falls Brewing joins Northern Eagle’s Cooperstown Brewing Co., Milford, purchased in April 2014.  As the Milford brewery was undergoing renovations, Cooperstown Brewing’s beers were brewed under contract with Glens Falls, since both used Peter Austin Brewing systems.

Northern Eagle Cuts Ribbon On ‘Lake George Beer Hub’

Northern Eagle Cuts Ribbon

On ‘Lake George Beer Hub’

Everyone whoops as George Allen, president of Northern Eagle Beverage, Oneonta, cuts the ribbon on the Lake George Beer Hub Wednesday afternoon in the Town of Queensbury, near the namesake tourist community.  Behind Allen is Louis Hager, principal in Hager Hops, the largest-in-the-state 20-acre hopyard in Pierstown.  The Lake George Beer Hub building was formerly the Davidson Brothers brewery, which Northern Eagle bought in 2016.  The Hub’s current members are Davidson and Cooperstown Brewery, which is allied with Northern Eagle and Hager Hops.   Located to attract summer tourists from Lake George, and Hub offers brewery tours, tastings, serves by the pints and hosts events. There is a variety of bottled beer available for purchase, as well as a variety of apparel and gifts.  (Adirondack Regional Chambers of Commerce photo)
Barnyard Swing, Northern Eagle Garner Small-Business Awards

Barnyard Swing, Northern Eagle

Garner Small-Business Awards

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce this morning announced that Marcy Birch, center, proprietor, Barnyard Swing, Hartwick Seminary, has won this year’s Key Bank 16th annual Small Business of the Year Award, and Northern Eagle Hop Pelletizing Co., represented by George Allen, left of Birch, is the Excellus/Blue Cross Breakthrough Business of the Year. Others, from left, are Community Bank’s Joe Sutaris, the chamber board chair; chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan, and, representing Key Bank, Allen Ruffles, Cooperstown branch manager. The dinner will be Thursday, Oct. 15, at The Otesaga. For reservations, call 432-4500. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce this morning announced that Marcy Birch, center, proprietor, Barnyard Swing, Hartwick Seminary, has won this year’s Key Bank 16th annual Small Business of the Year Award, and Northern Eagle Hop Pelletizing Co., represented by George Allen, left of Birch, is the Excellus/Blue Cross Breakthrough Business of the Year. Others, from left, are Community Bank’s Joe Sutaris, the chamber board chair; chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan, and, representing Key Bank, Allen Ruffles, Cooperstown branch manager. The dinner will be Thursday, Oct. 15, at The Otesaga. For reservations, call 432-4500. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Northern Eagle Opens With Tours, Beer, Food

Northern Eagle Opens

With Tours, Beer, Food

George Allen, Melissa Miosek, Ryan Birdsall, Louis B. Hager III, Whit Hager, Matt Curley, Alicia Hager, Kathleen Emmett, Louis B. Hager, Jr., and Barbara Ann Heegan cut the ceremonial ribbon that marks the New Northern Eagle Beverage Plant on Brown. St. in Oneonta, officially open. Festivities filled the afternoon highlighted by tours, tastings, Brooks BBQ and music by The Round House Rockers. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
George Allen, Melissa Miosek, Ryan Birdsall, Louis B. Hager III, Whit Hager, Matt Curley, Alicia Hager, Kathleen Emmett, Louis B. Hager, Jr., and Barbara Ann Heegan cut the ceremonial ribbon that marks the New Northern Eagle Beverage Plant on Brown. St. in Oneonta, officially open. Festivities filled the afternoon highlighted by tours, tastings, Brooks BBQ and music by The Round House Rockers. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Faso Tours Northern Eagle, Gains Backing Of Business

Faso Tours Northern Eagle,

Gains Backing Of Business

Northern Eagle Beverages President George Allen, left, gives Republican congressional candidate John Faso a tour of the company’s new plant (and future brewery) on Browne Street, Oneonta, Thursday.  The candidate, who is running against Democrat Zephyr Teachout to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-19, was in the Oneonta area to receive the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Businesses
Northern Eagle Beverages President George Allen, left, gives Republican congressional candidate John Faso a tour of the company’s new plant (and future brewery) on Browne Street, Oneonta, Thursday. The candidate, who is running against Democrat Zephyr Teachout to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-19, was in the Oneonta area to receive the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Businesses.
Small Business, Breakthrough Winners Lauded At Chamber’s Otesaga Banquet

Small Business, Breakthrough Winners

Lauded At Chamber’s Otesaga Banquet

Originator of the "Miles of Smiles" tourism promotion, Marcy Birch of Barnyard Swing, center,
Originator of the “Miles of Smiles” tourism promotion, Marcy Birch of Barnyard Swing, center right, poses with her collaborators after she was honored with the 2015 Key Bank Small Business Award after this evening’s Otsego County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Banquet at The Otesaga.  From left are Chamber Board Chair Joe Sutaris; “Miles” publicity director Peg Odell; Susan O’Handley of Central NY Mobile Marketing, which developed the “Miles” Facebook page; Liz Callahan, CEO/Executive Director of the Hanford Mills Museum, Birch’s partner in the venture; Marcy and her husband Bob; Chris Doucas, who operates Tickled Pink BBQ at Barnyard Swing, and Chamber President/CEO Barbara Ann Heegan.  Allen Ruffles, Key Bank Cooperstown bank manager, presented the award.   (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Northern Eagle Beverages President/Partner George Allen, center, who accepted the Breakthrough Award on behalf of Northern Eagle Pelletizing Co. this evening, is flanked by, from left
Northern Eagle Beverages President/Partner George Allen, center, who accepted the Excellus/Blue Cross Breakthrough Award on behalf of Northern Eagle Pelletizing Co., is flanked by, from left, Chamber Board Chair Sutaris, the Community Bank regional executive; Chamber CEO/President Heegan; Northern Eagle Sales Manager Brian Birdsall; Hager Hops principal Louis Hager; Allen; Ian Porto, general manager, Northern Eagle Pelletizing Co.; Melissa Miosek, Northern Eagle sales; state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, who presented the honorees with Senate and Assembly proclamations, and Allen Sessions, who chaired the Chamber Special Projects committee that chose the honorees.  Excellus’ Bill Virkler presented the award.
Harvesters Turn County Into Hops Farming Hub

Harvesters Turn County Into Hops Farming Hub

By JIM KEVLIN

Two flatbeds from Harbor Freight Transport, Port Newark, N.J., arrived at the Cooperstown Brewing Co. here shortly before noon Monday, June 23, with the final pieces of the foundation needed to revive the crop that created Otsego County’s greatest period of prosperity.

Hops, that is.

The final pieces are two refurbished Wolf Harvesters, purchased in April and imported from Poland for Hager’s Hops, owned by Anheuser-Busch heir Lou Hager Jr. of Cooperstown and affiliated with his Oneonta distributorship, Northern Eagle Beverage.

“This is exactly what farmers here have to have,”  said George Allen, Northern Eagle president, who was at the scene and has been Hager’s point man, not just with the recent acquisition of Cooperstown Brewing, but in the development of a 200-plant hops farm in Pierstown.

The harvesters complete the circle – from hops growing, to harvesting, to pelletizing, to brewing.

Farmers have started growing hops in earnest again since the state’s Farm Brewery Act of 2012, among other things, required that 90 percent of ingredients used in local microbreweries must be grown in-state by 2022. Today, 20 percent of the ingredients must come from New York; in 2018, that rises to 60 percent.

Hops, however, are time consuming to harvest. The Wolf Harvesters, available on a contract basis, can harvest 170 “binds” – strings of hops – per hour, and the harvested seed cones can then be pelletized at Northern Eagle’s current plant on Railroad Avenue in Oneonta, Allen said. That’s 10 pounds of “wet hops” per bind, which dry to 2.5 pounds.
Northern Eagle is breaking ground on a new distributorship and plant in West Oneonta in the next few weeks, the executive said, where additional space will be set aside for processing hops.

Pelletizing preserves the hops so they can be stored and used by breweries as needed; otherwise, the fresh hops must be immediately used in beer’s manufacture, impractical for breweries.

“Last week has been a big turning point for hops growing in New York State,” said Allen. In addition to the two Milford harvesters, two others were installed: at Climbing Bines near Penn Yan and Mosher Farms, Bouckville. Until now, there have only been two contract harvesters – one at Madison County Cooperative Extension in Morrisville, the other on Long Island.

Steve “Mr. Hops” Miller, the Madison County extension agent who assisted Hager in obtaining the harvesters, said that, for optimal results, the hops vines should be at the harvester within 45 minutes, so “we’re nowhere near flooding the market.” There are companies in New York State that are developing mobile harvesters, he added.
George Allen said he has contacted 20 hops farms as far away as Long Island and Buffalo, lining up business for the Milford harvesters.

The Farm Brewery Act, Miller noted, only applies to microbreweries, defined as producing 60,000 barrels a year. “Ommegang is at the upper end,” he said. Anheuser-Busch, which brews near Syracuse, plus the Genesee Brewing Co., Rochester, and Matt’s Brewing, Utica, are thus exempt.

NeHA, the Northeast Hops Alliance, is collaborating with Hager Hops, planning an open house at the Pierstown hops yard on Aug. 2.

Inspired By Dad, Grandmother, Matthew Hulse Achieves Eagle Scout Ranking

Inspired By Great-Grandmother, Dad

Matthew Hulse Awarded

Eagle Scout Ranking

In Ceremony At Centers

Rick and Christine Hulse stand with their son Matthew Hulse as he is presented with a citation from the NYS Assembly, delivered during Matthew’s Eagle Scout ceremony by Assemblyman John Salka, R-121, at Cooperstown Center this morning. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

by LIBBY CUDMORE • Special To AllOTSEGO.com

Following the ceremony, Matthew speaks with his great-grandmother Louise Hulse, 102, who was among the many family gathered at the ceremony.

COOPERSTOWN – When Matthew Hulse was given his Eagle Scout award, he wanted to make sure his great-grandmother, Louise Hulse, 102, was there to be a part of the ceremony.

“She was so enthusiastic when my uncle Alan (Lotito) got his Eagle Scout award,” said Matthew. “It was important for me to have her there to witness it.”

Hulse, now a freshman at SUNY Poly Technic and a member of Troop 1254, held his Eagle Scout ceremony at Cooperstown Center, where his grandmother resides, this morning.

“I’ve very proud of him,” said Louise. “He’s a wonderful boy.”

110 Hop-Growing Aficionados Tour Sites Of County Revival

110 Hop-Growing Aficionados

Tour Sites Of County Revival

Upstate's "Mr. Hops," Madison County Cooperative Extension Agent Steve Miller, demonstrates using a baler at the first stop of today's hops tour, Northern Eagle Beverage on Railroad Avenue, Oneonta. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Upstate’s “Mr. Hops,” Madison County Cooperative Extension Agent Steve Miller, demonstrates using a baler at the first stop of today’s hops tour, Northern Eagle Beverage on Railroad Avenue, Oneonta. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

 

Lou Hager III answers tour members' questions at the Hager Hops yard in Pierstown.  At left is his sister Alicia, a partner in this venture.
Lou Hager III answers tour members’ questions at the Hager Hops yard in Pierstown. At left is his sister Alicia, a partner in this venture.

ONEONTA – Otsego County’s reputation as a hops-growing hub was further fertilized today at 110 hops growers, prospective hops growers and people interested in the revival of the historic local crop toured sites from Oneonta to Pierstown.

Another 30 people tried to register for the Northeast Hops Alliance’s annual Field Day, but couldn’t be accommodated, said Alycia Schick, a staffer with the Madison County Cooperative Extension Service.  A smaller tour is contemplated to accommodate those people.

The tour, led by Upstate’s “Mr. Hops,” Steve Miller, the cooperative extension agent, based in Morrisville, who has been a key organizer and information resource for the Central New York hops revival, began at Northern Eagle Beverage in Oneonta and stopped for lunch at the Cooperstown Brewery in Milford, where Northern Eagle’s hops harvester, the first in the county was examined.

After a visit to Brewery Ommegang’s experimental hops plot — a couple of dozen varieties are being test-grown — the tour finished at Hager Hops in Pierstown, where 10 acres of the crop have been planted this summer.

HAGER HOPS BREAKS GROUND ON BREWERY IN WEST ONEONTA
Artist's rendering shows the new Cooperstown Brewing Co. plant and Northern Eagle Beverage warehouse.  Construction by Eastman Associates is expected to be complete by October 2015.
Artist’s rendering shows the new Cooperstown Brewing Co. plant and Northern Eagle Beverage warehouse. Construction by Eastman Associates is expected to be complete by October 2015.

HAGER HOPS BREAKS GROUND

ON BREWERY IN WEST ONEONTA

A ceremonial ground breaking this afternoon started work on the new 82,000-square-foot building that will house a new Cooperstown Brewing Co. plant and Northern Eagle Beverage warehouse on Browne Street in West Oneonta.  From left are Bryan Birdsall, sales manager; George Allen, president; Whit Hager, 9, son of principal Lou Hager III; Matt Curley, general manager; Alicia Hager and her brother, Lou III, and Melissa Miosek, sales.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
A ceremonial ground breaking this afternoon started work on the new 82,000-square-foot building that will house the new Cooperstown Brewing Co. plant and Northern Eagle Beverage warehouse on Browne Street in West Oneonta. From left are Bryan Birdsall, sales manager; George Allen, president; Whit Hager, 9, next to his dad, Lou Hager Jr.; Matt Curley, general manager; Alicia Hager and her brother, Lou III, and Melissa Miosek, sales. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Prior to the groundbreaking, Lou Hager Jr. brings the crowd up to date on plans by the affiliated companies, Northern Eagle Beverages and Hager Hops, to complete the hops-to-tap cycle in Otsego County.  Hager is growing hops in Pierstown, processing them in Oneonta, drying them in Milford, then adding them into the brewing process for such Cooperstown Brewing favorites as Old Slugger beer.  Seated n the foreground are, from left,  Hager's daughter Alicia and son Lou III, general manager Matt Curley, president George Allen and sales manager Bryan Birdsall.   Seated three rows back is Hugh Henderson, a county IDA board member.  Standing from left are Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood; Gordon B. Roberts executive Jon Hansen;  aides to Senator Seward Doug Cannistra and Jeff Bishop;  IDA President Sandy Mathes, COO Elizabeth Horvath and board chair Bob Hanft; Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller; Dennis Finn of the city Airport Commission; and county Rep. Janet Hurley Quackenbush.
Prior to the groundbreaking, Lou Hager Jr. brings the crowd up to date on plans by the affiliated companies, Northern Eagle Beverage and Hager Hops, to complete the hops-to-tap cycle in Otsego County. Hager is growing hops in Pierstown, processing them in Oneonta, drying them in Milford, then adding them into the brewing process for such Cooperstown Brewing favorites as Old Slugger beer. Seated n the foreground are, from left, Hager’s daughter Alicia and son Lou III, general manager Matt Curley, president George Allen and sales manager Bryan Birdsall. Seated three rows back is Hugh Henderson, a county IDA board member. Standing from left are Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood; Gordon B. Roberts executive Jon Hansen; aides to Senator Seward Doug Cannistra and Jeff Bishop; IDA President Sandy Mathes, COO Elizabeth Horvath and board chair Bob Hanft; Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller; Dennis Finn of the city Airport Commission; and county Rep. Janet Hurley Quackenbush.

REVIEW AUG. 8 ARTICLE ON TOUR OF HAGER HOPS OPERATIONS

Eagle Scout, Churches Collaborate In Welcome Sign At Edge Of Village

Eagle Scout, Churches Collaborate

In Welcome Sign At Edge Of Village

Eagle Scout candidate Charles Gannon, standing at left, obtained the help of his fellow Troop 1254 scouts for signs at the two Route 28 entrances to the village welcoming visitors to Cooperstown's churches.   Others standing, from left, are Tim Walker, Daniel Rudloff and Nathaniel Miller.  Front row, from left, are Matthew Hulse,  Eric Deysenroth, Leo Gannon and Steve Ratliff.  Also assisting were Josh Briggs and Anthony Birch.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Eagle Scout candidate Charles Gannon, standing at left, obtained the help of his fellow Troop 1254 scouts for signs at the two Route 28 entrances to the village welcoming visitors to Cooperstown’s churches. Others standing, from left, are Tim Walker, Daniel Rudloff and Nathaniel Miller. Front row, from left, are Matthew Hulse, Eric Deysenroth, Leo Gannon and Steve Ratliff. Also assisting were Josh Briggs and Anthony Birch. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

COOPERSTOWN – Charles Gannon’s Eagle Scout project began reaching fruition this morning, as he and fellow scouts in Cooperstown’s Troop 1254 erected a sign at Route 28’s south entrance into the village welcoming visitors to worship at the six local churches.

A similar sign – “The Churches of Cooperstown Welcome You” – will be erected next Saturday at the Route 28 entrance from Fly Creek.

Gannon, a CCS ninth grader, designed the signs and obtained financial backing from the village’s Ecumenical Council to put them up. Medical Coaches, Oneonta, designed special brackets to secure the sign to the upright posts and donated them to the project.

The prospective Eagle Scout is son of Paul and Katherine Gannon, Cooperstown.

Local Audubon Society Pledges $254 Reward In Eagle Shooting

Local Audubon Society Pledges

$250 To Eagle-Shooting Reward

The Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society has pledged $250 toward the reward fund set up to identify and prosecute individuals responsible for shooting an immature bald eagle found in New Lisbon on Saturday, April 25.

The bird is presently at Cornell University recovering from surgery. Part of one wing was amputated. The bird will not be able to be released since it will never fly again.

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