COOPERSTOWN – Asked today for “key factors to success,” four panelists from the local brewing industry spoke as one: Quality, quality, quality and quality.
“It all starts with quality,” said Roger Davidson, Council Rock Brewery founder. “It is fun … (but) I try to do the best I can every single day for consistent quality.”
“If quality isn’t the top of mind, you shouldn’t be a brewer,” said Ommegang’s Phil Leinhart, who has been cited in international competition as the “best in the world” of brewmasters at mid-size operations.
Aaron MacLeod, director of Hartwick College’s Center for Craft Food & Beverage, expanded that to include “the value chain” — hops, barley, malt, all the products that go into beer making.
ONEONTA – Hartwick College’S Center for Craft Food & Beverage will again host the Farmer Brewer Winter Weekend conference, this weekend, co-sponsored by Otsego Now and the Craft Maltsters Guild.
More than 100 farmers, brewers, and maltsters from across the country will attend the two-day conference to explore the science behind their craft from “grain to glass,” and discuss the opportunities and challenges of working with local ingredients to make great beer. Last year’s conference was an immediate sell-out.