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Quality, Quality, Quality Will Lure Customers, Brewers Say
5TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON FOOD, FARMING

Quality, Quality, Quality Will

Lure Customers, Brewers Say

“The absolute best” is what local breweries must shoot for to achieve continued success, declares the Red Shed’s David Olson, right. With him are, from left, Ommegang’s Phil Leinhart, Hartwick College’s Aaron MacLeod and Council Rock’s Roger Davidson. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Drink beer from a glass “to produce its full aromatic potential,” MacLeod tells the audience at the Louis Jones Center.

COOPERSTOWN – Asked today for “key factors to success,” four panelists from the local brewing industry spoke as one:  Quality, quality, quality and quality.

Ommegang President Campbell keynoted.

“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.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2

Shop For The Holidays

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HOLIDAY BAZAAR – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. ‘Tip Toe Through The Holiday’ features items for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines Day. Includes gifts, decorations, crafts, more. Lunch available. Elm Park United Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-6552 or visit elmparkumconeonta.org

CONTRADANCE – 7:30 p.m. Fun social dance featuring music by Tailwind, caller Hilton Baxter. Arrive at 7:15 for introduction to steps. Admission, $8/adult. First Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Cooperstown. 607-547-8164 or visit otsegodancesociety.blogspot.com

Cheerful Crowd Warms To Cooptoberfest Beat

Cheerful Crowd Warms

To Cooptoberfest’s Beat

To the beat of Oneonta’s Roundhouse Rockers (Mark Spaziani on lead guitar), the fifth annual Cooptoberfest beer-tasting crowd is warming up at this hour under the tent in the Doubleday Field parking lot. From 5 p.m. on, a $45 ticket opens the door to an evening of beer tasting, courtesy of micro-breweries from around the region. At right, with President Doug Campbell and Innovation Manager Justin Forsythe manning the table, Brewery Ommegang – the event’s prime sponsor – is ready for what’s in store.  New this year is Eat Drink Cooperstown, local food vendors.   (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Drops To Hops Road Race Underway

7th Annual Drops To Hops

Road Race Underway

Cyclists in the 7th annual Drops To Hops 23 mile B-race take off from Brewery Ommegang on a 23 mile race led by pacers Tom Whitney, Oneonta, Sherrie Kingsley, Cooperstown, and Sue Whitney, Oneonta. Ommegang will be hosting a party at the finish line for racers and their families. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, AUGUST 24
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, AUGUST 24

Taj Garage Opens At Art Garage

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HOLIDAY MARKET – 5 – 7 p.m. The Taj Garage comes early. Visiting artist Steve Clorfeine, poet, world traveler, teacher, more, presents items from Nepal, India. Includes handcrafted items from silk, cotton, sculpture, paintings, dolls, more. Find great wedding, holiday presents. Show continues thru 8/26. The Art Garage, 689 Beaver Meadow Rd., Cooperstown. 607-547-5327 or visit www.facebook.com/TheArtGarageCooperstown/

FINE CRAFTS – 5 – 7 p.m. Opening reception for Fine Crafts Invitational exhibit “Made in New York: Earth, Wind & Sky” with joint Miniature Show inspired by Thomas Cole. Displayed thru 9/21. Cooperstown Art Association. 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15

Tour History Of Oneonta Revitalization

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WALKING TOUR – 7 p.m. Downtown Revitalization Then & Now along Main & Market Streets with Gary Wickham & Bob Brzozowski. Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org

ART CLASS – 3 – 4 p.m. Entertaining class for kids to learn Mask Making based on Thaw Gallery Yup’ik masks. Free. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/calendar-a

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUGUST 11
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUGUST 11

Civil War Camp, Battle, Concert

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REENACTMENT – 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Civil War encampment featuring soldiers in authentic uniforms drilling, performing maneuvers, singing period songs, more. Battle reenactment planned for afternoon followed by concert. Free, open to public. Lawn, Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Road, Cooperstown. 607-547-5098 or visit hydehall.org/event/civil-war-weekend-saturday/

ART FESTIVAL – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 11th annual juried art fest celebrating the relationship between artist, landscape. Fest features contest between local artists, food, vendors, music, demonstrations, more on expansive lawn. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/calendar-a

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8

Tour Historic Fairchild Mansion

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MANSION TOURS – 7 – 8 p.m. Tour historic Fairchild Mansion with Bruce Van Buren and other Masons. Cost, $3/non-gohs-members. Enter through Portico on west side of lodge. Oneonta Free Mason Lodge, 322 Main St., Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org/upcomingevents.htm

FAMILY PROGRAM – 6 – 6:45 p.m. Ross Park Zoomobile presents sit down program featuring opportunity to learn about, handle exotic animals. Cooperstown Village Library. 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 28
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 28

Parade of Legends

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PARADE – 6 p.m. Following awards presentation, Hall of Famers ride trucks down Main Street to special reception at Baseball Hall of Fame. Staging on Doubleday Field, Cooperstown. 607-547-7200 or visit baseballhall.org

ZUMBATHON – 1 – 4 p.m. Zumbathon, vendor fair to benefit Days For Girls, helping girls stay in school. Cost, $10/adult. Greater Plains Elementary School, 60 West End Ave., Oneonta. 607-643-8209 or visit www.facebook.com/Days-for-Girls-Unadilla-NY-Team-136991406948185/

Snommegang Offers Taste Of Many Regional Brews

Snommegang Offers Taste

Of Many Regional Brews

Austin Partridge and Wyatt Crowley of Red Shed Brewery in Cherry Valley, were serving glasses of their smooth, rich and malty Stonehouse Stout at the annual Snommegang beer tasting Event in Downtown Oneonta this afternoon. Main street was closed down for the event as hundreds of connoisseurs filled four tasting tents that offered a wide selection of regional craft brews. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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