Hartwick College Center for Craft Food & Beverage Officially Opens
The Hartwick College Center for Craft Food & Beverage, New York State’s first and only brewing industry resource for testing, education, and business development, officially opened today, with a ceremony attended by State Senator James L. Seward ’73, H’99, Assemblyman William (Bill) Magee, and other state and local dignitaries.
At the event, Seward also announced a $250,000 legislative grant to support laboratory renovations for the Hartwick College Center for Craft Food & Beverage.
Hartwick College President Margaret L. Drugovich led the proceedings.
“Hartwick College is committed to leveraging our intellectual capital to create an economic benefit for the region,” she said. “The testing, advising and educational activities of the Hartwick College Center for Craft Food & Beverage will provide a capacity-building advantage to craft food and beverage entrepreneurs.
“The Hartwick College Center for Craft Food & Beverage will provide a critical link in a virtuous cycle of economic momentum in this industry, a momentum that will ultimately benefit the region’s citizens and our own Hartwick College students through expanded research, internship and, ultimately, employment opportunities for Hartwick graduates,” she added. “We are grateful to Senator Seward for his support of this initiative, and for his continued, tenacious effort to advance the assets of this magnificent region of New York State.”
The Hartwick College Center for Craft Food & Beverage fills an essential role in the industry’s infrastructure by offering education, training, and research. It also provides reliable testing to assess product consistency and quality, thus ensuring that craft food and beverages will continue to capture market share and maintain consumer loyalty.
“Craft food and beverage businesses are springing up across New York, particularly in our region of the state,” said Senator Seward. “We need to nurture this blossoming industry that combines farming, agri-tourism, and other related industries. The Hartwick College Center for Craft Food & Beverage is a one-of-a-kind resource for existing businesses and budding entrepreneurs that will help develop superior products and foster economic growth.”
Speakers also included Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets Phil Giltner and Chair of the Hartwick College Board of Trustees Francis Landrey P’06, who noted the learning opportunities the facility will provide Hartwick students, and thanked President Drugovich for her leadership in helping the facility come to fruition.
The Hartwick College Center for Craft Food & Beverage Director Aaron MacLeod said, “Although the Center has been active for several months now, we are thrilled to formally announce we are open for business. There are so many people and organizations to thank in helping us get to this day. We look forward to a bright future as we help meet crucial industry needs and provide invaluable experiential learning opportunities for Hartwick students.”
Last weekend the Hartwick College Center for Craft Food & Beverage hosted the Farmer Brewer Winter Weekend conference. More than 100 farmers, brewers, and maltsters from across the country attended the sold out 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.
Along with funding announced today, the Hartwick College Center for Craft Food & Beverage is subsidized in part by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and an incentive from Empire State Development Corporation through New York State’s Consolidated Funding Application process.