Testing at the Center for Craft Food & Beverage

Hartwick to Host Farmer Brewer Winter Weekend Conference

January 8, 2016

Hartwick College’s Center for Craft Food & Beverage (CCFB), New York State’s first and only brewing industry resource for testing, education, and business development, will host the Farmer Brewer Winter Weekend conference from January 16-17. More than 100 farmers, brewers, and maltsters from across the country will attend 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.

CCFB Director Aaron MacLeod is excited for the first major event to be held by the Center.

“This is an important industry conference, and we are pleased to be the host,” he said. “It became clear early on that people are excited to join us. More importantly, we are helping to meet the needs of the industry, while providing experiential learning opportunities for our students.”

Guest speakers include malting and grain scientists, as well as leading malting and brewing professionals. They will represent an array of national and international industry organizations, including the French Institute of Malting and Brewing, Cornell University, North Dakota State University, FX Matt Brewery, and Brewery Ommegang.

“Unique and interesting flavors are a really important aspect of craft beer,” said MacLeod. “Many of our guest speakers will be talking about the unique characteristics of local ingredients that make farm beer distinctive.” Other topics will include “Malting 101,” starting a farm brewery, developing a brewery or malthouse quality control program, and malting and brewing with rye.

Throughout the weekend, beers featuring local ingredients will be tasted.

Otsego Now, the county’s Industrial Development Agency, is one of the event sponsors.

“Farm brewing represents an area of tremendous economic growth for the Central NY region,” said Otsego Now CEO Sandy Mathes. “The resulting demand for local raw materials is creating new opportunities for farmers and value-added producers. Events like this one help to provide much-needed education to support these growing small businesses.”

The CCFB is funded 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.

The Center will hold its official grand opening on Friday, January 22, with local and state officials expected to attend.

For more information on the Farmer Brewer conference, visit http://www2.hartwick.edu/farmerbrewer.

For more information on the CCFB, visit the webpage, or contact MacLeod at 607-431-4232 or macleoda@hartwick.edu.