By Fred Stabbert III
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Two Sullivan County breweries have joined the Hudson Valley Food & Beverage Alliance, a cluster initiative of the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. (HVEDC).
The Food & Beverage Alliance focuses on helping area food and beverage companies work together as strong partners and market their products nationwide. The organization includes food businesses, farmers, vegetable growers, beverage
makers, distributors and other industry organizations.
Catskill Brewery, based in Livingston Manor, and the Roscoe NY Beer Co. (RBC) understand the importance of the networking relationships available to them through the Alliance.
“Catskill Brewery’s mission to promote and help preserve the Catskills through production of high-quality, locally-made craft beer aligns well with the values of HVEDC,” said co-founder Ramsay Adams. “By building relationships between business owners, we can educate people on the value and opportunities within the greater Hudson Valley and Catskill region.”
Added Shannon “Birdie” Feeney, RBC’s director of marketing: “Being a part of the Alliance affords us the opportunity to align ourselves with some of the great entrepreneurial organizations in the Hudson Valley. We look forward to sharing our passion for brewery excellence and having others do the same with us.”
Catskill Brewery produces a variety of exceptional beers on premises, including cask-aged and specialty beers, while promoting and helping preserve the Catskills and its natural environment. One of the greenest breweries in the country in both its systems and practices, the building is heated and cooled by geothermal, powered by solar, and features a green roof, permeable driveway pavers and an electric car charging station. The brewery is efficient in energy and water use, and re-purposes spent ingredients which are used by local farmers as animal feed.
Five beers currently on tap are Floodwatch, an IPA; Ball Lightning, a pilsner; Nightshine, a black lager; Devil’s Path, an IPA; and Freak Tractor, part of the wild beer series. Its beer is on tap in establishments throughout the Hudson Valley.
RBC was also created by a small group of people with a passion for craft beer using their love for their hometown of Roscoe, also known as “Trout Town USA,” as part of their marketing efforts.
RBC uses all natural ingredients to maintain and stay true to the American beer making traditions borne from European ancestry. Its flagship brew is named Trout Town American Amber Ale. Its other beers are Trout Town Rainbow Red Ale, Trout Town Brown Ale, Trout Town Eagle IPA, Trout Town Tail Ale and a special rye called Trout Town Two River Rye.
Its recently opened storefront allows visitors to view the processing of brewing through glass viewing panes. Other features include a self-serve tap wall and full service tasting bar.
“These two breweries add to the uniqueness and innovative thinking we want driving this group’s direction,” said Laurence P. Gottlieb, HVEDC president and CEO. “The Hudson Valley brewery industry is a powerful regional and national force. We welcome the insights and forward-thinking ideas that Catskill Brewery and Roscoe NY Beer Company bring to the Alliance.”