Here is a story: New York specifically allows cities and counties to exercise a local option by public referendum whether to go dry. You know, no alcohol. One of those towns was Argyle, in Washington County, NY. In Argyle, the measure had come up for a vote for decades – only to be defeated by voters. That is until this past November when it was overwhelmingly passed at the polls.
The Argyle Brewing Company had been unable to open in their own town. So, they opened in neighboring Greenwich – with the slogan: Dry Town – Wet Basements. Apparently now, they need a new slogan.
The Argyle Brewing Company is a NYS Farm Brewery and has is quickly becoming the place to meet in town after opening in early 2014. The brewery operates under a New York Farm Brewery license, meaning a certain amount of our ingredients come from right here in New York.
The brewer trio joins us this morning: Matt Stewart, Chris Castrio and Rich Thomas.
New York State, the fourth most populous state in the country, is divided into eleven different regions. Pair that with the state’s diverse geography – the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains, lowlands, eleven finger lakes, and borders of two great lakes – and one can understand the variety of brewing styles across New York.
As breweries from across NYS are meeting this week at the State Capitol, we meet several brewers from across our region. To discuss all the happening in the industry, we welcome Chris Ericson of Lake Placid Pub and Brewery and Big Slide Brewery and president of the New York State Brewers Association, Author and Culinary Institute of America Professor John Fischer from the Brewery at The Culinary Institute of America, and Kevin Mullen of Rare Form Brewing Company.