SUNY Cobleskill Presents from Grain to Glass: An Exploration of Beer and Brewing

Avid beer enthusiasts and exceptional hop seekers alike are encouraged to join SUNY Cobleskill to explore all that is brew at our first Grain to Glass: An Exploration in Beer event. Happening September 27, 2014, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, attendees will revel in a day dedicated to all facets of the brewing culture at SUNY Cobleskill’s Curtis Mott Hall. Representatives from Ommegang Brewery, Green Wolf Brewing Co., the Carey Institute and the authors of Upper Hudson Valley Beer, ensure the Grain to Glass event will provide a stout immersing experience unlike any other.

After an introduction to brewing, the day’s festivities will begin with Craig Gravina and Alan McLeod, authors of Upper Hudson Valley Beer. Alongside engaging listeners with a detailed look into the history of brew from the Upper Hudson Valley Region, they seek to celebrate the brewing practices of historic and contemporary times. “With the popularity of historic brewing on the rise, both commercial brewers and especially home brewers, we thought SUNY Cobleskill’s Grain to Glass Day would be a great way for us to get out and talk to people about beer and history—and get them talking about it too!,” remarks Craig Gravina. Gravina and McLeod will additionally be on hand to answer questions and sign copies of their new book.

A panel discussion segment will detail how brew originates at the farm and travels right to your glass, providing insight into how hops and grains affect crop farms, businesses, and the future of beer. The day’s activities will also include an opportunity to learn about a day in the life of a brewer. A home, farm, and craft brewer will share their day-to-day activities, offering unique insight into the time, effort, and dedication it takes to produce successful, delicious beer. Green Wolf Brewing Co. will be on hand for the day’s event as well, providing not only their beer but an expert, first-hand discernment into the Farm-to-Glass discussion. “Green Wolf Brewing Co. is excited to be involved with SUNY Cobleskill and New York State’s Farm-to-Glass Movement. This will be a great event for local breweries and growers,” said Justin Behan, President of Green Wolf Brewing Co.

No brew event would be complete without a beer styles appreciation portion. At 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm, Grain to Glass attendees can join brew experts from Ommegang Brewery in identifying various beer styles. Ommegang representatives are delighted to partner with SUNY Cobleskill for this brew bash and are keen on connecting with Grain to Glass attendees. “Our brewers are delighted to be part of SUNY Cobleskill’s Grain to Glass event. Every beer, brewery and brewer has a story and our brewers are very much looking forward to sharing their experience and the Ommegang story with attendees,” said Allison Capozza, Publicity Manager for Ommegang Brewery. Pre-registration is preferred for this event and an $8.50 charge per person will be implemented. ID is required.

“The Carey Institute is thrilled to be working with SUNY Cobleskill to help raise awareness about the linkage between craft brewing and regional agriculture,” describes Rachel Platel, of the Carey Institute. SUNY Cobleskill’s Grain to Glass event will also include farmer’s market vendors, brewery booths, food vendors and home brew demonstrations and displays.

For further information regarding this event, please contact the Professional and Continuing Education Office at SUNY Cobleskill at SUNY at 518-255-5528 or www.cobleskill.edu/PACE.