Checking out Brew

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Yesterday I stopped into Brew to grab some coffee and check out their offerings. The shop, which is at 209 Lark Street is definitely an awesome and very welcomed addition to the area. For coffee alone, they bring a variety and quality of beans from roasters which weren’t present in our area before. From there, they’ve got 150 types of beer from 50 different breweries around the country, and there were a lot of labels and names I haven’t seen before anywhere. You have your choice of can, bottle or growler.

They’ve also got french presses, the Aeropress, Chemex coffee makers and all of the accessories and filters for those that you’d ever need. And on top of all of that they’re stocked to the teeth with home brewing supplies as well.

Grab a few cans of something you’ve never had before and enjoy the heat of the summer before it’s gone. Or if beer ain’t your thing grab an iced tea or cold brew coffee and do the same.

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Brew set to open July 4

Brew, the craft beverage shop at 209 Lark Street will open it’s doors July 4th at noon. They’ll be your spot to grab some cold beers, coffee or teas on your way down to the plaza firework show, or on the way to your friend’s barbecue. They will have over 150 beers from 50 breweries available in cans, bottles or growlers.

They’ll also carry homebrewing supplies, whole bean coffee, and loose leaf teas.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow (or any other time after tomorrow) to stock up! Brew’s hours are Monday through Saturday noon to nine, and noon to six on Sundays.

Keep up with Brew on facebook, twitter or gram.

Photo: Brew/facebook

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Tonight: Soul Cafe Monthly Community Dinner

Tonight marks the first Soul Cafe community meal, which takes place at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 262 State Street in Albany. This month’s theme is Cuban Night, with a menu created by Chris Faraci of Carmen’s Café in Troy.

Soul Cafe is a volunteer-run dinner and there is a suggested donation of $3.

Read more on the event page and check out Soul Cafe if you can!

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Brew pop-up shop at Fort Orange General Store

Tomorrow night, there will be a Brew pop-up shop at the Fort Orange General Store. There will be cold brewed coffee, tastings, growler sign ups as well as whole bean coffees to take home. The event starts at 5pm.

If you’ve been living under a rock, Brew is going to be a craft beverage shop on Lark St in the same space that Fuzz Records was in. They’re currently heavily renovating the space, and you can check their progress on their instagram.

More info on the event page.

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Honest Weight Celebrates 1st Anniversary

On Saturday, June 21 the Honest Weight Food Co-op will celebrate their one-year anniversary at their new Watervliet Ave location. The celebration includes music, activities for the kids, vendor samples, giveaways, raffles and more.

From the press release:

The Honest Weight Food Co-op, the Capital Region’s go-to source for natural and locally-grown foods for nearly 40 years, will celebrate the one-year anniversary of its new location at 100 Watervliet Avenue with day-long festivities and special features on Saturday, June 21st, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Providing the day’s celebratory soundtrack, local musicians will perform in-store, while DJ Trumastr spins dance music from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. outdoors on the patio. More than a dozen local vendors will be offering samples of their products, while the popular Chefs Consortium will be working an outdoor grilling station to provide free tastings of some delectable creations.

Kids are welcome to join in the festivities with face-painting, hula-hooping and jump-roping, and all ages are invited to participate in oversized lawn versions of checkers, chess, and Jenga games.

Find out more on the event page.

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Soul Cafe Albany call for volunteers

This is a great idea and deserves to have an Albany chapter. If this is your thing be sure to email Renée or check out the event page.

The Soul Café is a popular monthly community meal happening at the Oakwood Community Center in Troy. We are planning to do this in Albany in an effort to bring together the diverse neighborhoods and build strong relationships in the community.

The dinners are run by volunteers. We are looking for people who want to cook, serve, clean, and do whatever else is needed. The volunteer cooks plan a menu, get ingredients, and prepare a meal together. The Soul Café is an open-hearted pay-what-you-can model with a suggested base donation of $3.00. The money each month is rolled into purchasing food and supplies for future meals.

A call for volunteers potluck with a preview of what to expect will be held on Monday, June 2nd from 6 – 8 PM at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 262 State Street (parking lot entrance at 85 Chestnut Street). Please bring a dish to share along with your creativity and enthusiasm. We will talk about the different volunteer opportunities as we plan ahead.

The first Soul Café Albany will take place on Monday, June 30th from 6 – 8 PM at the same location.

For more information, please contact Renée McAllister: reneemca@gmail.com.

Photo: Lizzie Johnston/flickr

Rare Form Brewing opening today

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Rare Form Brewing Company, located at 90 Congress Street in Troy will open their doors today at 4:30pm. The project started many months ago with a shell of a building which has been completely transformed into a gorgeous brewery. Jenny Kemp and Kevin Mullen with the help from a few friends have tackled almost all the work themselves, even the plumbing and electric. There’s a lot attention to detail in the brewery, such as the lights on the taps, the Rare Form colors on the bar, the custom tap handles, growlers and more.

The building that houses Rare Form has more going on than just the brewery. It will have four storefronts, with the other three being a deli, art gallery, and a restaurant/cocktail bar. Collar Works, the art gallery also opens today.

Check out Rare Form tonight during Troy Night Out and be sure to “test” all their beverages for science.