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Stacks to host Latte Art Competition

On Thursday, September 4, Stacks Espresso Bar with the Capital Region Coffee Collective will be hosting the area’s first Thursday Night Throwdown latte art competition. The competition is a fun bracket style shootout. These friendly competitions are created with the goal of cultivating the coffee culture in the area.

Sign up is at 5:30pm and first competition pour is at 7pm. It’s totally free for spectators and only $5 to enter.

There will also be beer compliments of Rare Form Brewery as well as prizes and giveaways from Cafe Grumpy and Barrington Coffee Roasting Company.

For all the details check out the full flyer below. Be sure to stop by and meet some other coffee nerds, have a beer and possibly win some fun prizes.

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Collar City Hard Pressed juice and smoothie shop now open

As of today, Collar City Hard Pressed is opened at 215 Broadway, right next to The Grocery. The shop itself is carved out of a little area inside The Clark House, which houses The Grocery, Broadway News, and the-soon-to-reopen Tavern Restaurant.

If you’ve seen the Collar City Hard Pressed stand at the Troy Farmer’s Market, you already know that there is a crazy demand for a juice and smoothie shop in Troy, and it’s super exciting that this will be a permanent fixture in Troy. I am hoping that there will be some sort of overlap in which both the Tavern’s bar is open as well as Collar City Hard Pressed so you can get a cocktail with fresh juices.

Collar City Hard Pressed will be open 8am to 2pm Tuesday through Friday, and will still be at the farmers market on Saturdays.

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Red Square is now Parish Public House

Red Square has recently rebranded and expanded into Parish Public House, a “Louisiana Eatery & Drinkery”.

“It was always the plan to open our kitchen and expand the business beyond just our live music events,” explains Verret. “That plan has finally come to fruition with the launch of Parish Public House. It is not just the menu that is inspired by Louisiana, but also the name itself. It’s well known in that region of the country that the parish in the Pelican State is akin to a county in New York; meaning, it’s an identity, a home and a community. With that in mind, a business that brings Cajun culture to the Capital City with a focus on freshness – in food, drink and performances – was created.”

You know their head is in the right place because Bread and Honey on Madison is responsible for their Po Boy rolls. Check their menu and upcoming shows and pay them a visit soon.

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.