Armory wins rave appeal

Raves could be back on the calendar at the Washington Ave Armory. The Third Judicial Department ruled that the Albany Board of Zoning Appeals’ determination that raves are not a permitted use of the Armory was “irrational and unreasonable” and must be annulled.

The Court was careful to point out that raves and similar dance parties may still be impressible under other provisions of the Code. The Court was only reviewing the BZA’s interpretation of the term auditorium.

While the Armory may have won the appeal, it looks like the BZA may be able to prevent raves under other sections of the Code of the City of Albany. It’s obvious this fight is not over.

To read more, you can read the PDF of the full decision.

This was a guest post by Jessica Klami Esq., who will occasionally help KAB decode the legal system. Follow her on twitter for other law related content!

Hudson Valley Hops 2014: Ticket Giveaway

On Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 4–7pm, the Albany Institute of History & Art presents their third annual Hudson Valley Hops event.

From the event listing:

There will be an exhibition of historic local brewery artifacts, a series of talks by beer historians and brewery experts, local craft beers, good food, and a commemorative glass for participants.

Breweries include: Adirondack Brewery, Brown’s Brewing Company, Chatham Brewing LLC, C.H. Evans Brewing, Crossroads Brewing Company, Druthers, Old Saratoga Brewing Company, Ommegang Brewery.

Sponsors include: The Ginger Man, Hilton Albany, The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Iron Gate Cafe, Lionheart Pub, El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant, Mazzone Hospitality, The Restaurants at the Desmond, Spectrum Theatres, Times Union, Washington Tavern

This is an awesome event for any beer lover, and the fact it’s all local New York breweries makes this even cooler. For more information check the event on the Albany Institute’s website or the official flyer.

To enter to win a pair of tickets (which were graciously provided by The Albany Institute of History and Art) hit the jump and fill out the form below!

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Craft Beverage Shop ‘Brew’ coming to Lark St

Copypasta from the release:

(Albany, New York) – A new craft beverage shop, Brew, is slated to open at 209 Lark Street for early summer 2014 under the ownership of current and prior Lark Street residents, Joshua Cotrona and August Rosa.

Highlights of the shop include a growler fill up station, a make your own six-pack section with a wide selection of bottled beer, a wall of specialty coffees and teas, cold brewed coffee concentrate growlers, and a cooler of ice cold beverages. Drip coffee, cold brewed coffee, and tea will also be available to go by the cup.

Awesome to hear. Having a spot to source teas and coffee locally rather than ordering them all off the internet is excellent, especially when coupled with a growler a station and a make your own six pack selection. This however comes with a bit of a a downside, as currently, 209 Lark is Fuzz Records, which will be converted into Brew. Josh will still sell records via the Fuzz website and they will have a small selection in Brew, but this will indeed be replacing Fuzz.

You can stay up to date with Brew via twitter, facebook and instagram. Be sure to read the full press release and stop in once they open!

April at EMPAC

EMPAC is in full swing and their latest email spells out all the rad stuff they’ve got in store this month.

This April at EMPAC, see how:

Hit up the schedule and catch a show. Many are free and the ones that aren’t are more than worth it.