Albany Craft Beer Week 2017

People in the Capital Region love their beer. If you’re one of these people who somehow doesn’t know, Albany Craft Beer Week will take place April 17 through 23 all throughout Albany. The main event, called Albany Craft Beer Festival is at the Armory on Saturday April 22, and will feature more than 100 rare and special release beers.

Learn more at albanycraftbeerweek.com, and be sure to check the schedule as there’s a ton going on.

(Side note: the art for this event is awesome. If you know who did it, please let me know!)

Spring Coffee School at SMCo.

Superior Merchandise in Troy has announced their spring semester of coffee classes. In addition to learning about brewing at home, they’ve added a fun sounding Intro to Home Roasting class. This will be held on the back patio and will show attendees a demo and tasting of coffee roasted in a hot air popcorn popper, and talk about the process from green coffee to roasted coffee.

The class shedule is as follows:

April 3: Intro to Coffee Tasting // 6PM // $25
April 10: Advanced Coffee Tasting // 6PM // $30 (“Intro to Tasting” class strongly suggested*)
May 1: All Things Aeropress // 6:30PM // ($25, $50 with aeropress)
May 15: Brew Better at Home // 6PM // $30
June 5 (raindate — June 12): Intro to Home Roasting // 6PM // $25

Learn more about Coffee School and other fun events they’re putting on SMCo.’s events page.

Brew to open second location, rebrand

The craft beer and beverage shop Brew on Lark Street has announced a second Saratoga location with a bar, and new name for both businesses. Pint Sized will be opening at 489 Broadway in Saratoga in Spring 2017, and Brew on Lark Street will begin using the Pint Sized name as early as next week.

From the press release:

The small bar will have 12 beers on tap available by the glass or growler. In addition to enjoying craft beer on premise, there will be a wide selection of brews to purchase for off premise consumption as well. Product will be sold broken up as single units, packaged, or as mix-six packs with a $3 off discount. There will be a small wine list and a rotating food menu with light fare.

Also of interest to those who are fans of the Lark Street location:

The Albany location will have a bar for on site consumption down the road.

As a supporter and fan of Brew I\’ve asked August, the one behind the whole thing a few questions about the new location and name change.

Read more below! Continue reading…

Coffee School at SMCo.

Superior Merchandise has a bunch of great educational coffee classes set for the next few months. If you\’re serious about upping your coffee game but haven\’t gotten around to tackling it, or have had difficulty brewing at home in the past, this is for you.

Tickets are currently on sale via Eventbrite. Get that coffee game maximized before the holidays.