PORTLAND NY – Have you ever wondered what is involved in the creation of a craft brewery, winery, or cidery?
The answers to many of your questions can be found at the inaugural Chautauqua County Craft Beverage Summit to be held on Thursday, Aug. 11 at the Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory (CLEREL) and 21 Brix in Portland, NY.
The Craft Beverage Summit is a cooperative effort of Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan, the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Development, Lake Erie Regional Grape Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County.
The potential of malting barley and hops to beer, grapes to wine and apples to hard cider will be discussed with all aspects covered from producing the raw materials, producing a craft beverage, marketing the finished product and working together to bring a craft beverage operation to fruition in Chautauqua County. Featured speakers include;
- Gary and Pam Burmaster, Liberty Vineyards and Winery, Sheridan, NY – the NY Wine & Grape Foundation’s 2016 Winery of the Year
- Chris Hansen, Climbing Bines Craft Ales Company, Penn Yan, NY
- Ted Hawley, Master Maltster with NY Craft Malt, LLC, Batavia, NY
- Cortni Stahl, Star Cider LLC, Clifton Springs, NY
- Mario Mazza (owner), Jimmy Walsh (head brewer) and Joe Nelson (head distiller), Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing, Westfield, NY
- Cheryl Thayer, Harvest NY, Cornell Cooperative Extension
- Kevin Martin, Lake Erie Regional Grape Program, Penn State University
The Craft Brewery Summit is free but requires preregistration and seating is limited so early registration is suggested.
The Summit will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Portland.
Registration information and a detailed agenda can be found on the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program website at https://lergp.cce.cornell.edu/ or call Kate at (716) 792-2800.