If you’re a fan of the Capital District craft beer scene you’re probably familiar with “The Beer Diviner,” a line brewed by Dr. Jonathon Post at his nanobrewery in Cherry Plains. The beers have been available for sale in the area and in select markets downstate for about a year (you can read my reviews of five of them here). And now there’s an official Beer Diviner Tap Room in Stephentown, where you can choose from eight of their eccentric brews by the pint, bottle, case, or growler.
On Saturday, June 22, they held a shindig to celebrate the opening of
the tap room. It was essentially a mini beer festival as there were
several other vendors pouring samples, including: Adirondack Winery;
Helderberg Meadworks; Albany Distilling Company; and Albany Brew
Crafters homebrew club. There was also a food truck and a bluegrass band
performing live music. I’d estimate upwards of 300 people came by
throughout the afternoon.
I wasn’t there as a blogger or even as a beer drinker, no sir, I was there representing Albany Brew Crafters.
I’m the club’s “Social Media Strategist” and was manning our tent with
fellow ABC member Ryan Hope. We were pouring samples of Ryan’s
“Pointon’s Proper,” an English Mild style all-grain homebrew Ryan brewed
just a few weeks ago. We dispensed dozens of samples, and everyone who
tried it liked it. At only four percent alcohol by volume it was nice
and refreshing in the hot summer sun. A few people were a bit
intimidated when they saw the brown color, but were then surprised by
the beer’s easy drinkability. It was a great educational opportunity as I
was able to explain how color really has nothing to do with a beer’s
strength (that particular beer is lighter in alcohol than Bud Light but
has so much more flavor).
As fun as handing out samples of homebrew was, Ryan and I were
actually there on a mission. The Beer Diviner provided us with a recipe
and the ingredients to make a five-gallon batch of his “Very! Brown Ale”
(watch the video below to see the brewing in action). This was a really
exciting opportunity since we were brewing something that’s sold
commercially, but obviously brewed on a bigger scale. Homebrew stores
sell various pre-packaged kits that are supposedly “clones” of
commercial beers, but this was different since the brewer himself put it
together using the same malts, hops, and yeast he uses himself. The
only difference is we used bottled water and we didn’t adjust the PH or
mineral content. We’ll find out in about a month how well the beer
turned out. It will be interesting to compare the homebrew to a bottle
of the commercially-produced beer, and to get Dr. Post’s feedback since
he knows that recipe better than anyone.
The Beer Diviner Tap Room & Market
15950 NY Route 22
Stephentown, NY 12168
HOURS: Thursday – Sunday 1pm – 8pm
Watch my vlog of the event and the brew here: