The Farm Brew Renaissance

The Cortland Beer Company (CBC), the brainchild of Cortland residents Dan Cleary and Terry Vestal, now co-owned by Dan along with Tom Scheffler and Dawn Zarnowski, is currently producing over 1,000 barrels of sudsy goodness each year. For comparison, a ‘barrel’ of beer equals two half-kegs (a half-keg is, apparently, the technical term for the regularly-sized keg you’re likely picturing in your mind), or 15.5 gallons. In other words, CBC is now producing 155,000 gallons per year, which is a small enough amount of liquid gold to avoid the cost-cutting tendencies of large-scale macro-breweries but enough to ensure both consistent quality and regular experimentation.

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