Trio aims to raise bar with local (Marcy, NY) brew

7140y7v4yji4zttbbs9guyw67d27puxalzstfhgrih49bpt7dbruuejh1mpcmmMARCY,NY — A trio of teachers are just about ready to roll out their first commercial batch of beer at Woodland Hop Farm and Fermentation. The small brewery will begin production Sunday.

Keith Redhead, AJ Spado and Nick Natishak were all teachers at Rome Free Academy and home brewers. Spado, 34, teaches earth science at the school. Natishak, 30, teaches physics there. Redhead, 30, now teaches social studies in Oriskany.

They’d been brewing in their homes for nearly a decade, all while talking about the dream of one day opening a brewery.

Spado and his wife were visiting a small brewery started by a fellow teacher, and Spado asked him if it had been a big leap. The answer — that it was not — empowered Spado to propose the idea of Woodland to his two friends.

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Craft Beer, Artisan Spirits, and Boutique Wines: Step Away From The “Bubble”

This may actually be short – and yes, I CAN hear you laughing! – because the whole subject just irritates me so badly that I want to transform my body into electrical impulses, flow through the internet, emerge on the other end, and just slap the shit out of all those people who seem so freakin’ determined to turn this into an Issue.

This business of craft beer and boutique wineries and artisan distilleries suddenly experiencing a bust on the order of the dot-com collapse is pure nonsense, promulgated by people who have little or no knowledge of economics and the average American consumer.

ThreeKindFACT: the dynamic that kept Anheuser-Busch atop the brewing world for generations was the simple act of kids coming of drinking age being raised to think that the precise definition of “beer” was one of a relative handful of adjunct Pilsners, all of which looked and tasted almost identical. If a child grows to his/her majority and sees nothing in their home’s fridge but BudMillerCoorsPabst…

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A Brewery Timeline…

The total number of U.S. breweries reached an all-time high in 2015, according to a year-end review from the Brewers Association.

The professional beer industry in the United States has passed a milestone this year with 4,144 breweries, topping the historic high of 4,131 breweries in 1873. Since prohibition, the United States saw its lowest number of brewing companies in 1978, with just 50 brewing companies and 100 brewing facilities.

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11 Reasons Why Brewing Beer is the Best Holiday Project

My Thanksgiving weekend didn’t include a turkey, tree, or even a single Mariah Carey song, but it did include an afternoon of brewing beer—which I’d argue is just as holiday appropriate.

Photo by Bobbi Lin

On Sunday, after three days of baking pie, playing cards, and taking long, chilly walks, I coaxed my boyfriend away from a crossword puzzle to brew some beer with me. While it was already a little late to be starting the three-hour process—made even longer by an unexpectedly lengthy boil time, a leaky sanitizing solution, and a bodega-run for more ice—it ended up being one of the best things we did all weekend.

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Three Heads Cobbs Hill Black Lager


Profiled by Maria Devan

Pours not quite clear. Darkest browns with blackened hues that show a ruby tint under a haze. Scant head of tan foam that falls but leaves a film and shimmering clinging bubbles.

Scent is boiled peanuts. Earthy coffee. Roasty sweet. A hairy little bit of noble hop on the nose.

Taste is good. A touch of caramel type sweetness that underlies a very roasty malt that has a bit of bitterness to it. Nutty rather than fruity and finishes with a moderate hop flavor and bitterness.




Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”


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mdMaria Devan lives in Ithaca, NY. She reviews beer for the professor, and other sites, and does regular Sunday sampling. She lives on top of a hill, so she doesn’t need jet powered roller skates to get down, but the professor bets they’d help to get back up that hill somethimes.