Brewery Ambassador, Ian moves onto next adventure.

As of October 1st, 2009 I will be leaving the Chelsea Brewing Company.  The time has come to move on and to pursue the next great adventure in the brewing industry.  I thank all of the wonderful people that I met along the way.  From tour goers who shared their enthusiam to bartenders, who listen to your trvial problems there are a great number of people who make your life a little bit better every day.  I also want to specically thank the brewers at the Chelsea Brewing Company, Chris and Mark who taught me basically everything I know about brewing and answered about 27,000 of my questions.  May you all follow your passion, whatever it may be and to never give up on what truly makes you happy. 

Cheers,

Ian Phillips

Chelsea Cask Festival Dates Set!

Cask Fest

Plan something fun for your office or friends!

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Catskill Fresh Hopped IPA Begins.

 

Hops at the Farmer's Museum of Cooperstown, NY

Hops at the Farmer's Museum of Cooperstown, NY

          On a Monday morning in Mid August 2 men left NYC to meet 2 men in NJ to go back in time…….

           Chelsea Brewery’s brewers, Chris and Mark, an elderly English man known as Skinner, and I crept up the winding roads through the woods on a quest to harvest as many hops as possible.  Our destination for this trip would be the Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown, NY.  The Farmer’s Museum, practices the farming methods and techniques from days of old such as using oxen to plow the fields, and good old fashioned manure to help vegetables grow.  They also grow a bounty of Hops.  Upstate NY used to be the largest producing region for Hop industry in times before prohibition, but a disease called, Downy Mildew damaged the crops so badly many farms shut down.  Prohibition was the final nail in the coffin for many small hops farms in NY, because if you’re not putting your hops into beer, there aren’t many other things you can use a huge volume of hops for.   

 

Chris uses an antique tool, to help pull a hop pole from the ground.

Chris uses an antique tool, to help pull a hop pole from the ground.

At the farmer’s museum, the hops are grown up vertical saplings.  Most of the plants were around 20 feet high, and the number of plants was somewhere around 80.  It was a beautiful sight to see a massive green wall of hops.

 

Mark and Skinner eye them up.

Mark and Skinner eye them up.

After the poles were pulled from the ground we brought them to the shade to pick in comfort with the flies and the chickens.

 

Mark is probably making fun of Skinner.

Mark is probably making fun of Skinner.

 

About 14 plants were picked on this monday afternoon yielding 15Lbs of hops, and with plans to return in early september, more hops harvested will be able to brew about 50 BBls of NYC’s finest ale.  

100_0642After a long day, Mark and Chris march back to our car, and we our trek back to NYC and back to reality.  You can expect to see CBC’s Catskill Fresh Hopped IPA in late September.  It is sure to be an amazing beer, with lots of unique flavor, and lots of care and planning into it’s creation.  This was an amazing experience that makes you appreciate the history of hop farmers and the simple joys of life.  

Cheers,

Ian

Free Tours: Conducted by the owner of the CBC!

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Apologies to our customers for any confusion.  There will be free tours this saturday, 8/22/09.  Your tour guide will be none other than the owner of the CBC, Pat Greene.  Tours will be from 2-6PM every hour on the hour.  Enjoy!

 

Remember Comedy Night! July 23rd.

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Comedy Night at the CBC.

The Chelsea Brewing Company will be hosting a Free Comedy Night, July 23rd .  Show starts at 9:30 and features some great comedians with awesome credentials.  No cover charge, but there is a 2 drink minimum.  However, with $5 beers, and $6 wine and well drinks that shouldn’t be a problem.  So come on by and have some laughs.

Featured Comics:

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Soul Joel Richardson– founder of the Staten ISland Comedy Festival and Soul Joel Productions

 

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Pat O’Shea- seen in Boston Comedy Festival and has a CD out called NOT FRIENDLY

 

 

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Kendra Cunningham- Boston Comedy Festival- New York Comedy Festival- Sketches on SNL and Jimmy Fallon

 

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Yannis Pappas- comedy central- VH1 –co- founder of Ditch Films –