MacKinnon Brothers Brewing vs. Green Wolf Brewing in The 1780 Beer Challenge


KINGSTON, ON & ALBANY, NY – The Albany Ale Project – an ongoing research endeavor led by beer bloggers Alan McLeod of Kingston, ON and Craig Gravina of Albany, NY into the early history of brewing in its namesake city – has announced details of a cross-border brewing challenge.

The 1780 Beer Challenge will pit McLeod and MacKinnon Brothers Brewing against Gravina and Green Wolf Brewing, with the teams brewing “Revolutionary War-era inspired beers – both made from locally-sourced, traditional late 18th-century ingredients and historical brewing techniques.”

The beers will be tapped at The 1780 Beer Challenge and Revolutionary War Festival taking place on Saturday May 16th at the Middleburgh Library in Middleburgh, NY. In addition to a blind judging of the beers to select a winner, the day will feature much more including…:

…a Revolutionary War encampment, colonial brewing and cooking demonstrations, 18th century toys and games for kids, talks on the history of beer and hops in upstate New York and the Schoharie Valley, a Schoharie Valley hops display at the Library, beer samples from Green Wolf and MacKinnon Brothers, and Green Wolf brewery tours. Middleburgers BBQ and Under the Nose gift shop and bakery will be offering barbeque and baked goods for sale, and Craig Gravina and Alan McLeod will be selling and signing copies of their book “Upper Hudson Valley Beer”.

The 1780 Beer Challenge will run from 1:00 to 5:00 PM on May 16th. General admission is $15 which includes beer sampling tickets and a Green Wolf sampler glass, with a $10 ticket available for non-drinkers, and kids under 15 admitted free.

For more details, see the Facebook listing for the event.

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