Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Southern Tier to Open New Distiller

LAKEWOOD, N.Y. -- If anyone outside of Western New York is familiar with the Jamestown area it’s typically due to its history of furniture production or famous past residents, but over the last 14 years that’s been changing.
Southern Tier Brewing Company was founded in the suburb of Lakewood in 2002 and has grown into the 33rd largest craft brewer in the nation.  The lessons learned from that success are the driving force behind a new venture in craft distilling.  Welcome to Southern Tier Distillery.
Owner Ross Seeley has worked with Southern Tier Co-Founders Phin and Sarah DeMink from the very beginning.  He says the idea of “craft” was very important to their approach, “The craft spirit is there.  I mean, everything here is done by hand.  We literally do everything the hard way.”
Southern Tier says keeping the focus local is also very important to them.  90% of the grains used in liquor production come from New York State.
“For one, obviously we try to hire everybody local," Seely adds, "Two, forty-thousand pounds of corn come from a local farmer every month, which I think he’s pretty excited about.  We use local New York State maple syrup that’s a half mile up the road, two hundred and fifty gallons of that per batch of rum."
In addition to rum, Southern Tier will offer a vodka, and both a citrus and a London dry gin. They’re also making a bourbon, a smoked bourbon, a rye whiskey, and what they’re calling 2xIPA whiskey.
Seely explains, “Southern Tier Brewery makes the beer.  We haul it down here, ferment it, add yeast, dry hop it, and then we distil it so you can have a 2xIPA and you can have a shot of 2xIPA whiskey in the same sitting.”
Barrels used to ferment spirits at the distillery will in turn be sent over to the brewery across the street and used to brew new types of Southern Tier beers.
The target is early July for distribution around Western New York as well as the opening of an on-site tasting room in Lakewood before branching out, but the exact plans are still slightly in motion.  Regardless, people here are excited to show everyone what they’ve been up to the last two years, just as soon as it’s ready, of course.
“Quality is everything for us. That’s why we haven’t opened yet. There’s no such thing as perfection, but we want to do our best," Seely exclaims, "We don't just want to open a craft brewery.  We want to OPEN.  A CRAFT.  BREWERY."

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Volunteers take on invaders

Volunteers take on invaders: Garlic mustard. Purple loosestrife. Phragmites reed. Dog-strangling vine. The list of invading plants keeps getting longer, and our knowledge of how to battle them is ever changing. The species listed here, plus many more, are ones that have shown up in the Couchiching region from their distant home ranges, and they are quickly displacing native species.

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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Spring has come to Western New York


Spring has come to Western New York with the blooming of spring bulbs and the season's first buds popping out on trees and shrubs. Look for the opening of seasonal shops, restaurants, and golf. At Cross Roads Farm and Craft Market in Westfield the season starts April 30th. See below for upcoming events and news from Chautauqua County. For a complete list of events happening in April and throughout the year, visit our online calendar.
See What's Happening in April!
Wine and Cheese Weekend, April 22-24, 2016
Lake Erie Wine Country kicks-off the 2016 season with their annual Wine & Cheese Weekend event on April 22, 23, and 24. Ticket holders may visit any or all of 23 participating wineries to enjoy special wines paired with food samples created with exquisite Yancey's Fancy cheeses. Ticket holders will receive a food and wine pairing sample at each winery, additional wine tastes, a wine glass, recipe booklet, $5 voucher for wine purchase, and a gift. Pork Verde Chili, Smoked Gouda Bacon Cheese Balls, Fruit Sushi, and Beer Cheese Fondue are some of the food samples that can be savored along with the perfect complementary wine.

PGA Golf at Peek'n Peak Resort
There's big news for golf at Peek' Peak Resort! PGA TOUR's Tour and LECOM Health Challenge hit the 4-star Upper Course, July 4-10, 2016. The week-long schedule includes a Pro-Am followed by four rounds of tournament competition. Register to become an official volunteer and experience the tournament from "inside the ropes".

Play where the pros will play. Peek'n Peak's Lower Course and Practice Facility open April 9th followed by the Upper Course on April 23rd. 
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The 96-page, four-color magazine features things to do, places to stay, shop and dine, and a county map! 

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