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Jonathan PostBy Jonathan Post
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Jonathan PostBy Jonathan Post
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$4,567
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The Beer Diviner expounds on What He Hath Wrought
The Beer Diviner expounds on What He Hath Wrought

Are you ready to kick start me? My brewery has been open for just over a year and last month I won the bronze medal for Best Beer in the Hudson Valley at New York State's longest running craft brew festival, TAP NY! Six months ago I sextupled my output! Actually, sadly, that’s not saying much: the 10 gallon system I started on made me probably the smallest brewery in New York State. Even what's considered a small brewery can octuplet what I make today. From a brewer’s standpoint, you’ve got to make more beer and get it out to people if you’re going to be successful. So what’s a nano brewer to do? -- EXCELSIOR! (New York State motto, Latin for “ever upward”) Some genius a hundred times over came up with the Farm Brewery Bill. You have to use New York State ingredients – no problem for me because I’m so small – and you can open up to five outlets all under the one license, AND sell NY State cider, wine, distilled spirits, AND sell and serve local foods like cheeses and sausages. The vision was my vision; I dutifully applied and today I am one of only two (that I know of) licensed Farm Breweries in New York State.

Half the bar is built and the walls painted!
Half the bar is built and the walls painted!

Enter the Dragon – YOU! The above pic is the taproom after a bunch of volunteers showed up to paint and sand the bar. It's at the corner Routes 22 and 43 in Stephentown, along a route used by travelers from NYC to Vermont and five minutes from Jiminy Peak Ski Resort.The vision is for a tastefully decorated space where you can come and fill growlers, taste beers, buy New York State cider, wine and distilled spirits (which pronounces more trippingly on the tongue than, 'liquor'), along with local food – pickles, meats, garlic, salsa, what else is there?

A thing of beauty
A thing of beauty

But I need $, cash, cheddar, cheese, dough, dinero for…mostly for inventory (which will of course support all those NY State wineries, distilleries, pig styes, pickle patches, etc.). It would also be great to hire somebody since for the past year I’ve been going solo. Imagine: you walk into a bright room with pictures on the wall of ancient beer scenes and stories about the history of beer. To your left is a solid wooden bar of rough cut lumber including a ten foot long, by four inch thick, by two feet wide bar top cut from a single tree. You mosey up to the bar, try some tasters, grab a pint and maybe an assortment of excellent local cheeses and take a seat at the inviting bench. There you might get on wifi or just drink beer and appreciate the background of good music on the 16 speaker stereo system. Or you wander to the other side of the building where a furious game of foosball is underway – or darts, or ping pong. Finally, you go back through the tasting room and into the Wine and Distilled Spirits Room, peruse the shelves, pick up a bottle of good wine for that person who for some reason that I can't figure out doesn’t drink beer, but hey, each to his own, return to the tasting room, pick up a growler – or two – and you’re on your way!

Community Game Room
Community Game Room

This is an exciting time for the growth of craft brewing in New York State and around the country. MY two barrel system is movable; I see brewing not only at this location but at a number of satellite locations under the one Farm Brewery license -- maybe in Hudson, maybe Long Island. What better way to help the local, including barley and hops growers, and wineries, distilleries and other local foodmakers? Budweiser, you had your day. Time to move over!

On June 22 we will hold our Grand Opening with live music and free tastings. Even if you do not pledge, we hope to see your happy faces!

Who would have thought a tiny brewery in the Taconic hills...
Who would have thought a tiny brewery in the Taconic hills...
The Brewery on Bly Hollow Road in Cherry Plain
The Brewery on Bly Hollow Road in Cherry Plain
The Beer Diviner checks The Mash
The Beer Diviner checks The Mash
That's my story and I'm sticking with it!
That's my story and I'm sticking with it!
Finished drums in Accra, Ghana, ready to ship to The Beer Diviner
Finished drums in Accra, Ghana, ready to ship to The Beer Diviner
Bottle Openers
Bottle Openers

Risks and challenges

Any business venture involves rolling the dice. All we know is that we make excellent beer and need to find a way to make it more available to people. Through our new outlet we can start establishing, person by person, out of state or in state, a relationship with local food and drink under the umbrella of a craft brewery. Brewing beer, particularly on our small 2 barrel system, is very hard work; opening up an outlet/tasting room will stretch us to the limit. But with growth comes more economic opportunity, for ourselves and for our community. In creating the Farm Brewery license our New York State legislature understood the difficult economic times we are all facing and passed this bill to give New York State businesses incentive to grow. The stipulations of the Farm Brewery bill require the use of NY state barley and hops, 20% in the first five years, 60% in the next five, and 90% thereafter. That's why we're rolling up our sleeves and getting to work!

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    OPENER: Now, where did I put that bottle opener...whoops, there it is: Beer Diviner bottle opener key chain with LED light

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    BEER MULE: Beer Diviner tote for hauling six 22 oz. bottles of beer (or wine)

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    SIPPER: Beer Diviner 14 oz. Milan Pilsner glass. Now you’re stylin’ – and it tastes better too!

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    HOPSTER: One Beer Diviner growler with logo for your first fill up. Sorry, we can't fill it with beer on Kickstarter, but now that you're part of our Growler Program you get reduced prices for fill-ups!

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    PICKLED PUCKER: Award winning bottle of pickles from local Pickler, Puckers: ½ sour garlic, full sour garlic, Habenero, Sour Krunch Sauerkraut or New York Super Kimchi. Take your pick

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    Starter: Support African artisans with the ultimate opening experience: handcarved ebony bottle opener made in Ghana

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    MALTSTER: Beer Diviner T-shirt PLUS the growler. What else do you need on a Sunday afternoon - except pants?

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    TASTER: Beer Diviner hat PLUS the T-shirt, PLUS the growler - now you're rockin' 'n a rollin'!

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    PITCHER: Traditional German flip-top growler (sorry, Kickstarter rules say we can't fill it with beer) with metal handle and porcelain flip top, makes you part of our Growler Program, PLUS The T-shirt or the hat. Prost!

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    MASHER: Private evening with the Beer Diviner for up to 6 people at the new outlet, PLUS the T-shirt and the hat to show off to your guests, plus the growler, AND one free entry to the Grand Opening June 22

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    BREWER: All day brewing day with the Beer Diviner (you can kick back if you wish) learning the mystical art of beer making wearing your new hat, T-shirt and holding a growler.

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    TAVERN KEEPER: Private evening for up to six people at the new outlet with a smorgasbord of local meats, cheeses and other culinary delights paired by the Beer Diviner. Of course you can flaunt your hat, T-shirt, growler

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    DIVINER: Private divination with The Beer Diviner aligning yourself with the Spirits of Nature and the Gift of your Ancestors as taught to The Beer Diviner by the Dagara shamans of West Africa. A beer or beer recipe specific to you will also be divined. You get the T-shirt, hat and growler.

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    BREW MEISTER: Support Ghanian artisans with a 13" head mahogany djembe hand drum made for The Beer Diviner in Ghana. If you so wish, the Beer Diviner will give you a private lesson on the intricacies of the 6/8 beat. This comes with your new hat, T-shirt, and growler.

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    ALCHEMIST: A beer or recipe for a beer chosen by you as you delve into the mysteries of beer with the Beer Diviner, brewing with him if you wish, creating a beer with a name of your choosing, working with him to create the label and make a beer that will be sold as a Beer Diviner beer. It might even have your name on it! T-shirt, hat, growler, bien entendu!

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    SPIRIT: THE WHOLE MAGILLA: Everything above, EVERYTHING. In fact, because you are indeed blessed you can substitute stuff, i.e. two drums instead of a divination

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