Jeremy DeChario, Brau Meister, Is Excited About His Latest Addition From The Southern Tier Brewing Company
In operation since late 2002, Southern Tier Brewing Company of Lakewood, New York has grown to produce around 50,000 barrels of beer annually. Their hand crafted ales are now available not only here in the United States but in other countries. Founders Phineas DeMink and Allen "Skip" Yahn started the brewery with the vision of reviving the practice of small batch brewing to a region rich in brewing tradition.
|Southern Tier Brewing Company In Lakewood, NY |
In 2002 with equipment gained from the purchase of the Old Saddleback Brewing Co. in Pittsfield, MA, Southern Tier Brewing began production in Lakewood, NY. Southern Tier immediately garnered regional attention and demand for the product quickly outgrew what their modest facility could handle. In 2009 a new 20,000 Square foot building was built for the purpose of brewing innovative, high-quality beer. The small brewery was now able to grow and offer product nationally and internationally while still taking care of their local loyal fans. In 2010 with demand still growing they added another 7,500 square foot addition to use as a
|Part Of The New Additions To The Brewery|
conditioning room and replaced its bottling line with a state of the art line that fills, caps and labels an impressive 10,000 bottles per hour at full speed. They also added a 110 barrel brewhouse which will increase their production capacity three fold.
So Southern Tier Brewing Company is now able to offer new products like the interesting beer just received at the Co-op. They have added an interesting twist to the pale ale style according to Beer Street Journal and Great Brewers with their introduction of
Live, with a little bit of bottle conditioning.
|New Pale Ale Live From Southern Tier Brewing Company|
Bottling conditioning is the act of adding extra sugar and yeast to the bottle to condition the beer after it's filled. Due to the
|Southern Tier Brewery Pub, The Empty Pint|
presence of the yeast, the beer develops and changes slightly over time. Live is a fitting name, as the beer is very much active straight up to the time you pour it in your glass. (I can attest to this as we tried a bottle or two out of our 6 pack of Live, and it has a great taste and liveliness.) Bottle conditioned beers have a longer shelf life, as opposed to a filtered beer. It is brewed with 4 varieties of malts and 4 varieties of hops. See Jeremy's pick, below, for Co-op's special on Live.