Finger Lakes welcomes aspiring micro-brewers

Credit: Associated Press AP PHOTO SEPT. 11, 2009

Credit: Associated Press AP PHOTO SEPT. 11, 2009

Interested in starting your own microbrewery? There’s an app conference for that. And, of course, with more than 50 breweries in the area, it’s in the Finger Lakes.

The 2015 Finger Lakes Craft Beverage Conference, hosted by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Seneca County, will be March 27-28 in Waterloo.

Whether your heart is set on starting or maintaining a cidery, brewery, or distillery, the conference will offer an opportunity to network, learn the process, and take a field trip to the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station’s Vinification and Brewing Laboratory.

Local speakers include Gregg Stacy from the Ithaca Beer Co., Bill Barton from Bellwether Hard Cider, and over 20 others from around New York State.

It’s no secret that the Finger Lakes is a go-to destination for from-the-source alcohol; according to the Ithaca Visitor’s Bureau the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is America’s first and longest running wine trail in the country, and includes 16 of the area’s best wineries, a cidery, a meadery and four distilleries.

Between the Chocolate and Wine weekend in February, the Finger Lakes Wine Festival in July, the Bacon on the Lakein wine and bacon tour in March, the Finger Lakes Beer Festival in October, and countless other events (coupled with the gorgeous lake views and waterfalls), it’s not wonder so many people call Ithaca home.

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