#112 – Newburgh Brewing Company in Newburgh, NY

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(1) OUR EXPERIENCE

Newburgh Brewing is located in a huge 4-story warehouse that has an absolutely stunning view of the Hudson River. Owners Christopher & Paul met when they lived in the area around the age of 12 and, after a stint of going their own ways in life, came together to open up the brewery. With twelve beers on tap on the day of our visit, it’s not hard to believe that we were there for an extended amount of time (in comparison to the amount of time we normally spend at each brewery) hanging out with the staff and some of the locals. The taproom is one of the largest we’ve seen on our trip and the physical bar is a work of art. The great beer, atmosphere, and people make this a top notch brewery that you cannot miss.

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(2) VITAL INFORMATION

Date of our visit: Friday, 4/18/14
Open since: 2012
Approx. Barrel (bbl) Output 2013: 1,500 – 2,000 bbl
Projected bbl Output 2014: 2,500 bbl
Brewhouse size: 20 bbl
Owner(s): Paul Halayko & Christopher Basso & Charlie Benedetti
Head Brewer: Christopher Basso
Packaging: Kegs
Distribution: NY & Northern NJ

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Other things we learned:
* George Washington’s headquarters is right across the street; where the precursor to the modern day purple heart award was created, hence the purple heart in their logo
* Building built in around 1860; was originally a steam engine factory, sold to Newburgh Paper Box Company in 1920s
* Only on draft now, but hoping to do cans soon through a mobile unit
* Christopher and the assistant brewer, Sam, lived off of the Doppio for a week
* Have local, fresh, homemade, never frozen food
* There’s a restaurant opening nearby called Ralph & Dave’s that is going to have only Newburgh beers on tap
* Have five 20bbl fermenters, two 40bbl fermenters, a 40bbl brite and 20bbl brite

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(3) BEERS WE TASTED DURING OUR VISIT

* Cream Ale
* Paper Box
* Bitter English
* Amis D’hiver
* Doppio
* Brown Ale
* Sterk Aal Van Hoodie
* India Cream Ale
* Hop Drop Double IPA
* Sally’s Oyster Stout
* Peat Smoked Stout
* The Newburgh Conspiracy
* Complete listing of beers

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Other notes about their beer:

* Was 12 beers on tap during our visit; hasn’t been less than 12 on tap in about 6 months
* Try to have a new beer out every month
* 5 year-rounds: Cream Ale, Pale Ale, Brown Ale, Double IPA, ICA (India Cream Ale)
* Brewed over 27 different beers as of the time of our visit
* Cream, Brown, Pale, Double IPA, then ICA are the best sellers
* No full-on sours right now, but they’re going to bring some on this fall that have been aging in barrels over a year
* Have a coffee sour up their sleeve, which is a return of last year’s C.A.F.E. Sour (C.A.F.E. standing for “Coffee Acquired from Ethiopia,” as they use cold-brewed Yirgacheffe coffee from Plowshares Coffee Roasters)
* Brewing a beer with about 600 gal of maple sap instead of water
* Putting the Brown into whiskey barrels
* Oyster stout is the second runnings of the Imperial Stout – about a dozen oysters per barrel
* Squashtober uses pumpkins and butternut squash from a local farm they roasted themselves

(4) EXPANSION PLANS

* Could get up to 5,000bbl with the equipment they have, and could get to about 15,000bbl by adding equipment before they would have to move

(5) BACKGROUND OF PEOPLE WE SPOKE TO

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[Me, Christopher, Haggis, Paul]

Name: Christopher Basso
Title: Brewmaster, CEO
Been with company since: 2012
Previous Brewing Experience: Brooklyn Brewery for 6 1/2 years
Previous Occupation(s): Culinary school/ cooking
Favorite Superhero: Batman, because he uses his brain

Name: Paul Halayko
Title: President, COO
Been with company since: 2012
Previous Occupation(s): CPA, with Finance and Accounting degree
Favorite Superhero: Spiderman, because Peter Parker is his favorite alter-ego

(6) MORE LINKS ABOUT BREWERY

* Main Website
* Events
* Taproom Food Menu

(7) You can find the rest of our photos here

Author: Michael Roberts

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