Cornell Cooperative Extension Helps Breweries And Cideries Hone Their Craft

The Finger Lakes region in upstate New York is home to a vibrant community of craft breweries and cideries. Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) works to enhance this sector’s productivity and has joined forces with industry leaders to provide  resources for the area’s brewers, malters, and grain growers.

With CCE’s help, the Finger Lake’s region has gotten advice on avoiding potential pitfalls, the growing basics and cidery set up,  legal and supply chain analysis, and more.

This research and advice were on display at the second annual Finger Lakes Craft Beverage Conference hosted by CCE of Seneca County in Seneca, New York.

Noel McCarthy, a resident from the area and home brewer who attended the conference, stated: “I heard from brewers, grain growers, and educators, and all the other kinds of people in the industry about trends and best practices they see across the state, it’s given me a better sense of how everything fits together.”

The research and shared expertise promoted a collaborative culture between attendees and speakers. It had a personal feel as educators, growers, and scientists shared their stories and experiences with participants, and provided good insight for those in the industry.

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