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Carlo DeVito is a long time wine lover, and author of books and magazine articles. He is the author of Wineries of the East Coast. He has traveled to wine regions in California, Canada, up and down the east coast, France, Spain and Chile. He has been a published executive for more than 20 years. He shepherded the wine book program of Wine Spectator as well as worked with Kevin Zraly, Oz Clarke, Matt Kramer, Tom Stevenson, Evan Dawson, Greg Moore, Howard Goldberg, and many other wine writers. He has also published Salvatore Calabrese, Jim Meehan, Clay Risen, and Paul Knorr. Mr. DeVito is the inventor of the mini-kit which has sold more than 100,000,000 copies world wide. He has also publisher such writers as Stephen Hawking, E. O Wilson, Philip Caputo, Gilbert King, James McPherson, John and Mary Gribbin, Thomas Hoving, David Margolick, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., John Edgar Wideman, Stanley Crouch, Dan Rather, Dee Brown, Susie Bright, and Eleanor Clift. He is also the owner of Hudson-Chatham Winery, co-founder of the Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail, and president of the Hudson Valley Wine Country.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Albany Business Review: Cidery and Brewery Planned In Altamont

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 7:14am EST
Cidery and brewery planned in Altamont
Albany Business Review
Barley and hops for craft beer are being harvested alongside the apples growing at Indian Ladder Farm, as a cidery and brewery takes root at the farm in Altamont, New York.

Indian Ladder Farmstead Brewery and Cidery is not yet licensed to produce and sell alcohol. The company is working with craft breweries, including the brewery based at Albany Pump Station, to bring the ingredients grown at Indian Ladder Farm into restaurants and bars.

Dietrich Gehring, one of the owners of Indian Ladder Farmstead Brewery and Cidery, planted five acres of barley about four years ago and added an acre of hops after one year. Gehring is in the midst of the state and federal licensing process to produce and sell hard cider and beer. He expects to get those licenses by March 2015. In the meantime, he is working with other brewing companies to get his ingredients into customer's hands.

"After a large learning curve of learning to grow hops and barely, we were able to get ingredients to a couple of breweries and have them make some beer not under our name, but using our ingredients," Gehring says.

C.H. Evans Brewing Company, at Albany Pump Station, is brewing a beer using 500 pounds of malted barley and 25 pounds of hops from Indian Ladder Farmstead Brewery and Cidery. That amount of hops and barley will yield about 30 kegs of beer, Gehring says.

He is also working with Other Half Brewing Company in Brooklyn.

Indian Ladder Farmstead Brewery and Cidery is owned by Gehring, Laura Ten Eyck and Stuart Williams. The brewery and cidery operates at the Indian Ladder Farms, but is a separate entity from the apple orchard and farm. Ten Eyck's family owns the farm. The team behind Indian Ladder Farmstead Brewery and Cidery invested about $100,000 to lease space and purchase equipment.
Craft beer, cider and spirits are growing in popularity. The number of breweries, cideries and wineries in New York state has doubled over the past three years. A few local examples from 2014: Alejandro del Peral opened Nine Pin Cider, a craft cidery and tasting room, in the Albany warehouse district; the Rare Form Brewing Company opened in downtown Troy; and Saratoga Courage Distillery started distributing its vodka with DeCrescente Distributing Co.

Nationally, production of local beer was up 18 percent in the first half of 2014.

Gehring says the impetus to start the cidery and brewery came after New York state passed a farm brewery law in 2012 that encouraged brewers who use New York state ingredients to receive a tax credit.

"We just thought what we would do was have a niche here in that everything would come off of this farm," he says.

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