blog_post_Paradox Our February home.grown. Brewer of the Month: Paradox Brewery! We love all things local, and one of our favorite sectors of local food is local beer. There are so many different brews, flavors, and styles, and so many stories to tell! That’s why we’re embarking on a new home.grown. adventure: to bring you fresh craft beer stories each month from our Northeast region; the best region in the United States if you ask us! Up next: Paradox Brewery! This February, or should we say “Febrewary,” we’re highlighting Paradox Brewery. Located on Route 9 in Schroon Lake, Paradox is the home of Pure Adirondack Craft Beer. The brewery was founded in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains and they pride themselves on creating pure, authentic brews with all the tastes and feelings of the area.  If you ask the team over at Paradox, they’ll tell you their foundation is the water they use; it can only be found 600 feet below the Adirondack Park. Water so pure it needs no filtering or treatment before being brewed! ParadoxBeer The beginnings of Paradox date back 30 years to when President and Founder Paul Mrocka fell in love with brewing while stationed in Germany as an Army Pilot. Mrocka began brewing for family and friends around Paradox Lake, and those lucky enough to know where to go on the lake could go share a beer with him. Mrocka became fairly well-known for his beer and in 2013 eventually received enough encouragement to open the brewery in Schroon Lake. When following the Paradox Brewery Beer Trail you will find a wide variety of unique, and tasty Adirondack Beers. Check out their core beer selection including Paradox Pilsner, a crisp and highly-drinkable cross between a Czech and German style lager. Also, definitely don’t forget their Off Trail Series, where Paradox enjoys trying new ingredients and different ideas. Off Trail brews include American Wheat, a beer full of wheat, with esters from their house yeast blend, white wine, and a hint of lemon character. American Wheat brings lots of hop flavors and aromatics. Paradox also offers a menu full of seasonal brews and bottle releases. Interested in trying some Paradox Brewery brews? Check out our in-store tasting schedule below to sample Paradox Brewery’s craft beer, take home some brewery swag and more. Saturday 2/3, 11am – 2pm at our Lake Placid Price Chopper Saturday 2/9, 11am – 2pm at our Malta Price Chopper Saturday 2/16, 11am – 2pm at our Wilton Market 32 Saturday 2/23, 11am – 2pm at our Amsterdam Market 32 Interested in visiting the brewery? Make the most of everything Paradox Brewery has to offer! Visit paradoxbrewery.com for taproom hours and menu, get info on brewery tours and more. Brewery & Taproom Address: 154 Route 9 Schroon Lake, NY 12870 blog_post_Ommegang We love all things local, and one of our favorite sectors of local food is local beer. There are so many different brews, flavors, and styles, and so many stories to tell! That’s why we’re embarking on a new home.grown. adventure: to bring you fresh craft beer stories each month from our Northeast region; the best region in the United States if you ask us! Up next: Brewery Ommegang! Ommegang_VC_Brewery Looking for tasty Belgian-Style brewing in the beautiful Northeast? Look no further than Brewery Ommegang, located in Cooperstown, NY. Ommegang began creating these Belgian brews back in 1997, in a building that was built to replicate a Belgian farmhouse. The brewery has grown rapidly since its early days: In 2005 they were struggling to meet demand, so they added 40% more to their production capacity over the next year. These days, the brewery distributes its beer to 46 states, including Alaska and Hawaii, plus the District of Columbia. They also export to Canada, Mexico, the US Virgin Islands, and recently France! Ommegang_08_16_18_studio shoot-7-EditOmmegang provides a unique variety of thirst-quenching ales, including their Game of Thrones series of beers, paying homage to the Emmy Award-Winning Show. The latest in this series is Bend the Knee, a golden ale with a frothy head. It mixes maltiness and citrus flavor, and finishes strong with a firm bitterness from hops. They also offer a range of other ales from dry-hopped pale ales to refreshing wheat ales and everything in between! Interested in trying some Ommegang brews? Rare_Vos_1 Check out our in-store tasting schedule below to sample Brewery Ommegang’s craft beer, take home some brewery swag and more. Saturday 1/5, 11am – 2pm at our Cooperstown Price Chopper Saturday 1/12, 11am – 2pm at our Wilton Market 32 Saturday 1/19, 11am – 2pm at our Johnstown Price Chopper Saturday 1/26, 11am – 2pm at our Clifton Shoppers World Market 32 Tune in next month for our February Brewer of the Month! blog_postStonyCreekOur December home.grown. Brewer of the Month: Stony Creek Brewery! We love all things local, and one of our favorite sectors of local food is local beer. There are so many different brews, flavors, and styles, and so many stories to tell! That’s why we’re embarking on a new home.grown. adventure: to bring you fresh craft beer stories each month from our Northeast region; the best region in the United State if you ask us! Next up to the plate: Stony Creek Brewery! The pride of Branford, CT, Stony Creek Brewery was rebranded by co-founder Ed Stony Joe Event GuestsCrowley in 2015. Prior to the rebranding, Stony Creek was a small-scale contract-produced craft brand, mainly known for their IPAs named after Connecticut’s two area codes, 203 and 860. Stony Creek became much bigger after their rebrand, which launched in February 2015, and they opened up their first brewery right along the Branford River. The brewery’s 30,000 square foot size makes it the second largest brewing facility and taproom in the state of Connecticut. One of its unique features is a 2,500 square foot tasting room with 23-ounce glass mugs hanging on the wall behind the bar as part of the brewery’s Mug Club. The “Mug Club” is a way of giving back to devoted customers by giving them “their own little piece of the creek,” according to Ed Crowley Jr! Stony Tap PicWe’re proud to team up with the great people over at Stony Creek and we look forward to showcasing their crafty creations, today and in the future. Interested in trying some Stony Creek brews? Check out our in-store tasting schedule below to sample Stony Creek’s craft beer, take home some brewery swag and more. Saturday 12/1, 12pm – 3pm at our Bethlehem Price Chopper Friday 12/7, 5pm – 8pm at our Wilton Market 32 Friday 12/21, 5pm – 8pm at our Clifton Shopper’s World Market 32 Saturday 12/22, 12pm – 3pm at our Malta Price Chopper Saturday 12/29, 12 pm – 3pm at our Market Bistro (Latham) Interested in visiting the brewery? Make the most of everything Stony Creek Brewery has to offer! Visit stonycreekbeer.com for taproom hours and menu, get info on brewery tours and more. Brewery & Taproom Address: 5 Indian Neck Avenue, Branford, CT 06405 Brewery beer garden - High Res.png Happy Hour Just Got a lot Closer! craft_beer It’s American Craft Beer Week and we’re celebrating! We’re proud to team up with local craft brewers in each of our Northeast states, bringing some of the best regional tastes to our stores.  Thanks to their continuous hard work and brewing efforts, this exciting week can be celebrated the right way: at home in the Northeast. Happy Hour just got a lot closer! Check out some of our featured local brewers below.   Genesee Brewery, Rochester NY  genesee We’ve been teaming up with the folks at the Genesee Brewery for over 40 years! Located in Rochester, NY, Genesee Brewery was founded in 1878 and has since become one of the largest and oldest continually operating breweries in the country. Genesee Beer is brewed with six-row barley, malt, corn grits, and hops from the Yakima Valley. They offer classic varieties such as Genesee Cream Ale, Genesee Light, and the newly introduced Genesee Ruby Red Kolsch.   Susquehanna Brewing Company, Pittston PA susquehanna Located in Pittston, PA, at Susquehanna they live and work by the slogan “Brewed Right,” pointing out their drive to make delicious beer, the correct way for their Northeast Pennsylvania customers. If you’re ever in the Scranton area, pull up a seat at the brew house tasting room to sip some Pennsylvania beer while it’s being brewed in front of you!   Woodstock Inn Brewery, North Woodstock NH woodstock inn North Woodstock, NH is home to one of the premier breweries in the state: The Woodstock Inn Brewery. Woodstock Inn was the third brewery to open in New Hampshire, and since then has grown into a 37-barrel production facility, home to two dozen year-round and seasonal brews.  Raspberry Weasel Wheat Ale and Last Chair Ale are just a couple of the many delicious options that Woodstock has available for the season.   Two Roads Brewing Company, Stratford CT two roads brewing tworoadsbrewing Two Roads was created by four friends who made it their goal to start a craft brewery. Located in Stratford, CT, Two Roads focuses on putting unique spins on classic beer styles, striving to make each taste their very own. Paste Magazine named the brewery one of the ten best in America. Not to mention, their beer has won many awards of its own, including their Belgian Style Lambic Ale at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival!   Druthers Brewing Company, Saratoga Springs NY   druthers druthersbarDruthers Brewery was assembled in 2012 and has quickly become a popular destination in Saratoga Springs, NY. The brewery contains a 10 barrel brewing system that supplies the beer. Druthers offers an ever-changing and updating beer menu, however, their seasonal brews are always a hit. For this time of year, try Brevity Wit, a Belgian-style wheat beer spiced with sweet orange peel and coriander. Made with 40% wheat, the flavor is fruity, light, and refreshing for thewarm weather.   Berkshire Brewing Company, South Deerfield MA logo-footer Berkshire Brewing Company was founded in 1994 in South Deerfield, MA. Their goal was to continue the tradition of high quality craft beer in the region, something they have definitely accomplished. See for yourself by trying their classic beers like Drayman’s Porter, a sweet, dark-ruby brown ale with hints of chocolate malt and mocha, topped off by a hop bitterness. Or drink for the season with a Gold Spike Ale, a pale golden ale with a crisp, clean malt flavor, perfect for the transition from spring to summer.   von Trapp Brewery, Stowe VT von trapp Inspired by brews from the Austrian countryside, von Trapp Brewery in Stowe, VT, puts an American twist on these mouth-watering tastes. Opened in the spring of 2010, von Trapp now brews approximately 50,000 gallons of beer each year, available year round and seasonally. Bohemian Pilsner, a two-time award winning beverage, has a spicy citrus flavor, combined with a dry, peppery finish. Also available, Kolsch Style, an ideal summer ale that experiments with German hops to create an enjoyable, hoppy adventure.   Enjoy American Craft Beer Week and celebrate our local brewers with us! We love bringing these tastes to our stores and hope to continue working with these partners for the long haul. In the meantime, remember to enjoy responsibly. Cheers!   We had fun following the Genesee Brewery beer tanks as they traveled along the Erie Canal, passing through our canal town stores in New York! team collage gbTeammates from our Main Office watched the tanks leave lock 8 in Rotterdam to kick off our tracking, and then Amsterdam, Palatine Bridge, Little Falls, North Utica, Rome and Clay store teammates visited their local lock to #toastthetanks as they headed towards their Rochester destination.  Folks in canal-side communities from Albany to Rochester have flocked to their nearby lock to toast the massive tanks, snapping photos with Genny brew in hand and celebrating one of New York State’s most historic transportation systems. Drone users joined in on the action too: check out this cool video of the tanks floating through Fort Hunter, shared with us by Doug J. who shops at our Amsterdam store! After a long journey across the state traveling at about 5 miles per hour, the barges will finally reach their permanent home at the Genesee Brewery this week. It’s been an exciting journey to follow! Cheers to our friends at Genesee, New York’s oldest brewery, and the Erie Canal, which first opened almost 200 years ago in 1825! To take a look back at some of the action, follow us on Instagram @pricechopper. gb barge       As winter has come to an end, and we are finally able to escape our homes and hideouts for some sunshine and fun, Price Chopper would like to kick off the warm weather by inviting you to join us at the Growler station. There’s lots of fun to be had this time of year, why not let your taste buds in on it too? Growler_1200x628 Join us for a tasting of the following beers to bring home with you this spring!   May 12th  & May 13th magic hatFar from your average IPA, Big Hundo is an Imperial IPA filled with hops for the ultimate taste of bitterness! Topped off with a heady aroma and dark golden body Big Hundo is the perfect way to hop into your weekend! Sample and enjoy this beer at our Growler Stations the following days:   founders logoFounders Rübæus is a Fruit/Vegetable beer known for its unique raspberry taste guaranteed to bring flavor! The use of fresh raspberries at all stages of the brewing process make this beer a necessity for the upcoming spring months! Sample and enjoy this beer at our Growler Stations the following days:   May 19th & May 20th paradox breweryParadox Beaver Bite IPA brings the perfect blend of malt and hops creating this tasty Northeast Style IPA. Brewed by Paradox Brewing Company in Schroon Lake, NY Beaver Bite provides a close to home option with a bit of pine character. Sample and enjoy this beer at our Growler Stations the following days:   May 26th & May 27th St Lawrence Brewing logoEffortless Grapefruit IPA, appropriately named for the drinking experience it provides, comes from the Saint Lawrence Brewing Company. Effortless Grapefruit IPA is a smooth, hoppy beer combined with a natural grapefruit taste making it the ideal spring time refreshment! Come and sample this beer on the following days at our Growler Stations:   Cheers. As always, please enjoy responsibly! — Written by Jon Waiksnoris, Marketing Intern This upcoming Sunday, enjoy some of the best party-ready recipes out there! Beer is always a fan favorite, no matter what team you’re rooting for!  In addition to the familiar brand name beers, craft beers have become increasingly popular, and are certainly delicious! Here are some tips to match with the food being served at your party. Principles of Matching Beer with Food Beer and WingsServing Suggestions and Beer Pairings   By Morgan Valachovic & Sarah Palmer As December’s craziness begins to trickle down, we gather with family, friends and pets to remain warm, as we get “snowed in” with abundances of food & drink! With just a couple weekends left in 2016, we invite you to close the year with us at the Growler station. After all, our hearts are filled to the brim, why shouldn’t our glasses be? Join us for a tasting of the following beers to bring home with you this holiday season! Oh and check out this week’s ad for a $5 OFF coupon, good for any New or Refill at the Growler Station. December 22nd & December 23rd  brewery-ommegang-85412382Ommegang Rare Vos is a Belgian style Amber Ale that is brewed with sweet orange peel and grains of paradise to give you a mellow and spicy taste! Ommegang Brewery is based out of Cooperstown NY, not far from one our Price Chopper locations! Sample and enjoy this beer at our Growler Stations the following days: December 29th & December 30th geneseeGenesee Brewhouse Black IPA  is noted for its notes of caramel with a combination of roasted and black malts. Its bitterness is balanced with hops from East Kent. With its dessert notes, it is guaranteed to add some warmth to a cold winter evening! Come and sample this beer on the following days at our Growler Stations: Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year! Cheers. As always, please enjoy responsibly!         Written by Sara Lilkas, Marketing Intern  I cannot believe that it is already July! The year has been flying by and it’s already time to make plans for the 4th! (Check out our community calendar to find fireworks shows near you!) No matter how grand your 4th of July celebration may be, there’s plenty of time to have backyard barbeques and enjoy the summer weather. So you don’t have to stress about the drink menu at your backyard bash, we have an awesome line up of craft beers being featured at the Growler Station! Make sure to check the weekly flyer on July 3rd for exclusive savings on your growler refill!1 First up from the Adirondack Brewery is their Tangerine Dream. The Tangerine Dream is brewed with tangerine peel and wheat for body, it is a fruity pale ale that is perfect for hot summer days! Try Adirondack Brewery Tangerine Dream:adkpublogo Thursday June 30th     Friday July 1st     To help kick off your 4th of July celebration Samuel Adams is back on tap with their Summer Ale. A popular American Wheat ale, the Samuel Adams Summer Ale is light, refreshing, and features hints of lemon. Try Samuel Adams Summer Ale: SamuelAdamsLogo-575Saturday July 2nd     Sunday July 3rd Next on the list is Shmaltz Brewing Company. If you enjoy hoppy beers the Shmaltz Wishbone tasting is for you. Wishbone is a Session Double IPA, brewed specifically to feature the hops citrusy and tropical tones, it also is 8% alc. by vol. Try Shamltz Wishbone Session Double IPA:shmaltz-brewing-logo Friday July 7th Saturday July 8th Brown’s Brewing Company is the next brewery to be featured at the Growler Station and they are featuring one of my personal favorites, their Hefeweizen. A hearty wheat beer, with a hazy golden color, this refreshing beer is true to its Bavarian roots. brownsTry Browns’ Hefeweizen: Friday July 14th     Saturday July 15th     Next from Ommegang Brewery is their Hopstate NY. Hopstate NY is an American Pale Ale brewed exclusively with hops grown in New York State. The Hopstate NY features citrusy undertones and has a moderate bitterness. Try Ommegang’s Hopstate NY:brewery-ommegang-85412382 Friday July 22nd     Saturday July 23rd     The final tasting of July features the Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery. The Brooklyn Lager uses  a “Vienna” style, but also features dry hopping, a technique that is most widely used in Britain, for a uniquely American style lager. Brooklyn-Brewery-Company-LogoTry Brooklyn Lager: Friday July 29th Saturday July 30th Everyone have a safe and happy 4th of July! Please enjoy responsibly.

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Written by Sara Lilkas, Marketing Intern  May has always been my favorite month. It always felt like the true start of spring, with typically warmer days, but since we live in the Northeast there is always the chance it may snow. May is the end of the spring semester for college students and then there’s the unofficial kick off to summer with Memorial Day Weekend. To help get you in the mood for summertime we have a great line up of craft beers to try at the Growler Station, including a debut from New Belgium brewery! davidson brewingFirst up in the month of May is a Capital Region favorite Davidson Brewery featuring their American Bright Ale. A light and refreshing beer perfect for a hot summer day (or a nice day in May!) Try Davidson Brewery’s American Bright Ale: Friday May 6th, 2016 Saturday May 7th, 2016 To continue the theme of getting you ready for summer, Samuel Adams will be featuring their Summer Ale.  A popular American Wheat ale, the Samuel Adams Summer Ale is light, refreshing, and features hints of lemon.SamuelAdamsLogo-575 Try Samuel Adam’s Summer Ale: Friday May 13th, 2016 Saturday May 14th, 2016 For the third tasting in May we once again will be featuring Samuel Adams brewery. Instead of the Summer Ale, we will be featuring their Rebel IPA. Part of their line of west-coast style IPAs, the Rebel IPA is a complex beer featuring a variety of hops while maintaining a malty sweetness. Try Samuel Adam’s Rebel IPA: Friday May 20th, 2016 Saturday May 21st, 2016 To help you kick off your Memorial Day weekend we have a Growler Station debut! We will be featuring two beers by New Belgium brewery from Colorado! With their recent expansion to Asheville, NC, they’ve expanded their beer production and distribution to the Eastern United States. For their first tasting at the Growler Station we will be featuring their flagship Fat Tire, an amber ale and one of my personal favorites, as well as their summer seasonal, The Heavy Melon. The Fat Tire is a medium bodied Amber Ale. Featuring a balance of flavors between the bitter hops and malty sweetness. New Belgium’s summer seasonal Heavy Melon is a watermelon lime ale featuring crisp fruity flavors and just a hint of bitterness. Try New Belgium’s Fat Tire and Heavy Melon:New_Belgium_Brewing_Company_logo Thursday May 26th, 2016 Friday May 27th, 2016 Saturday May 28th, 2016  Everyone have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend! Please enjoy responsibly.