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! 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.

1. Offer available at locations with Growler Stations (Price Choppers in Malta, Bethlehem, and Route 50 in Saratoga Springs, NY, Market 32s in Clifton Park and Wilton, NY and Market Bistro in Latham, NY.
Written by Sara Lilkas, Marketing Intern  Happy June everybody! Even though the official start of summer is not for a few more weeks we have been enjoying the warmer weather. Obviously the best way to take advantage of the great weather we’ve been having is to grill at every given opportunity. The only thing that makes a perfectly grilled steak taste better, is pairing it with a good beer. Check out the featured selections at the Growler station this month! Our friends from Magic Hat are back with their Art Hop Ale. The Art Hop Ale for 2016 is an imperial blonde ale featuring blood orange and sage. The Art Hop Ale features art on the label designed by Zelde Grimm who won a contest run by the non-profit SEABA. MagicHatLogoTry Magic Hat Art Hop Ale: Friday June 10th, 2016     Saturday June 11th, 2016     Next up is Switchback Brewing Co.  from Vermont. Switchback Brewing is no stranger to the Growler station. Make sure to stop by and try their pale ale if you have not already filled up your growler with this brew yet! Try Switchback Brewing Co. Pale Ale:interrobang-design-_switchback-brewing-co Friday June 17th, 2016     Saturday June 18th, 2016     Last, but not least for the month of June is Davidson Brother’s and their I-87 IPA. An American style IPA with 5 different hop varieties, the I-87 is a refreshing and drinkable brew. davidson brewingTry Davidson Brother’s I-87 IPA: Friday June 24th, 2016     Saturday June 25th, 2016 Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there! Please enjoy responsibly, see you next month! Written by Sara Lilkas, Marketing Intern  Happy American Craft Beer Week! Living in the Northeast, we are lucky that there are an increasing number of craft breweries that not only share their wide variety of flavors, but also open their doors to share the process of how the beer is made. Craft beer has grown in popularity in the past couple years. For those of you questioning what exactly makes a craft beer, here is a little bit of background on the term. The Brewer’s Association defines a craft beer as having small production (less than 6 million barrels per year), independent, and using traditional brewing methods. However it is often up to the one consuming the beer whether or not they consider it a craft offering. davidsonbroameribeerFINDavidson Brother’s Brewing Company from Glens Falls is one of the local breweries often featured at our six stores with Growler Stations (check out the May Tasting schedule here), and  to share their flavors with more of our customers, their American Bright Ale is one of the Summer Signature items. The American Bright Ale is Davidson Brother’s lightest beer, brewed with 100% American Ingredients. The light and refreshing American Bright Ale is available in 12-packs exclusively at Price Chopper, Market 32, and Market Bistro stores*. American Craft Beer Week 2016 runs from May 16-22 .Please enjoy responsibly.  
*Davidson Brother’s American Bright Ale is available in stores located in New York, Connecticut, and Vermont only.
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. Written by Sara Lilkas, Marketing Intern Get your growlers ready! The April tasting schedule features brewers from around the country and we will be featuring everything from fruity IPAs to tasty stouts.  First up is local favorite Davidson Brother’s Brewing Company with their IPA. The bestselling ale at the brewpub in Glens Falls, NY this medium bodied bitter beer, is has a dry finish and a hoppy aroma. Try Davidson Brother’s IPA Friday April 1st, 2016   Saturday April 2nd, 2016     Next up is a favorite out of Boston, Samuel Adams! They are getting you ready for summer, with a sampling of their Summer Ale! An American wheat ale with hints of lemon, it will get you primed for any summer barbeque! Try Samuel Adams Summer Ale:SamuelAdamsLogo-575 Friday April 8th, 2016     Saturday April 9th, 2016     There are many different methods of brewing beer, one method that seems to be increasing in popularity is, beer aged in bourbon barrels.  Which brings us to the next craft beer being featured in the month of April, Founder’s Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) which is aged in a bourbon barrel for a year before it makes its way to be bottled. An imperial stout with plenty of coffee and chocolate flavors the KBS is sure to please. Try Founder’s KBS: foundersFriday April 15th, 2016     Saturday April 16th, 2016     The fourth brewery being featured this month is The Brooklyn Brewery out of you guessed it Brooklyn, NY. The Brooklyn Brewery is featuring their Brooklyn Summer, an English Pale Ale that is light and refreshing. A summer ale that is light and refreshing that pairs great with seafood and salads! Try Brooklyn Summer Ale: Friday April 22nd, 2016     Saturday April 23rd, 2016     The last tasting for the month of is April 21st Amendment Brewery from San Francisco, CA with their Hell or High Watermelon Wheat. Brewed with real watermelon the Hell or High Watermelon Wheat is a crisp, dry, and refreshing summer ale. 21st Amendment Try 21st Amendment Brewery’s Hell or High Watermelon Wheat: Friday April 29th, 2016     Saturday April 30th, 2016     We hope you enjoy the April line-up and it gets you ready for a relaxing summer full of grilling! Please enjoy responsibly.   Written by Sara Lilkas, Marketing Intern   Spring is here! Well almost, but in only a few short weeks the first day of spring will be here (March 20th to be exact) and hopefully some warmer weather! Even though warmer weather is not guaranteed by a date on the calendar, spring seasonal craft beer is! The March lineup features four great breweries from New York State, featuring ingredients that are also produced in New York State. First up is Shmaltz Brewery from Clifton Park, NY. Their new seasonal Brewer’s Wanted is a pale ale made using malts and hops from New York State. The beer is exclusively sold in shmaltz-brewing-logothe state of New York and a portion of the sales goes towards training new brewers. Shmaltz has teamed up with Schenectady County Community College and the Greater Capital Region Work Force to create a training program for new brewers. But for now more about the beer! The Brewer’s Wanted Pale Ale is a crisp spring seasonal perfect for an early spring BBQ! Try Shmaltz Brewer’s Wanted: Saturday March 5th, 2016  Sunday March 6th, 2016 Next up is a new brew from Davidson Brother’s brewery from Glens Falls, NY. As part of davidson brewingtheir beer tour through the British Isles, they are stopping in Wales with their Welsh Braggot. Braggot’s are traditionally made from ale and honey and is a mix of a mead and what is considered an ale today. As a brand new brew to the Davidson lineup, stop by and try this new take on a very old brew (braggots date back to the 1500s!) Try Davidson Brother’s Welsh Braggot: Friday March 11th, 2016 Saturday March 12th, 2016 Adirondack Brewery is the next New York State brewery being featured in March. They will adkpublogobe featuring their new Peanut Butter Porter. A dark beer the combination of chocolate malts, coffee, and peanut butter makes for a delightfully delicious porter! Try Adirondack Brewery’s Peanut Butter Porter: Friday March 18th, 2016 Saturday March 19th, 2016 The last tasting of the month is an IPA collaboration between Olde Saratoga Brewing Co, Adirondack Brewery, and Death Wish Coffee. The brewers from both breweries worked together to create a unique blend of flavors taking the best flavors from their respective IPA’s and then adding Death Wish Coffee Beans to the mix! Try Olde Saratoga Brewing Co.’s Deathwish IPA:saratoga Friday March 25th, 2016 Saturday March 26th, 2016   We have had a last minute addition to the tasting schedule! Boulevard Brewing Co, from Kansas will be featuring The Calling. An IPA featuring topical fruit aromas and a dry finish, this IPA uses a variety of hops! Try Boulevard Brewing Co.’s The Calling: Friday March 25th, 2016 the calling ipaSaturday March 26th, 2016   Make sure you follow us on Twitter (@PriceChopper and @Market32byPC) to stay up to date on changes and additional tastings added to the schedule!   Written by Sara Lilkas, Marketing Intern  Happy New Year! We hope that everyone had a happy and safe New Year’s celebration and that you are looking forward to 2016 as much as we are here at Price Chopper and Market 32. As part of 2016 we will continue to have craft beer tastings every month at all of our locations with Growler Stations. This month features breweries that call the Greater Capitol Region home and even feature ingredients from other local businesses. Learn more about the breweries being featured this month below! First up in 2016 is Brown’s Brewing Company, featuring their Uncommon brownsPorter. The Uncommon Porter features a blend of different coffee flavors from local coffee shop Uncommon Grounds which is based out of Saratoga Springs, NY. One of my personal favorite brews from Brown’s, the Uncommon Porter features caramel, chocolate, and just a hint of vanilla. Try Brown’s Brewing Company Uncommon Porter: Friday January 8th, 2016 Saturday January 9th, 2016 Since it is the beginning of a new year it is only fitting that a new beer should be featured this month! New from Founders Brewing out of Grand foundersRapids, Michigan (they are the one exception to the local brewers featured this month!) is the Azacca IPA. As the name implies this beer is made with Azacca hops which are named for the Haitian God of Agriculture. Azacca hops feature citrus and tropical tones. Try Founders’ Azacca IPA: Friday January 15th, 2016 Saturday January 16th, 2016 Shmaltz Brewery from Clifton Park, NY is the next brewery being featured this month! A year-round offering, the Slingshot American Craft lager features a citrusy aroma and is a light straw color. Brewed in the style of an American Pale lager, it is brewed without any “cereal” elements such as rice or corn. Try Shmaltz Brewery’s Slingshot American Craft:shmaltz-brewing-logo Friday January 22nd, 2016 Saturday January 23rd, 2016 New from the Olde Saratoga Brewing Company is the PB&J stout. A twist saratogaon their classic Oatmeal Stout the PB&J stout, is in fused with peanut butter and raspberry jam! Try Olde Saratoga Brewing Company’s PB&J Stout: Thursday January 28th, 2016 Friday January 29th, 2016 Saturday January 30th, 2016 To finish up the first month of the New Year, Davidson Brothers Brewing Company will be sampling their Coffee Stout. Featuring a caramel, chocolate, and coffee aromas, the Coffee Stout is a lighter and tasty stout. davidson brewingFor those who usually only drink lighter colored beers, don’t let the dark color of this brew fool you, the Coffee Stout is the perfect introduction to darker beers. Try Davidson Brothers’ Coffee Stout: Saturday January 30th, 2016 Sunday January 31st, 2016   Follow us on Twitter @PriceChopper and @market32bypc for updates and changes to the schedule. Please enjoy responsibly! Written by Sara Lilkas, Marketing Intern December is here and I’m honestly not quite sure where this past year went. All I know is that since the holiday season is here with all the merry cheer and holiday beer I’ve never been more ready for December!  Get your growlers ready the tasting events this month are sure to get you into the holiday spirit! First up is the Hop Hunter IPA by Sierra Nevada. Sierra Nevada has developed a unique method to gather pure hop oil which makes for a Sierra-Nevada-Logo1uniquely aromatic beer. The Hop Hunter Sierra Nevada pairs nicely with wood-grilled salmon (stop by the seafood department after you’ve filled up your growler to check out our signature salmon options! ) Try Sierra Nevada’s Hop Hunter IPA: December 4th, 2015 December 5th, 2015 Just in time for the last few nights of Hanukkah the Shmaltz Brewery shmaltz-brewing-logofrom Clifton Park will be featuring their Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass the Beer. Bring home a growler of this dark ale to pair with your latkes! Happy Hanukkah! Try Shmaltz Brewery’s Hanukkah, Chanukah: December 10th, 2015 from 4-6pm at Market 32 in Clifton Park, NY. December 11th, 2015 from 4-6pm at Market Bistro in Latham, NY. December 12th, 2015 Now that the schedule is moving into mid-December hopefully the weather hasn’t gotten too cold and all of your holiday shopping is done. If davidson brewingit isn’t and you need a shopping break. I suggest stopping in for the Davidson Winter Ale tasting. Davidson Brother’s is a brewpub out of Glens Falls, NY and is family owned and operated. Try Davidson Brother’s Winter Ale: December 18th, 2015 December 20th, 2015 The tastings at Market Bistro and Market 32 in Clifton Park will be extra special today! Both tastings will feature a Barbershop Quartet singing Christmas Carols! One of my personal favorites will be featured the week leading up to Christmas. Straight from Cooperstown, NY Ommegang’s Three brewery-ommegang-85412382Philosophers will be featured in tastings for three days. Three Philosophers is a unique beer that actually ages in a way similar to wine when stored correctly.  Featuring a mix of Belgian-style dark ale and cherry ale, Three Philosophers is known for its sweetness making it the perfect brew to serve with desserts. Try Ommegang’s Three Philosophers: December 22nd, 2015 December 23rd, 2015 December 24th, 2015 A seasonal beer tasting wouldn’t be complete without the current seasonal offering from Samuel Adams. Brewed with cinnamon, ginger, and orange peel, the Winter Lager is a holiday season staple. Try Samuel Adams Winter Lager: SamuelAdamsLogo-575December 19th, 2015 December 31st, 2015 Last up for the month of December is Brown’s Brewing Company out of Troy, NY. Their Oatmeal Stout is a staple at the brewpub located in downtown Troy and has even won a gold medal at the World Beer Cup! Try Brown’s Brewing Company Oatmeal Stout:browns December 29th, 2015 December 31st, 2015 As always let us know what your favorite brews were this month in the comments below! Please enjoy responsibly.