1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

2nd Annual Black Fly Craft Beer-Making Camp

In keeping with our commitment to regional efforts that support ecologically- and economically-sustainable activities in and around the Adirondack Park, Great Camp Sagamore is pleased to be hosting the Second Annual Black Fly Adirondack Beer-Making Camp.

As a follow-up to last year's inaugural event, we have invited several local brewers to introduce participants to the art of craft beer brewing in and around the Adirondack region. Activities for this year's event will include sessions on:

-- pairing beers with appropriate foods
-- using locally-grown ingredients in the crafting of truly local brews
-- learning how to identify the qualities that make a really great beer great

Along the way, spend some time with friends old and new, enjoying the pleasures of late spring in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, while staying at Sagamore, a National Historic Landmark and one of the world's most important rustic wilderness retreats.

This year's event will begin with an optional Pairing Dinner cruise aboard the W.W. Durant on Raquette Lake. Hosts John Carr, owner of the Adirondack Pub & Brewery in Lake George, NY, and Culinary Institute-trained master chef Jim Pohl, will introduce guests to the art of pairing craft beers with specific foods and show you how to select dishes and design menus around the many wonderful varieties of beer being made in the North Country.

On Saturday morning and early afternoon, choose from a variety of workshops, seminars and presentations with our master brewers. No matter what your skill level or brewing experience is, you’ll find these seminars to be helpful and enlightening.

In the afternoon, we'll have a special beer-tasting evaluation for attendees who would like to bring a few bottles of their own home-brewed beer to be evaluated by professional judges and other home-brewers. Among the brewers on hand for the evaluation will be several regional brewers: Rich Michaels, master brewer and product development manager for Matt Brewing, makers of Saranac beers in Utica; Reed Antis, owner of the Saratoga Zymurgist in Saratoga Springs, NY; Matt and Carrie Whalen, owners of Good Nature Brewing in Hamilton, NY; and John Carr. Not so much a contest as an evaluation and discussion, the event will introduce beer-makers to the qualities that professional brewers look for in craft beers, and provide pointers to help aspiring brewers know what to shoot for in crafting their own home brews.

After the home brew evaluation and discussion, a few of our brewers will have a few of their specialty beers, each of which is brewed in and around the Adirondack region. Then, after a BBQ cookout on the shores of Sagamore Lake, we’ll all meet in Sagamore’s Playhouse, where we’ll have some live music and offer the mike to anyone who cares to share a song or two. Later, guests might want to head to Sagamore's campfire lean-to, to finish the stories, songs and music.

Cost of the event is $189 per Adult (note, due to the nature of this event, participants for this weekend must be at least 21 years old). Your registration fee includes a double-occupancy room for two nights, along with all meals and activities related to the weekend. Please add $45 for the Friday night Pairing Dinner cruise on Raquette Lake aboard the W.W. Durant.
Please contact us for more information or call Sagamore's Registrar to register: (315) 354-5311 x21

More: http://www.greatcampsagamore.org

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