Contact: Dietrich Gehring, Indian Ladder Farms (518) 577-1484
First Beer Brewed With All New York State Grown Ingredients--Now On Tap in Albany
C. H. Evans Brewing Company at the Albany Pump Station has brewed a beer made entirely with hops and barley grown on Indian Ladder Farms. The beer, called, ILF IPA is on tap at the Albany Pump Station this week. Beer aficionados are encouraged to gather at the Albany Pump Station on Thursday December 4th at 5:00 pm to show their support for this local product.
“This excellent hoppy beer shows what New York State brewers and growers can do when they get together,” said Dietrich Gehring, who grew the hops and barley on Indian Ladder Farms, in Altamont, New York. Gehring provided the brewery with 500 pounds of malted barley and 25 pounds of hops, including a local heirloom variety called the Heritage Helderberg Hop, which was discovered growing wild on an old farm in Albany County’s Hilltown region and is now being propagated by Gehring. The barley was even malted in New York at Farmhouse Malt in Newark Valley.
Gehring and his wife, Laura Ten Eyck grow hops and barley on Indian Ladder Farms, which belongs to the Ten Eyck Family. They were encouraged in their effort by New York State’s recently adopted Farm Brewery Law. This law, introduced by Governor Andrew Cuomo, encourages the production of beer brewed with ingredients grown in New York State.
Gehring is currently building a new business in association with his wife’s family farm called the Indian Ladder Farmstead Brewery and Cidery. While the new business applies for licensing, Gehring is working with C. H. Evans Brewing Company in Albany, and Other Half Brewing Company in Brooklyn to produce beer made with hops and barley grown on Indian Ladder Farms.