Andrew Cuomo wants you to support New York State's craft brewers. However, the governor apparently doesn't know enough about the topic to mention any of the greater Capital Region brewers in a lengthy press release issued Monday in his name.
The press release says Cuomo is encouraging ...
" ... New Yorkers to 'Taste NY' as a great way to experience the craft beers of over 100 breweries that make up the ever growing craft beer industry in New York. The New York State Brewers Association provides a user-friendly brewers map of New York and a list of breweries as well as a calendar of craft beer events. USA Today recently ranked New York 8th on its 'Top Ten Best Craft Brew States in America' list.
"There is no doubt that New York State's craft beer industry is flourishing and growing to produce some of the best brews enjoyed around the country and even worldwide," Governor Cuomo said. "With over 100 craft breweries in communities across the state, there is a wide variety of opportunities to experience Taste NY. Craft breweries are a significant sector in our agricultural and tourism industries, and when they do well, our economy does well. I encourage New Yorkers to sample all of what our craft brewers have to offer."
The promotional document goes on to mention breweries by geographic distribution. It lists Central New York, Western New York, the Mohawk Valley, the Finger Lakes, Long Island, even the Adirondacks.
What it does not list -- and, in fact, does not even recognize it as an area -- is the large number of craft breweries in the greater Capital Region of his state. In other words, Albany and environs. Albany, as in where his office is located, steps from the Governor's Mansion.
They are the likes of Brown's Brewing Co. in Troy, C.H. Evans in Albany, Chatham Brewing in Columbia County, Druthers and Olde Saratoga Brewery in Saratoga Springs, Crossroads Brewing in Athens, Greene County, the Shmaltz Brewery in Clifton Park, the Bly Hollow Brewery (The Beer Diviner) in Cherry Plain, Rensselaer County, Mad Jack Brewing at the Van Dyck in Schenectady, the in-development Ranevs Head Brewery in Cohoes ... perhaps even a few more that don't immediately come to mind.
That concentration of craft beweries is one reason I wrote "<a href="http://blog.timesunion.com/dowdondrinks/a-modest-proposal-for-a-capital-... Modest Proposal for a Capital Brewing Trail</a>" back in March.
Since the Office of the Governor isn't up to the task, perhaps our esteemed brewers should take matters in their own hands.