The event, scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 20, in the Shmaltz tasting room, will feature dozens of different IPAs. The other brewers are Adirondack Pub & Brewery, Cooperstown Brewing, Davidson Brothers, Empire Brewing, Greenport Harbor Brewing, Keegan Ales, Mean Max Brew Works, and Saratoga Thoroughbrews.
The event also will be the scene of the national release for Shmaltz’s Hop Orgy variety 12-pack filled with Hop Manna IPA (Gold Medal, World Beer Championships), Hop Momma IPA (Gold Medal, World Beer Championships), Hop Mania Imperial IPA (Silver Medal, World Beer Championships), and the brand new Hop Orgy IPA.
Richie Saunders, Shmaltz’s head brewer, will lead an IPA educational seminar called "Do You Know Your IPA?" highlighting the differences in hops for IPAs, double IPAs, and triple IPAs. He also will run a blindfolded tasting and smelling of hops.
Tickets, priced at $25, are available online. They cover a tasting glass, six drink tokens that can be used with guest breweries, discounts on beer to go and Shmaltz merchandise.
Shmaltz is located at 6 Fairchild Square in Clifton Park. Phone: 406-5430.
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