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Saranac Hop Harvest 2012

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The sun feels hot on my back as the sticky bines cling to my fingers. It’s calm and meditative work, picking hops by hand, no doubt very much the way it was done years ago, when these heirloom varieties were first harvested.  Fresh resinous smells waft up towards my face, as I watch the hop cones drop into the basket in front of me, one by one. I look around at smiling faces, long tables lined with volunteers, all happy to be a part of the harvest.

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TAP NY 2012 – the Saga Continues…

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Sunday morning started early.  We had forgotten to close the curtains in the hotel room so we were up with the sun and ready for another round… after a few Advil and a cup of coffee of course.  Breakfast was our first order of business.  After stopping at 4 ATMs we finally found one with cash and were able to procure a couple of bagel sandwiches and some iced coffee. (Pro Tip: Mountain Bagels & Cafe doesn’t take plastic.)  From there it was back to the Forrester to await the arrival of the other brew crew members that were joining us for day two.

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TAP NY 2012 – Day One

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We woke much earlier than normal for a Saturday, anxious for the long awaited journey that lie ahead.  Bleary eyed and in desperate need of coffee, we loaded “Blue” (our trusty pickup truck) with two days provisions and hit the road…  We arrived in Hunter, NY just before noon and checked into our room at the Forrester Lodge.  From there it was just a short walk (score!) to our final destination — the TAP New York Craft Beer & Fine Food Festival.

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