Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Kelsey Grammer joining ranks of NYS craft brewers

Well, why not? Everyone else is.

Kelsey Grammer
Veteran actor Kelsey Grammer is joining the ranks of New York State craft brewers with a farm brewery in a barn near Margaretville, Delaware County.

The star of the TV comedy series "Cheers" and "Frasier," the HBO drama "Boss" and other TV and film vehicles is behind setting up shop on an old farm he used to visit as a child and purchased about 25 years ago. It's called the Faith American Brewing Company, named after his youngest daughter, Faith Evangeline Elisa.

If this news seems familiar, it could be because Paul Leone, executive director of the New York State Brewers Association, posted a photo with Grammer to his social media accounts last year saying Grammer planned to start a brewery near Margaretville, a village on the northern edge of the Catskill Park. However, those posts were quickly removed and the topic went cold until Grammer this week confirmed his venture during an appearance on the TV chat show "Live with Kelly and Ryan."

“It’s very hard because it’s in a watershed," Grammer said, " so you have to do a lot of stuff for water treatment, waste disposal, all that stuff. And, it’s important, so we’re doing that, so it’s taking a little while. We’ve actually started the beer first, which will be released in a little while: Faith American Ale.”

Grammer did not mention any release dates, although he said he conducted a private tasting of the ale last weekend, and no opening date has been announced.

• Go here to visit the Capital Region Brew Trail
• Go here to visit Dowd On Drinks
• Go here to visit Dowd's New York Wines Notebook

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