The Capital Craft Beverage Trail Passport program returns for 2019 Season

John Curtin, president of the Capital Craft Beverage Trail and members of the CCBT at Great Flats Brewing in Schenectady

ALBANY, N.Y. (Feb. 26, 2019) — The 2019 Capital Craft Beverage Trail (CCBT) Passport program is now available and will allow Capital Region residents to enjoy more craft beverage producers. Since the success of the 2018 CCBT Passports, the number of producers offering fun, educational, and rewarding experiences through the program has doubled.

Those with 2018 CCBT Passports will have until March 8 to redeem their prizes. New passports are free of charge and are available at any of the producer member locations, and the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center. The members of this program produce fermented and distilled beverages from Warren, Saratoga, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Albany, Columbia, Washington, and Greene counties.

“The results of last year’s program were spectacular and this year, we expect no less. The CCBT Passport program celebrates craft beverage producers throughout the Capital Region by encouraging unique drinking tours, and that is what makes this program so worthwhile for both producers and residents” said John Curtin, president of the Capital Craft Beverage Trail.

“Capital Craft Beverage Trail has done a tremendous job of uniting our eight-county region. This program promotes local businesses in the craft beverage industry and tourism of the Capital Region, and we are grateful for CCBT’s role in Albany’s economic development” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan.

“Schenectady’s economic renaissance could not have been possible without strong regional collaboration and community partnerships. This creative program is a great way to support a booming industry and continue to drive the Capital Region’s economic growth and regional tourism,” said Schenectady Mayor Gary R. McCarthy.

“At Capital Craft Beverage Trail, we take shopping and supporting local business seriously. The passport program puts our values into practice and at the same time, fosters an appreciation for the Region’s history of craft beverage manufacturing,” said Alejandro del Peral, vice president of the Capital Craft Beverage Trail.

The Passport map is organized by county. When participants make a purchase at any producer named in the passport, their Passport will receive two stamps-one on the producer’s page, and one on a perforated tear-out sheet at the back. At designated intervals, participants can tear off and redeem the perforated sheets at the back of the passport for prizes. Prizes can be redeemed in person or via U.S. mail. Detailed directions for redeeming prizes are included in the passport.

There are four levels of prizes. Completion of Level I has a prize of a CCBT Shot Glass and 12 stamps; Level II has a CCBT Snifter Glass and 24 stamps; Level III’s prize is a 64-oz. CCBT Growler and 36 stamps; and Level IV winners receive a ticket to a single CCBT Drink Event and 46 stamps.

Members of the Passport program include:

Albany County

Altamont Vineyard & Winery

Oligan Distilling

Meadowdale Farm Winery

Indian Ladder Farms Cidery & Brewery

Fort Orange Brewing

Druthers Brewing Company

Nine Pin Cider

Albany Distilling Co.

C.H. Evans Brewing Co. at the Albany Pump Station

Helderberg Brewery

Meadowdale Winery

The Real McCoy Beer Co.

Royal Meadery

Rensselaer County

Yesfolk Tonics

Hudson-Chatham Winery Troy

Shmaltz Brewing Company

Brown’s Brewing Co.

The Beer Diviner

S&S Farm Brewery

Emporium Farm Brewery

Northern Cross Vineyard

Stable Gate Farm and Winery

Rare Form brewing company

Saratoga County

Common Roots Brewing Company

Artisanal Brew Works

Shmaltz Brewing Company

Galway Rock Vineyard & Winery

Hank Hudson Brewing Company

R S Taylor & Sons Tap Room

Racing City Brewing Company

Unified Beerworks

Warren County

Adirondack Winery

Northway Brewing Co.

Springbrook Hollow Farm Distillery

Schenectady County

Wolf Hollow Brewing Company

Mad Jack Brewing Company

Great Flats Brewing

Frog Alley Brewing

The Schenectady Distilling Company, Inc.

Greene County

Rip Van Winkle Brewing Co.

Crossroads Brewing Company

Columbia County

Chatham Brewing

The Chatham Berry Farm LLC (The Greenhouse Cidery)

Hudson Brewing Co.

Harvest Spirits Farm Distillery

Little Apple Cidery Inc.

Olde York Farm: Distillery & Cooperage


About the Capital Craft Beverage Trail

The Capital Craft Beverage Trail was formed in 2015 to promote craft and farm-based beverage producers in the Capital Region of New York State. This one-of-a-kind “drinking tour” promotes some of the region’s most popular craft beverage facilities. Every producer sources ingredients locally, and beverages are created in small batches to maximize quality.