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Hamburg Brewing Co.

New York

Providing high quality, innovative brews and having a good time doing it, Hamburg Brewing Co. is one of the craft brew gems of Western New York state.

Opened in October 2013 by father and son team John Russo Sr. and John Russo Jr., Hamburg Brewing Company is an up and coming craft brewery nestled in Western New York state. John Russo Jr. was an avid homebrewer, but when a friend suggested he turn the hobby into a business, he took the idea seriously. The Russos decided their hometown of Hamburg, New York was the perfect place to start their brewery - and what a setting they have created!

The Russos, who are members of the family that also founded Sorrento Cheese, have built an elegant, inviting brewery in Hamburg. The taproom has the feel of an Adirondack lodge with a large stone fireplace that dominates the center of the room. Wooden tables are arranged around the fireplace, giving customers a place to relax in the cozy atmosphere. Outside, a beautiful expansive patio that overlooks a pond and a surrounding hop field is very popular in the summer months. Another unique aspect to the brewery is an elaborate model train replica set of the Hamburg-Colorado Railroad, one of Western New York’s largest model train sets that features over 800 feet of track. The brewery also offers live local music and tasty bites to eat, helping visitors further enjoy the great beers Hamburg has to offer.

And as for the beers? Hamburg Brewing Co. has a simple mission: to provide high quality and innovative brews and have a good time doing it. The brewery crafts nearly thirty different styles, offering an option for just about anyone - and many have taken home medals from prestigious beer competitions.

Hamburg Brewing Co. uses locally grown ingredients whenever possible and the quality speaks for itself. We are proud to offer two of Hamburg’s most popular offerings to our Craft Beer Club members and hope you enjoy. Cheers!

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Trivia Time!

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1. Which style of beer gets its name from the London dock workers who first made it popular?
Porter. Porter is a dark style of beer originating in London in the 18th century. It was said to be popular with the dock workers of Central London, hence the name.

Most traditional British brewing documentation from the 1700’s state that Porter was a blend of three different styles: an Old Ale (stale or soured), a new ale (Brown or Pale Ale), and a weak one (mils ale), with various combinations of blending and staleness. Porters of the late 1700’s were quite strong compared to today’s standards.

2. Do darker beers have higher alcohol content than lighter beers?
Although many people assume that darker beers have a higher alcohol content than lighter beers, the truth is that a beer’s color has nothing to do with its strength. The color of a beer depends on the type of grain it was made from, while the alcohol content is determined by the amount of grain. The sugars in the starch (grain) convert to alcohol during fermentation, and thus, the more grain added, the higher the final alcohol content will be.