Every month, the Phelps Chamber of Commerce highlights one of our members as Business of the Month. For April of 2016, we are pleased to honor a local nanobrewery housed in the oldest building in Phelps.
To tell the story of Crafty Ales & Lager, owner and Brewmaster Mike Darling says…
“It’s all my wife’s fault…
In the summer of 1994, Jennie (Darling) brought me to an Arts/Crafts/Beer festival in downtown Denver, CO. I still remember my first taste of craft beer. It was JuJu Ginger (now Good JuJu) from a little outfit in Longmont called Left Hand Brewing Company. I was blown away!
I couldn’t believe beer could have that much flavor and complexity. For Christmas that year, Jennie got me a homebrew starter setup which included a Munton’s Dockside Porter kit. Even though it took 7 hours and I ruined our stovetop, the beer was drinkable and I was hooked! The rest, as they say, is history…”
Crafty Ales and Lagers features an eclectic variety of small batch craft beers that change with the seasons. Taking the saying “variety is the spice of life” to heart, they have produced over 50 different beers, utilizing local ingredients whenever possible. In 2015, Mike bravely accepted a challenge to create a batch of Sauerkraut Beer for the Sauerkraut Weekend, and it was a success. (Though not something he will offer year round.)
The monthly Social Mixer will be hosted by Crafty Ales on April 12th at 6PM.
Join us all for food, brews, networking, and raffles including the progressive jackpot for Chamber members (currently valued at $210, you must be present to win).
To learn more, please visit drinkcraftyales.com or stop into their location at 2 Exchange St. in Phelps NY during normal business hours (Wed-Fri 3 to 9PM, Sat 11AM-7PM and Sunday 11AM-3PM.)
To learn more about the included benefits of a Phelps Chamber of Commerce membership, please visit PhelpsNY.com/chamber-of-commerce or call (315) 548-5481.