The makers of HE’BREW craft beer take a fresh approach to an age-old industry.
Jeremy Cowan: Cowan is the owner and founder of Shmaltz Brewing Company. Originally from LA, he attended Stanford University where he studied English.
1 How has the first year at Shmaltz gone?
It has been stressful but incredibly rewarding! It was never my dream to own my own brewery and the process of building and financing the brewery was a wild ride and I’m glad to have it behind me. It was always my goal to make the highest quality, fun products and now we have 100 percent impact on everything we create.
2 Best pleasant surprise/biggest challenge?
The most important surprise was how much opportunity was afforded me through the SBA 504 Loan program through the NY Business Development Corporation and our local banking partner, Ballston Spa National Bank. It’s great to say “government backed program” and “small business success” in the same sentence. The biggest challenge was running a mature, fully operational business while building a brewery.
3 What’s planned for your first anniversary celebration?
It’s May 17 at the brewery from 1 to 5 p.m. Friends, neighbors and craft beer connoisseurs are invited to the ultimate beer experience with a delicious selection of core and barrel-aged Shmaltz libations and special offerings from 17 gangs of their favorite brewers from and around New York State and we will have a round-up of local food trucks offering food truck fare. Tickets are $25 for general admission which includes a commemorative snifter glass and five drink tokens. It’s $15 for designated drivers.
4 Tell us a bit about the brewery.
The Brewery, located at 6 Fairchild Square, in Clifton Park is immediately off Exit 10 of I-87. It boasts a 50-barrel brewhouse with 20,000 barrels of annual capacity. We also have a 1,700 square foot tasting room, which is open to the public Wednesday-Sunday for tastings, tours, private parties and to-go beer.
5 Favorite all-time beer from another brewery?
All time favorite is tricky. My current favorites are Iron Springs Triple IPA from Marin County and Higher Standard Double IPA from Peekskill Brewery in Peekskill, NY.
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