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Reporter's Notebook

December 8, 2012

Senate Dems'Albany loss isSeward's gain

(Continued)

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the folks who run Brewery Ommegang have done a very good deed for Barrier Brewing Co., a company whose plant in Oceanside, Long Island, was hammered by the storm. 

As Barrier rebuilds, Ommegang has collaborated with its fellow craft beer producer by producing about 400 kegs of a new brew to be called Barrier Relief Ale. The ale will be sold under the Ommegang label and distributed in Barrier’s market in the metropolitan New York City area. 

“Just to keep the name in front of people there so they don’t lose their tap lines should really help them,” said Ommegang spokesman Larry Bennett, who described the Barrier brew as a “really hoppy IPA (India pale ale).” 

In addition to utilizing its own production facilities, Ommegang provided the malts, yeast and even some of the hops for the Barrier ale. 

While most of the product is destined for downstate, Bennett said he expects a couple of kegs will be made available at Café Ommegang, located at the company’s plant off county Route 33 in Middlefield. 

The bald eagle survey that will be undertaken by the planners of the Constitution Pipeline will examine a zone within 2,000 feet of the proposed pipeline alignment, according to Christopher Stockton, spokesman for the $750 million project.

“This is best done in winter since the leaves are off the trees, allowing for easier identification of potential nests,” Stockton said in an email responding to my questions. “Should any potential nests be identified during the aerial portion of the survey, follow-up ground surveys are done to determine whether the nests are associated with bald eagles (as opposed to other species) and if they are being actively used by a breeding pair of eagles. We anticipate that this process will be completed in the first quarter of 2013.”

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