Above: Justin Behan, the owner of Green Wolf Brewing Company. Photo used with permission.
Three and a half years ago, Justin Behan was standing in an old house on his property when he had a revelation. “It dawned on me,” he said, “this building has electric, and plumbing, and heating. Oh my God, I could turn it into a small brewery!”
That was the beginning of the “insane idea” that led to Green Wolf Brewing Company, which opens the doors to its new tap room in the Schoharie County village of Middleburgh on Friday, Dec. 12.
Green Wolf isn't Behan’s first experiment with beer. Like many other small brewers, he began by homebrewing. The sensory aspects of the process first drew him in.
Below: Ales from the Green Wolf Brewing Company. Photo courtesy of Green Wolf.
“The smells of the brew day, working with the wonderful ingredients, the aroma of the hops, the magic of it--it’s pretty magical!” he said. “I still can’t believe that yeast does what it does.” Read more
The Constitution Pipeline received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to build a 124-mile natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania through New York's Delaware, Schoharie, Broome and Chenango counties on Tuesday, Dec. 2.
FERC's certificate of public convenience and necessity gives the Constitution Pipeline the power of eminent domain, which allows it to force landowners along the route to accept the pipeline's path through their property.
The pipeline's new powers are setting it up for a fight in the Catskills. Over half of the landowners along the route haven't agreed to allow the pipeline across their land. If they continue to resist, the pipeline can take them to court.
Construction can begin as soon as the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issue permits for the project, which could happen early in 2015. Read more
Above: Sparky the Fire Dog, Santa and Frosty the Snowman will be guests at the Tannersville Annual Holiday Craft Fair and Spirits of the Holidays on Saturday, Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Photo via the Great Northern Catskills website.
It's holiday shopping season in earnest, now that Thanksgiving is over. You can spend all your gift-giving dollars this year with Catskills merchants and businesses, and maybe see a few Christmas trees and even Santa himself while you're at it. To help you shop local, here's the second installment of our holiday shopping guide.
Here's what's happening over the weekend of Nov. 28 to 30:
Margaretville hosts its annual holiday celebration on Saturday, Nov. 29. Shops will be decked to the nines, lots of kids’ activities will distract your little ones, and Santa will show up late in the afternoon on a fire truck. Hot cocoa and doughnuts will keep you fortified, and you can grab a hayride when your feet get tired. Read more
Ah, gratitude. We all know it’s the right spirit to maintain, there’s a science supporting its benefits, and yet it can be so easy to lose track of in everyday life. How nice it is that we’ve got a holiday devoted to turning our thoughts in that general direction.
And most surely we have plenty to be thankful for around here. Besides the beauty of early winter in the mountains, we have neighbors busy organizing feasts like the ones that follow. If you don’t feel like organizing your own this year, here are the folks who’ve got you covered. Happy Thanksgiving; here at the Watershed Post, we’re grateful for you. Read more
New York State may shut down I-84 in the Hudson Valley as early as 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning if an impending snowstorm makes travel dangerous, according to a statement released Tuesday, Nov. 25 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office. Read more
The forecasts for a whammy of a winter storm are getting more serious: Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties are all under a winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service.
The NWS predicts eight to 14 inches of snow in the eastern Catskills and five to 12 inches in the western Catskills. The white stuff will pile up in earnest throughout the day beginning at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26, with accumulation rates of one to two inches per hour. Read more
Giving gifts to loved ones is great fun. Getting those gifts is great fun too, when you stay clear of the mass markets and head instead to the local merchants and makers. Supporting those folks makes our communities better all year long.
Here, then, is the first installment of our Catskills holiday season shopping guide to where and when you’ll find the good fresh local stuff among smiling faces. We'll be posting each week with events to check out around the region. Want even more things to do? Check out our ever-updating Catskills events calendar. Read more