When it comes to the science side of things involved in making craft beverages — and there are lots of them — wineries, cideries, breweries and distilleries from across the state turn to the experts at Cornell Craft Beverage Institute at Cornell AgriTech.
The new institute brings the Geneva-based Cornell Enology Extension Laboratory, the Craft Beverage Analysis Laboratory (formerly the New York State Wine Analytical Lab) and the Cornell Brewing Extension Laboratory under one umbrella.
With the demand for craft beverages growing seemingly by the day in New York, the lab moved beyond its original scope of wine to beer, hard cider and spirits.
Scientists in Geneva conduct analyses for commercial producers and answer questions by phone or email. For complex problems, the extension staff visit farms or processing facilities across New York.