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Flying Bison tapping beer made from New York ingredients

Flying Bison Brewing Co. will tap its first batch of “farm-to-table” beer made exclusively from ingredients sourced in New York State.

Its latest batch of Barnstormer Pale Ale was made solely from barley grown and malted near Batavia at New York Craft Malt and hops from Wrobel Farms near Utica.

“It kind of takes on a double meaning; barnstormer like the daredevil airplane guys and barnstormer like, ‘lets all run into the barn,’” said Tim Herzog, Flying Bison owner.

Though the company has been using the Barnstormer name for years, this is the first time Flying Bison has been able to secure enough local raw materials to make a completely New York-sourced batch of it. It resulted in 20 barrels, which is the equivalent of about 35 half kegs of beer. It will be sold on draft, in bottles and at a limited number of local bars. It is expected to sell out within 30 days, but Herzog said Flying Bison is committed to using as much New York-grown hops and barley as crop yields will support.