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Cream of the crop
Genny Cream Ale is New York’s beer, at least according to one list.

New York City-based Thrillist last week listed its choice for the iconic beer in each state and the green-hued Genny won for New York.

Other U.S. iconic beers include longtimer Yuengling Lager for Pennsylvania and craft beer stalwarts such as Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA from Delaware, SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale from Georgia and Heavy Seas Loose Cannon from Maryland.

“What makes a beer an icon? Longevity? Sure, that’s a factor. Impact? Absolutely,” Thrillist folks explain. They also decided an iconic beer must be at least partially brewed within the state it represents. More on this later.

“New York actually led the country in beer production back in the 19th century, and Genesee, a brewery that’s been cranking out the cold ones since 1876, has been a major player ever since,” the Thrillist notes. “It continues to rep its home state with the quiet gravitas—and the green hue—of the Statue of Liberty herself.

“Often lovingly referred to as ‘Genny,’ (it) leads the pack in drinkability, iconic design and bang for your buck. … This is baseball beer, ideal for washing down peanuts and hot dogs under a midsummer sun.”

Genesee Brewery gets another nod on the list: “Let’s just get this painful bit of news out of the way: even though Narragansett is in the process of opening a new brewery in Pawtucket, its flagship beer is brewed in Rochester, New York. Ineligible!”

Also, Vermont’s iconic beer, Magic Hat Brewing Co. #9, is owned by Rochester-based North American Breweries, which also owns Genesee.

Waste not
Wegmans Food Markets has received another honor.

The chain was named one of 15 firms on the inaugural U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions by the USDA and the EPA. The firms have made a public commitment to reduce food loss and waste in their U.S. operations by 50 percent by 2030.

Others include Ahold USA, Campbell Soup, Conagra, General Mills, Kellogg, PepsiCo, Sodexo, Unilever, Walmart and YUM! Brands.

“The founding 2030 Champions have shown exceptional leadership in the fight to reduce, recover and recycle food loss and waste,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “The staggering amount of wasted food in the United States has far-reaching impacts on food security, resource conservation and climate change.”

Wegmans’ commitment includes reducing avoidable food waste in its stores, diverting unavoidable food scraps from landfills by offering them as feed for local livestock or sending them for composting or anaerobic digestion, and working with some 350 food banks and pantries for daily food pickups at its stores.

Send tips, rumors, inside information or strange tales for the Loop to Managing Editor Mike Dickinson at mdickinson@rbj.net.

12/2/2016 (c) 2016 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.

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