By Liz Witbeck
Shmaltz Brewing Co. in Clifton Park is expanding this year, with plans in the works to establish an official tasting room in Troy, as well as create new beer brands.
Jeremy Cowan started the company in San Francisco. In 1996, he was driving around in his grandmother’s car in Northern California, delivering cases of beer. The company has come a long way since then. Cowan moved to New York City and established the Clifton Park brewery in 2013.
“Our goal is to make high-end beers that are fun, based on a concept, and that don’t fit into traditional beer styles,” said Cowan.
Shmaltz Brewing is best known for its He’brew beer, the line first created by Cowan. Today, He’brew is sold in 35 states across the country, in 5,000 retail locations, according to the company.
The company is known for its beer names, inspired by Jewish themes, as well as unique flavors. Customers can choose from the Hop Manna IPA; the Messiah nut brown ale; the Jewbelation anniversary ale; a Pastrami Pilsner, brewed with kosher salt, cracked pepper, natural horseradish and mustard seed; and Chanukah golden ale, brewed with cocoa nibs.