Carey Institute’s Helderberg Brewery Hosts “Hilltowns Alive” Series

Partnership with Discover Albany Features Agritourism Events Slated Through Colombus Day |

June 11, 2019

Rensselaerville, N.Y. – The Carey Institute’s Helderberg Brewery, with support from Discover Albany, is offering a series of events highlighting agritourism in Rensselaerville and the surrounding Helderberg Hilltowns. The series, “Hilltowns Alive,” has events scheduled throughout the summer. Upcoming events include a Rensselaerville Main Street History Tour on June 22 and 23, and an Anti-Rent themed Pub Crawl on July 6.

Featured at each event will be farm-brewed beer from Helderberg Brewery, a locally grown and prepared meal from an area restaurant or farm, and live music and other cultural offerings by local artists. Overnight lodging packages, as well as optional farm and brewery tours, will also be available. The goal of the the Hilltowns Alive series is to inspire people to travel locally and experience the small businesses, natural beauty and creative culture of rural Albany County.

The Helderberg Brewery at the Carey Institute for Global Good is a New York State Farm Brewery and Taproom.

The Hilltowns Alive series is the Brewery’s flagship program to highlight our community’s agritourism opportunities, and its mission to support sustainable rural development and entrepreneurship.

The schedule of events for the 2019 Hilltowns Alive Series is as follows:

  • June 22-23: Rensselaerville Main Street History Tour

  • July 6: Anti-Rent Pub Crawl

  • August 3: Main Street Block Party, hosted by the Rensselaerville Fire Department and the

    Rensselaerville Library

  • August 17-18: Rensselaerville Ride: Ride the Five!

  • October 6: Helderfest & Helderberg Brewery Open House

For more information about the series, as well as other upcoming events at the Carey Institute and Helderberg Brewery, visit our events calendar here >

Sustainable Communities Program works to advance the role of rural communities in sustainable and equitable development. Through community-based initiatives like Helderberg Brewery we work to build capacity of community leaders and entrepreneurs; and, cultivate and strengthen linkages between rural and urban communities.

An initiative of the Institute’s Sustainable Communities Program, the brewery offers workshops and networking opportunities to promote farmer-brewer connectivity. Through our Visiting Brewer Series, we open our brewery to aspiring and established brewers who want to gain more hands-on experience or experiment with ingredients.