Stories on Tap Webseries

Brew Central is more than a place on a map and more than just a beverage trail. Brew Central is an experience.

We want you to not only taste the beer, hard cider, spirits and wine; we want you to talk to the folks who make it and make us America’s Craft Brew Destination.

Our brewers, distillers and vintners pour themselves into their products and share their pride in tasting rooms and brewpubs across Central New York.

Get to know them in the “Stories on Tap” webseries below and then craft your own adventure using the interactive Brewfinder.

 

Butternuts Beer & Ale – Garrattsville, NY

Chuck Williamson took his hard-earned expertise from a kitchen in Queens to a bucolic brewery in the heart of upstate New York, where Butternuts Beer & Ale has grown national recognition. He was one of the first craft brewers to use aluminum, but the catch is not only his cans …

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Nail Creek Pub & Brewery – Utica, NY

The Talgos built a community around their taps, bottles and original brews in the spirit of European pub culture. The more than 100 beers served at Nail Creek Pub & Brewery are more than just beer …

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Green Wolf Brewing Co. – Middleburgh, NY

Justin Behan’s love of hop history promises a little of the past goes into every pint he makes using the latest tech and old-school techniques like grinding regionally-sourced grains by hand … or feet, rather …

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1911 Spirits – LaFayette, NY

Peter Fleckenstein does the work his father, grandfather and great-grandfather did before him at Beak & Skiff Orchards, home to 1911 Spirits. The hundred-year legacy of cultivating the apples here allows complete control of production from “tree to bottle” …

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Galaxy Brewing Co. – Binghamton, NY

An amateur brewer for more than four decades, Mike Weisel included his son, Seth, in the process early on when he assisted with small tasks. Today, father and son serve up everything from IPAs to fairly obscure German and Belgian styles …

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Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard – Fly Creek, NY

The unique characteristics of Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard stretch well beyond the 125-year-old, water-powered apple press it uses today. The mill also fueled the growing local beer market through the second half of the 19th century …

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Cooperstown Distillery – Cooperstown, NY

Longtime restaurateur Eugene Marra focused on food, wine and spirits as part of his profession, a career that’s lasted more than 45 years. Today the New York City native takes pride in the all-New York state ingredients that make up his whiskey, bourbon, gin and vodka …

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Cooperstown Brewing Co. – Milford, NY

With Central New York’s strong roots in baseball and beer, it only made sense that Cooperstown Brewing Co. would bring the two together. The traditional brewery uses recipes produced by the system created by the godfather of microbrewing …

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Life of Reilley Distilling and Wine Co. – Cazenovia, NY

Despite running around his busy distillery most of his waking hours, flip-flops remain Ben’s footwear of choice. In fact, he wears them with shorts all year round. Such is the Life of Reilley, a company and philosophy rooted in a carefree and comfortable existence …

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The North Brewery – Endicott, NY

Zach Pedley and his father, Eric, had a problem. After brewing weekend-in and weekend-out, they had more beer than they knew what to do with. The solution? Open a brewery …

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Empire Brewing Co. – Syracuse, NY

Zach Pedley and his father, Eric, had a problem. After brewing weekend-in and weekend-out, they had more beer than they knew what to do with. The solution? Open a brewery …

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Critz Farms Brewing & Cider Co. – Cazenovia, NY

In many ways, Critz Farms hard cider took more than a century to get here. Matthew and Juanita Critz use an antique apple press, name the ciders in tribute to their farm’s 200-year history and use hops with roots in the 1800s …

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Binghamton Brewing Co. – Johnson City, NY

The modern craft beer connoisseur carries a sophisticated palate, so Jason Gardner and Kristen Lyons have to make great beer. The two engineers build their brews on that simple philosophy, bringing together science, art and a close community of patrons …

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Syracuse Suds Factory – Syracuse, NY

Alan Smith wanted to try something different when he opened up Syracuse Suds, the city’s first beer producer in three decades. He’s since upheld the great beer tradition of Syracuse, home to dozens of breweries at the turn of the 20th century …

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Roots Brewing Company – Oneonta, NY

Russell Scimeca quite literally went back to his roots when he decided to start a brewery. The Leatherstocking Home Brewers club he joined more than a decade ago used to meet in the building that is now the home to Roots Brewing Co. …

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1857 Spirits – Middleburgh, NY

Elias Barber doesn’t care for vodka. So, the distilled spirit he creates from the family farm’s potatoes must be pretty damn good. His 1857 Spirits distillery is a marriage of his penchant for academic rigor and his family’s 160-year legacy at Barber’s Farm …

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Stump City Brewing – Gloversville, NY

Cream, red and pale. The gentlemen behind Stump City Brewing Co. will tell you just make beer. It’s a philosophy as humble as their surroundings: a barn-like structure located behind co-founder Matt Sherman’s house …

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Rogers’ Cideryard – Johnstown, NY

At Rogers Family Orchard in Johnstown, the groves stretch in beautiful rows and gently fade into the edge of the woods with colors especially bright against a gray fall sky. The sight of the gnarly apple trees illustrates a great upstate New York tradition for visitors and passersby …

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Copper City Brewing Company – Rome, NY

Copper City Brewing snatched up the city’s nickname as a tribute to not only Rome’s rich cultural history – the Erie Canal runs right through town – but it’s notable past in brewing. At its Canal-era peak in the 1850s, Rome was home to about a dozen breweries …

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Good Nature Farm Brewery and Tap Room – Hamilton, NY

Matt Whalen and Carrie Blackmore believe people care more about a product they’re connected to. Good Nature Farm Brewery & Tap Room uses local ingredients in its farm-to-glass beer to give a sense of ownership to their ever-growing fan base …

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