Home to the legendary F.X. Matt Brewery where Saranac beer is made, Oneida County also hosts noteworthy brew venues that serve it.

Located in the heart of America’s Craft Brew Destination, Utica and the surrounding area is a pub paradise filled with ideal places to grab a pint.

Brew Central brings together the stories, traditions and tastes of Central New York, a historic hub for the brewing industry and current home to upstate’s best craft beverages.


You can start your Heart of New York Beverage Trail pub crawl right next door to the F.X. Matt Brewery at Nail Creek Pub & Brewery, a European-style hangout featuring original and fine craft brews.

Head over on the right night and catch the bar’s locally renowned Irish Seisiún (jam session). Each Wednesday features a special dinner when the only thing on the menu is a gourmet specialty.

Nearby Green Onion Pub boasts a beer selection that is “typically atypical and exciting.” Enjoy a conversation in this traditional pub setting void of television sets.

Stop by BBG’s in Yorkville for some fun and games before traveling north to Oriskany for a homemade meal at Stockdale’s Bar & Grill, where 12 taps are rotated daily.

Thirsty for more?


Oneida County is also home to the locally focused Upstate Tavern, located inside the Turning Stone Casino Resort.

Adirondack Distilling Co. is famous for its spirits filtered with “Herkimer diamonds” and the region abounds with wineries that include Villa Verona Vineyard, Mohawk Valley and Prospect Falls.

No matter your taste, you can craft your own adventure in Central New York.