Like many Rust Belt cities, Utica, New York’s heyday may be in its rear view mirror, but similar to Detroit, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh, new life and energy is being breathed back into the once bustling industrial city. Through all the ups and downs however, there has been one constant on Utica’s ‘West End’: The F.X. Matt Brewing Co, makers of the popular Saranac and Utica Club beer brands.

The West End was once home to several breweries in the late 1800s, but like many similar facilities of the day, Prohibition closed their doors for good. Four generations, 130 years, and some strategic foresight later, the F.X. Matt brewery continues to churn out local staples, on-trend craft varieties, as well as contracted beers for some of the region’s largest brands.

We sat down with Nick Matt, the fourth generation of the Matt family to manage the brewery (since founder Francis Xavier Matt) to discuss the history of the fourth oldest family-owned brewery in the United States. And to ask how a brewery that’s been around since 1888 can still be relevant in today’s “what have you done for me lately?” craft culture.

Read the interview by The Hop Review here