Hit the Road and Tour the Craft Breweries of Central New York

The winter weary convert to road warriors come summer. Some travel great distances for good times, but a short trip to Central New York leaves more time to unwind in a craft beer and beverage paradise they call Brew Central.

From Cooperstown to Syracuse and Utica to Binghamton, Central New York’s small towns and cities are filled with big stories, traditions and tastes for every palate.

Craft beverage connoisseurs can sample a burgeoning craft beer scene, history buffs can digest fascinating facts and everyone can enjoy the variety of experiences here.

This is Brew Central, America’s Craft Brew Destination. And it’s close.

Take an Upstate Beercation

More than 75 craft brew producers and craft beer bars beckon to be explored in this region, which was the heart of U.S. hop production at the turn of the 20th century. Today, a hearty selection of craft beer, hard cider, spirits and wine greet visitors, who also enjoy farm-to-table fare and outdoor adventure in this historic area.

More to Do than Craft Brew

Come for the baseball and stay for the small-batch vodka, gin and bourbon of Cooperstown Distillery. Beer-related relics complement a tasting of Saranac’s latest on the popular F.X. Matt brewery tour in Utica.

The brewpubs of downtown Binghamton serve up suds made from local ingredients and worthy of World Beer Cup accolades. Sipping hard cider, vodka and gin at the source that overlooks the rolling hills of Central New York is a favorite pastime at 1911 Sprits, just south of Syracuse.

That’s Just a Taste

Road trippers can craft their own outdoor adventure along 36 miles of the Erie Canal, 85 miles of historic U.S. Route 20 or 350 miles of hiking and biking paths just off the Brew Central beverage trail. Hundreds of farms, markets and food-related festivals punctuate the landscape during the summer months.

Hit the road this summer and bid farewell to winter with a cold one in America’s Craft Brew Destination.