What's on tap in Central New York

Old Home Distillers Wins Gold, Silver Medals

Old Home Distillers recently captured two medals in the 2019 Great American International Spirits Competition. “We generally don’t chase medals – it’s easy to find other ways to spend those entry fees,” said co-distiller and marketing director Aaron Carvell. “This year we decided to submit just two of our whiskeys, so it was quite pleasing… Read More

Empire Brewery and Glazed and Confused Announce Bedrock Wit It Donut Beer

Empire Brewing Company is proud to announce their latest local collaboration! As innovative as they are delicious, Glazed and Confused donut shop has drawn the attention of Syracuse’s sweet tooth as well as the folks over at Empire Brewing Company. Empire’s director of brewing operations, Tim Butler, and Paul Valenti, creator of Glazed and Confused, met… Read More

Woodland Farm Brewery Highlights Barrel-Aging Program

For hundreds of years, wood was the primary vessel for storing and transporting beer which would naturally impart wood flavors into beer. Barrels would be very costly and therefore reused time and time again with the wood flavors becoming less and less apparent. Long transportation of beer across the oceans even led to brewers increasing… Read More

Continued Legacy: Nick Matt of Saranac/F.X. Matt Brewing Co.

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.… Read More

The Hop Review Visits Beer Tree Brew Co.

A stone’s throw from upstate, Binghamton, New York you’ll find the small municipality of Port Crane. It was here, on the banks of the Chenango River, that we were introduced to Beer Tree Brew Co. It was also where we first learned of the state-specific, and oddly confusing, Farm Brewery Law…which we will sidebar quickly… Read More

Brewery Ommegang and HBO Announce ‘The Throne’

As fans prepare for the highly anticipated return of Game of Thrones, Brewery Ommegang and HBO Licensing & Retail are pleased to announce For The Throne, the latest beer in their multi-year, multi-beer partnership. For The Throne launches nationwide at the beginning of April, just in time for the realm to reach a fever pitch… Read More

Brewery Ommegang Debuts New Packaging

Working with CF Napa Brand Design in Napa, CA, Ommegang has thoughtfully redesigned every element of their brand to deliver packaging as elegant as their beer. “One of our goals was to make it easier for consumers to find our beers in the increasingly crowded craft environment,” explains their president, Doug Campbell. “That’s been accomplished through consistent… Read More

Brew Central Takes You on a Beer, Wine and Distilled Spirits Journey

Brew Central is the Place Where, exactly, is this region known as Brew Central? Well, it is in the east central section of New York and corresponds roughly to the triangle formed by Syracuse, Albany, and Binghamton. Home to such notable, established breweries as Ommegang and Saranac as well as newer breweries like Water Street Brewing and Willow Rock, Central New York… Read More

Brewery Ommegang: Take Me to the Country for Beer and Music

Cooperstown, New York is a city synonymous with Major League Baseball. Ask any MLB fan to name places he/she would like to visit at least once in their lifetime, and you can bet that the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will rank somewhere in the top five. But as I learned on my… Read More

Fly Creek Cider Mill: Central New York’s Top Spot for Cider

When you travel the country in search of great beer like I do, you are often forced to choose among different breweries, many of which sound promising. At last check, there were more than 6,000 breweries in the United States and while it’s great to have choices, it also makes it difficult to narrow down… Read More

Red Shed Brewery: Central New York’s Dual Offering

Any visit to the small village of Cooperstown almost always includes a stop at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. After all, this is one of the most popular shrines in all of sports and many Major League Baseball fans consider a visit to the Hall a must at some point in their… Read More