What's on tap in Central New York

Adirondack Distilling Takes Home Gold and Silver In LA Competition

The Adirondack Distilling Company in Utica recently won two Gold medals and a Silver at the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition. They were awarded gold for their Adirondack 601 Bourbon and another gold for Adirondack 601 American Whiskey, while ADK Gin took home Silver. It marks the second medal won for bourbon and the first for American… Read More

Craft Beer Boom One Reason Local Tourism is Growing

Travelers and vacationers were already a big part of the Central New York Economy.  But now tourism officials say it’s a focus of state development efforts.  One area that’s booming is craft-beer tours. Tom Ireardi was making home-brew beer 25 years ago…but craft brewing didn’t quite take off…He opened Finger Lakes on Tap to bring his… Read More

Woodland Limited Barrel-Aged Bottle Release

(Utica, NY) Woodland Farm Brewery is excited to announce the release of limited bottles of barrel-aged beers on May 27 at 11:00am at our 6002 Trenton Rd location in Utica. The time has finally come for our second barrel-aged bottle release! This time around, we aged our 1st Anniversary beer, Batch 2, in oak and… Read More

New CNY breweries: Humble Harvest in Nelson, Bullthistle in Sherburne

(05/05/17 – Syracuse.com)  Two of New York state’s newest breweries are opening this weekend in a couple of Central New York’s smallest towns. Bullthistle Brewing Co. opens today (May 5) in Sherburne in northern Chenango County. Humble Harvest Brewing Co. opens Saturday (May 6) in Nelson, east of Cazenovia in Madision County. Humble Harvest Brewery is taking… Read More

KyMar Farm Distillery’s Malt Whiskey Takes a Gold

Charlotteville, New York (March 20, 2017) – KyMar Farm Distillery has added another medal to its portfolio of spirits. Their Malt Whiskey, bottled for the first time in November of 2016 was awarded a Gold Medal in the 2017 Denver International Spirit Competition. The double-blind competition took place on March 4-5, 2017 at the Omni… Read More

25 most important American craft beers ever

(03/07/17 – MyStatesman) Food & Wine had a great idea. I’m borrowing it. Last month, the magazine asked 21 beer industry luminaries to rank the most important craft beers of all time. Not the best, which would have been a ridiculous and impossible undertaking. The most important. As you might expect from a pack of… Read More

Utica Club Is Worth Its Weight In GOLD!

The FX Matt Brewing Co. will be returning to the classic gold packaging on their famous Utica Club line of beers.  The transition back to the gold cans will be gradual, so a mixture of “retro” white cans and gold cans will be in the market temporarily.  The return to the gold cans will correspond… Read More

The 10 Coolest Coffee Shops in New York!

By Lauren Itzla The Queens Kickshaw (1/26/17 – Best of New York) There’s something magical about local coffee shops, and it’s not just the power of caffeine. Sipping a cup of joe in a hip café will put you in just the right place, whether you’re meeting up with a friend or colleague, hunkering down… Read More

Upstate NY’s best brewery: And the winners are…

(12/19/16 – NYup.com) From double-hopped IPAs to barrel-aged sours, we tasted lots of beers on our hunt for Upstate New York’s Best Brewery. Our contest featured two of the well-known “big boys” of American craft brewing — Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown and Southern Tier Brewing in Lakewood (near Jamestown). Both have nationwide distribution, business partnerships… Read More

Holiday beers are here

(12/09/16 – USA Today) In Binghamton, N.Y., Galaxy Brewing Company features a Ghost of Christmas on tap. It’s a delicious Belgian strong dark-style beer with a flavor profile of orange peel, chocolate, honey, raisins and cinnamon — and a touch of ghost pepper to add a spicy kick.

Beercation: “Brew” Central New York

(8/30/16 – Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine) A hundred years ago, the hills of central New York—from Syracuse to Cooperstown and beyond—were covered in hops farms. For a significant time in the American history of brewing, it was the place to grow the bines that produce those bitter little cones. Those were the days before… Read More

A Perfect Fall Saturday in Central New York

As you might recall, a few weeks ago, we visited upstate New York for a weekend camping trip. We were pretty excited to visit Central New York at the beginning of fall, looking forward to cooler temperatures, plus loads of local food, beer and wine. Outdoors in Central NY Our first stop — before the… Read More

Central New York Craft Brewers Tap into Local Crops

Central New York’s roots in brew run deep and its modern craft beverage makers want to carry on that homegrown tradition. The nine counties that make up Brew Central were the epicenter of the U.S. hops industry at the turn of the 19th century. Not only are brewers tapping into the local hop revival, but… Read More

Utica’s Woodland Brewery Takes on Traditions of Brew Central

From the pioneers of the Leatherstocking era to the outdoor enthusiasts of the modern Adirondacks, upstate New York has a great tradition of adventure. The craft beverage renaissance happening in Central New York celebrates its own traditions, namely its roots in hop farming, by way of Brew Central. Woodland Hop Farm and Fermentation just outside… Read More