What's on tap in Central New York

4th Annual Halloween Costume Contest at The Colonial

On Wednesday Oct. 31, The Colonial will be hosting their 4th annual Halloween Party! There will be a costume contest of the year and will be giving away $1000 in cash prizes ($500 for best guy and $500 for best girl). Our staff will be competing under the “Dirty Disney” theme, so you’ll have to… Read More

January Special Edition Bed and Brew Package

The January Bed and Brew Package is all about “Innovation at Ommegang”! The Ommegang Brewmaster and Innovation Manager will share four beers from Ommegang’s pilot system. As a guest for the January Bed and Brew package you will be tasting brews that have not yet been released to the public! The innovation brews will be paired with delicious courses… Read More

Fall Family Traditions Continue in Fly Creek

The Fly Creek Cider Mill’s Boomer and Boschert press will once again come to life this Saturday, September 8th continuing an autumn tradition for 162 years in the Upstate New York hamlet of Fly Creek just minutes from Cooperstown. Known for its historically authentic machinery, the Mill makes its cider in the traditional rack-and-cloth method… Read More

Todd Jennings: Hoppiness is competing in a local beer run

By Todd Jennings / For the Times Herald-Record Posted Aug 29, 2018 at 6:25 PMUpdated Aug 29, 2018 at 6:37 PM One of the greatest things about the sport of running is the myriad of ways in which you can experience it. In the past I’ve discussed the virtues of group running, running on trails, ultra running and so on. But there’s a category that… Read More

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

(12/11/17 – Great Beer Now) Beer tourism is on the move. With so many craft breweries dotting the American landscape, more and more individuals and families are organizing their vacation plans to include brewery visits, craft beer festivals, and other beer-related entertainment and education. One area of the nation that needs to be on the radar… Read More

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