What's on tap in Central New York


Utica Craft Spirit Maker Shines in Brew Central

Adirondack Distilling Co. may make world-class spirits, but the ingredients come from home in the heart of Central New York – right down to the “Herkimer diamonds” used to filter the drinks. Brew Central is America’s Craft Brew Destination and Adirondack Distilling is a major contributor to that designation. A SIP of Success The Utica… Read More


Hard Cider Resurgence Brewing in Central New York

America’s Craft Brew Destination boasts more than beer. Central New York’s collection of hard cideries puts it on the forefront of an exciting (and tasty) trend. Brewers are reviving the time-honored Central New York tradition of hard cider. Historic Harvest A must-try here in Brew Central is Critz Farms Brewing & Cider Co. hard cider… Read More


Going Beyond the Beverage in America’s Craft Brew Destination

The deep roots in brew, agriculture and American history make Central New York more than a destination. The burgeoning craft beer and beverage scene, hardy farm-to-table movement and mile after mile of Main Street USA are a true experience. Come for the baseball and stay for the small-batch spirits of Cooperstown Distillery. Pair a day… Read More


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… Read More


Meet Hopstate NY 2016

Exciting news! Hopstate NY is back this year with a brand new recipe to showcase the amazing work that NYS hop farmers are doing. This is the second year that we’re brewed a beer with 100% NYS grown hops! Hopstate NY is available now at the brewery store and will be available throughout New York… Read More


Big new Empire Brewery in Cazenovia rolls its first beers out this week

CAZENOVIA, NY — Beer from one of New York’s biggest craft breweries should begin to appear on store shelves and on bar taps through the state starting this week. The Empire Farmstead Brewery, a spinoff of the Empire Brewing Co. brewpub in Syracuse’s Armory Square, began brewing in the last few weeks. The first batches… Read More


Critz Farms Harvest Moon Cidery wins four medals at international competition

Critz Farms Harvest Moon Cidery of Cazenovia was recently awarded four medals at the 11th Annual Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition. The event, held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on April 23 and 24, seeks to recognize the finest in fermented apple and pear beverages submitted by commercial producers and amateur cider and perry… Read More


Saranac Releases “Brewer’s Blood”

On Friday, April 22nd, 2016 craft beer enthusiasts will pour into the F.X. Matt Brewing Company for a taste of Saranac’s second Inner Circle brew of 2016: Brewer’s Blood.   Named not only for it’s color but also for the passion with which it was brewed, Brewer’s Blood is a robust, viscous, hop-forward Imperial Amber Ale. The event… Read More


Old Home Distillers: Hard spirits are a family affair in Madison County

LEBANON, NY — Adam Carvell pursued a law degree before deciding it would be more fun to run a bar in Tucson, Ariz. His brother Aaron had a career in beverage and wine marketing in San Francisco before entering the hospitality industry in New Zealand. They’re still in the drinks business. Only now they’re based… Read More


Farm distillery tasting room opens in Lebanon

A new whiskey distillery and tasting room has opened its doors to the public in the Madison County town of Lebanon. Old Home Distillers, owned and operated by longtime area residents Gerald and Marlene Carvell, in partnership with their two adult sons Aaron and Adam, is now open for tours, tastings and sales on Friday,… Read More


Brewery Ommegang to Host Bill Murray-Themed Beer Fest in August

Cooperstown, NY —  Recognized annually as one of the best and must-attend beer festivals in America, on August 5 and 6, 3,000 lucky guests will enjoy the opportunity to taste hard-to-find Belgian import brews as well as Belgian-style ales from all over North America. More than 100 breweries will be on-hand pouring while festival-goers fully… Read More


Meet Limited Edition Bourbon Barrel-aged Three Philosophers

We have a new twist on an old favorite coming out in February. Our first major barrel-aged release, Bourbon Barrel-aged Three Philosophers, goes on sale at noon on Saturday, February 13, only at the brewery store. Our unique Three Philosophers Quardupel Ale is universally-known as the preferred elixir of life’s meditators, thinkers and theorizers. Now, thanks to… Read More


Woodland: New York’s newest farm brewery opens near Utica

MARCY, NY — It started with three school teachers who discovered a common bond in their homebrewing hobby while talking during their lunch breaks. Now they are partners in Woodland Hop Farm & Fermentation, a new farm brewery thatopens Friday (Jan. 8) at 6002 Trenton Road in Marcy. That’s just off Route 12 north of… Read More


Striking ‘bock’: Empire Brewing outmaneuvers Lucasfilm trademark objection

One year ago Syracuse-based Empire Brewing Company, and its maibock-style ‘Strikes Bock’ beer, faced the resistance of the Disney empire. With the expansion of the brewery, Empire began applying for trademarks on the names of its most popular beers, a tougher process than initially anticipated. “It’s becoming more and more difficult. As the industry grows,… Read More