What's on tap in Central New York

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

Our very merry un-birthday.

Next month, we turn 18! And while we’re still a few years shy of the legal drinking age, we’re going to celebrate our 18th birthday with “a very merry un-birthday” party commemorating 18 years of beer, music, fun, and community involvement. The event is Saturday, October 17, from 4-9 pm at the brewery (656 County Highway 33,… Read More

Locktoberfest coming to Rome’s waterfront

The city of Rome has been chosen as the host city for the 2015 Locktoberfest celebration presented by Brew Central. Officials from New York State Canals, the city of Rome and Oneida County Tourism announced Tuesday the event will be held at Bellamy Harbor Park Saturday, Oct. 3 from 1-8 p.m. The free event will… Read More

Cooptoberfest Coming to Main Street Cooperstown!

The Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Rotary Club of Cooperstown, Brewery Ommegang and Townsquare Media announce the event formerly known as “Cooperstown Field Day” will return downtown Saturday, October 10 as the “Main Street Cooptoberfest.” This fall’s event will include family friendly activities, games, and vendors and will expand into the evening… Read More

Disco Lemonade? Cazenovia distiller introduces funky new cocktail in a can

When Ben Reilley launched his small-batch vodka-distilling business near Cazenovia last year, he knew the focus of the enterprise would always be on fun. That’s why he called his company Life of Reilley, combining his name and an old expression meaning a laid-back, care-free lifestyle. He emphasized that outlook by turning his company logo, LOR,… Read More

New York State Congratulates Schoharie County on the Upcoming Launch of its Beverage Trail

Trail is a New York State-designated Cuisine Trail dedicated to creating dis­tilled, brewed, and fermented beverages from locally-grown ingredients   Trail will be open to visitors beginning August 1 Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball and State Liquor Authority Chairman Vincent Bradley today joined local officials to congratulate Schoharie County and its beverage industry producers on… Read More

Richmondville mead maker gets help to grow

RICHMONDVILLE — Gregory Wilhelm, the 28-year-old owner of Royal Meadery, drew a few samples of mead Thursday morning from two white barrels in the back of his 900-square-foot meadery and tasting room in Richmondville as he explained what got him into the business. “About six years ago I was home-brewing beer and I wanted to… Read More

Craft New York Brewer’s Roots Festival

Saturday May 30th was humid and sunny, calling for rain but only a few clouds in the sky. At the F.X. Matt Brewery big white tents were raised and the humming of the band Last Left could be heard in every surrounding parking lot. The Craft New York Brewer’s Roots Festival was in full swing!… Read More

At Galaxy Brewing, change is always on the menu

Consider this a snapshot of Galaxy Brewing Company. On a Thursday afternoon, in a dim and sophisticated cavernous space, with a certain dozen craft beers on tap, a certain bonus cask conditioned ale on limited offer, and a certain menu poised for a seasonal revamp. Here, one of the few constants is the proposition that… Read More