What's on tap in Central New York

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

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