What's on tap in Central New York

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

Empire Farmstead Brewery: A long-awaited project breaks ground at last

CAZENOVIA, NY — It’s taken a little longer than expected, but the big spin-off of downtown Syracuse’s successful Empire Brewing Co. is about to take shape. Friday is the long-awaited groundbreaking at the Empire Farmstead Brewery in Cazenovia. It will be built on a 22-acre farm just off Route 13 (and just south of the… Read More

Roots Brewery and Bistro, Oneonta, to host Artist’s Reception

An opening reception will be held at Roots Brewery and Bistro for artist Christine Alexander. The event will be held Friday May 15, from 5 to 7 pm,  at Roots on 175 Main Street, Oneonta. The exhibition, World of Color #2, will run from May through July. Alexander is a contemporary artist whose life-long fascination… Read More

Hop farming interest growing locally

Binghamton (WIVT) – A recent agricultural study conducted by Broome County showed an increased interest in producing hops used in beer by local farmers. Let’s take a closer look at how local farming and production could impact ever-growing breweries in our area. In January of 2013, Governor Cuomo passed an act that would give licenses… Read More

New York’s craft beer industry brews 59 percent growth in one year

ALBANY, N.Y. –– New York State’s craft beer industry grew 59 percent from 2013 to 2014, producing an economic impact totaling $3.5 billion, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced in a news release Thursday. The state’s craft beer industry directly employs more than 6,500 people while supporting another 4,800 jobs in related industries. That includes suppliers, distributors,… Read More