What's on tap in Central New York

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


We’re excited for you to try Joemmegang, the newest beer in our Brewmaster’s Obsession series. We think that it’s a perfect marriage of coffee, beer, and chocolate. The beer begins as a malty brown ale, comprised of Belgian aroma, caramel malts, and oats. A bit of lactose adds body and some sweetness, and a heaping… Read More

Score! Brewery Ommegang is Bringing Back “The 90s” When Belgium Comes to Cooperstown This Summer

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) This August, beer fans can break out their long-forgotten mixed tapes, windbreakers, and “Pulp Fiction” references for their pilgrimage to Cooperstown. That’s because “Belgium Comes to Cooperstown,” Brewery Ommegang’s beer, music, food, and all-things-fun fest is returning August 7 and 8 with a “90s” theme. The annual festival offers beer enthusiasts the opportunity… Read More

Hopped Hennepin Series

It occurred to us at the brewery that when we trialed hops for evaluation on the pilot system, that Hennepin, our saison, might make a great base beer. We were right. The malt base of Hennepin is light on its feet, it’s got adequate body from the relatively high ABV, and it finishes crisp and dry.… Read More

Hamilton Brewery Prepares for Massive Expansion

HAMILTON, N.Y.– A brewery in Hamilton is looking to expand after starting its company a few years ago. The company was started in 2012 by married couple Matt Whalen and Carrie Blackmore. The couple has roots in the farming and culinary fields, and is now putting that experience to good use, brewing beer from ingredients… Read More

A Honey of a Plan

Five years ago, Greg Wilhelm, like many New Yorkers, started brewing beer at home.  “I was interested in using as many ingredients as I could produce myself,” he said.  So he began growing hops and fruit plants as ingredients for his beer brewing, but what turned the hobby into a serious business possibility was his… Read More