What's on tap in Central New York

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

Brewery Ommegang to launch its first-ever IPA for Tri-state heartland

Cooperstown, NY — Tri-State hop-heads are about to discover an entirely new state of being. This April, Brewery Ommegang will launch Nirvana IPA, its first-ever American-style India Pale Ale, across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Long-known for its highly imaginative Belgian-style beers, Ommegang continues its recent endeavors into hoppy beers with Nirvana IPA, laddering… Read More

Owera wins double gold, silver medals at San Francisco Wine Competition

Cazenovia — For the second time in two years, Cazenovia’s Owera Vineyards has won two medals at the annual San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Out of 6,417 entries from more than 1,500 wineries from over 28 states in America — in what is billed as the largest competition of wines in America — Owera received… Read More

Attention Grows for Craft Brew Tourism in Central New York

A state Market NY grant recently secured by Oneida County Tourism will infuse the Central New York Vacation Region’s Brew Central initiative with $500,000 to grow the tourism campaign over the next two years. Part of New York state’s five-year strategic plan to support economic development, the grant focuses on influential projects capable of encouraging… Read More

Central New York Holiday: From Breweries to Baseball

By Victoria Shepherd I arrived at the Brewster Inn in Cazenovia late in the evening, so was unsure as to what I would see from my bedroom window when I awoke. Drawing back the curtains the next morning, I was greeted with a marvellous view of Cazenovia Lake, made complete by the rolling colourful hillside in… Read More