What's on tap in Central New York

Beer Tourism Getting a Lift in Central New York

Everyone knows about the wineries of the Finger Lakes; now there’s a big push to make their neighbors to the East famous for breweries. An initiative called Brew Central has mounted an aggressive campaign to highlight breweries, cideries, distilleries and even hop farms in the rolling hills Madison, Onondaga, Broome, Schoharie, Otsego and Oneida counties… Read More

Our NY: Saranac Thursdays brings beer, music, company

When the air starts to warm and the sun blesses us with its rays a few moments longer each day, New Yorkers shake off the winter chill and think, “Ah, summer.” For those in the Utica area, summer has another meaning: Another season of Saranac Thursdays. For a dozen or so weeks out of the… Read More

Main Street brewery offers local flavor

Small-batch brewing has gained popularity and with the opening of Roots Brewing Company on Main Street in Oneonta, local residents can taste innovative microbrews. Partners Jason Parrish and Russell Scimeca have been brewing beer for years. Parrish, who holds a doctoral degree in chemistry from Purdue University, worked as the head of product development at… Read More

Oneida County Community Helps Harvest Hops

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. — For some, craft beer is a culture. That’s why so many volunteers were willing and eager to spend their Sunday picking hops. “I love going on Brewery tours, you learn something new every time,” said AnnMarie Inman, a volunteer. “And I wanted to come here and help my local brewery.” While… Read More

Binghamton Brewing Co. opens its doors

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Binghamton Brewing Company joins several other local farm breweries. Kristen Lyons and her husband Jason Gardner have wanted to open a brewery for years. Their dream became a reality with some help from the state. “The Farm Brewery License allows us to not only be a micro-brewery and sell… Read More

Binghamton Brewing Co. to open in JC on Aug. 16

JOHNSON CITY – Kristen Lyons and Jason Gardner volunteered at Brewery Ommegang’s Belgium Comes to Cooperstown celebration in 2004, which served as the couple’s first in-depth exposure to craft beer. But on Saturday — day two of this year’s Belgium Comes to Cooperstown — Lyons and Gardner will serve their own craft beer at the… Read More

Galaxy Brewery to Appear in National Ad Campaign

Galaxy Brewing Company is going to be receiving national attention. The company, which is located on Court Street in downtown Binghamton, will appear in the Brew Central print ad campaign, which will be in some of the country’s premier beer magazines, including Beer Advocate, Beer Connoisseur and All About Beer. Recently, ABC Creative Group, based… Read More

The Buzz: Craft brewing raises profile in area, beyond

Craft brewing is taking off in the Southern Tier, and it’s garnering national attention and benefiting nonprofits. Reporter Jon Harris profiled the growing industry in a July 22 article that highlighted Binghamton’s Water Street Brewing Co. and Galaxy Brewing Company. There’s more on the way, with Binghamton Brewing Co. expected to open Aug. 16 in… Read More

Binghamton realizes craft beer boom

The region’s economy is tapping into the craft beer boom. There are two breweries in Binghamton — Water Street Brewing Co. and Galaxy Brewing Company — and others scattered across the community. “It’s an additional aspect that makes downtown Binghamon more attractive,” Mayor Richard David said. “In the past, our success was kind of determined… Read More

State forms craft-brewer work group to develop ideas to expand the industry

A new craft-brewer work group will pursue recommendations on ways that New York’s craft-beer industry can pursue additional growth. Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement in a news release distributed on Thursday. The workgroup, which is a direct result of the second wine, beer, spirits and cider summit, will consist of representatives from the craft-beverage… Read More

New Brewery Opens in Schoharie County

The Green Wolf Brewing Company is believed to be the first brewery in Schoharie County.  The first batches of Green Wolf Beer are already in the works using local ingredients. According to owner Justin Behan, the brewery plans to launch with six different varieties, and base the permanent additions off of the favorites. The beer… Read More