What's on tap in Central New York

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

Water Street Brewing Launches Charity Pint Night

Starting this month, a local bar is brewing up a new way to help charities in Greater Binghamton. Water Street Brewing Company in downtown Binghamton has recently launched a Charity Pint Night with the motto, “Drink well, Do good.” Every Wednesday, 50 cents of each pint sold will be donated to help local charity. The… Read More

Happy Birthday to Brew!

Brew Central launched one year ago, when it set out on its mission to tell the “Stories on Tap in Central New York” with profiles of the area’s breweries, pubs, cideries, distilleries and wineries. Tapping into the ever-growing national craft beer market and burgeoning craft spirit scene, Brew Central highlights the one-time hop capital of… Read More

New Canastota Brewery Mixes Local Ingredients with Local History

In the 19th century, hops were the staple crop of Central New York; and Madison County was actually known as the “Hops Capital of the United States.” Prohibition, plus a killer hops fungus, decimated the county’s agricultural pride — but in recent years beer-making has made a comeback in CNY in general, and in Madison… Read More

First CNY Bourbon Product of State’s Craft Distillery Initiatives

The bourbon being produced at a Utica distillery is being described as the first legal bourbon produced in Central New York. It’s proof that the craft liquor industry is growing in New York state. The Adirondack Distilling Company started out by crafting vodka. Then they moved to gin and, most recently, white whiskey. Now, master… Read More

Critz Farms/Harvest Moon Cidery Establishes New Cider Apple Orchard

Farmers in Madison County are busy with the planting season, and Critz Farms is no exception. Christmas trees, pumpkins, corn and flowers are consistently on the list, but this year, they are investing in the apple and cider side of the business. The Critzes are establishing a second apple orchard on their Rt. 13 farm… Read More

Game of Thrones Fans Select Fourth Beer in Brewery Ommegang Series

In the world of Westeros, Valar Morghulis means “all men must die.” Fans of the hit HBO show decided that “all men must drink” as well when they voted the foreboding phrase as the name of the newest beer in the Game of Thrones collaboration between HBO and Brewery Ommegang as part of a late… Read More

Truly Local (and Sustainable) Craft Beer from Empire Brewing Company

You’d think brewing great beer that people love would be enough for any brewer. But not for David Katleski, founder of Syracuse, New York-based Empire Brewing Company. Katleski wants his beer to do more – from reducing his brewery’s environmental impact and supporting local businesses, to creating jobs and problem-solving the way to better beer.… Read More