What's on tap in Central New York

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

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