Syracuse’s Empire Brewing Co. Mashes Up a Collaboration for Export to China


Empire Brewing Co. today announced a collaboration that it hopes will allow it to make a product uniquely suited to export to the world’s largest consumer market.

It’s a beer made with with tea produced in China’s Shaanxi province, which Empire eventually hopes to export back to China.

The beer, named Two Dragons, has a mellow, woody aroma and flavor, and finishes with a definite sweet tea-like taste.

For now, the beer is being brewed on a limited basis at Empire’s brewpub in Armory Square. By the fall, it should be under production at the Empire Farmstead Brewery, soon to be under construction in Cazenovia.

The idea grew out of a trip to China taken last year by Empire owner David Katleski, who joined a delegation sponsored by CenterState CEO, a local business development group.