A stone’s throw from upstate, Binghamton, New York you’ll find the small municipality of Port Crane. It was here, on the banks of the Chenango River, that we were introduced to Beer Tree Brew Co. It was also where we first learned of the state-specific, and oddly confusing, Farm Brewery Law…which we will sidebar quickly to explain, as its relevance during our Central NY beer travels was made routinely apparent:

Under the law, in order to receive a “Farm Brewery” license in New York State: the brewery’s beer must be made primarily from locally grown farm products. The schedule for the license is as follows: From January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2023, no less than 60% of the hops and 60% of all other ingredients must be grown in New York State. From January 1, 2024, no less than 90% of the hops and 90% of all other ingredients must be grown in New York State.

So, just to clarify, that does not mean the brewery has to indeed be on a farm or part of a functioning farm operation, rather it is more about the commitment to local ingredients. With all that said, Beer Tree is more “farm” than others, since it was the family’s hop farm that spawned the brewery’s beginnings altogether. Co-founder and Head Brewer Brendan Harder explained to us, on our visit … Read more