This news release came from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office:
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Aug. 12 encouraged New Yorkers to “Taste NY” as a
great way to experience the craft beers of over 100 breweries that make
up the ever growing craft beer industry in New York.
The New York State Brewers Association provides a user-friendly brewers map of New York and a list of breweries as well as a calendar of craft beer events. USA Today recently ranked New York 8th on its “Top Ten Best Craft Brew States in America” list.
Some of the unique craft breweries include Empire Brewing Company in Syracuse, Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown with its Belgian-style ales, F.X. Matt Brewing Company in Utica, which is the 8th largest craft brewery in the US and the largest in New York, and Brooklyn Brewery,
whose brewmasters and founders have penned a number of books about
brewing and brews, are among the state’s well-known breweries with fans
across the state, the country, and in some cases, around the world.
CENTRAL NEW YORK
In Central New York, Good Nature Brewing in Hamilton presents an annual Artist Series of specialty ales bottled with label designs by local artists, and Cave Mountain Brewing Company
in Windham offers seasonal specialties such as Blueberry Stout, Peach
Wheat, Chai Milk Stout and Guru Gluten-Free Pale Ale to its traditional
brew list. And in the Catskills, Trout Town American Amber Ale will be
the first brew from the new Roscoe Beer Company in Roscoe, a.k.a. Trout Town.
Syracuse has three breweries just minutes apart. The Empire Brewing Company
focuses on using fresh, locally sourced ingredients in both its
restaurant and its craft beers and lagers such as Empire Cream Ale,
Empire Amber Ale and Empire IPA.
A few blocks away, the Middle Ages Brewing Company
brews handcrafted ales in small batches in the fashion of medieval
England using imported English two-row malted barley. A life-size suit
of armor in its stone-lined castle hallway and brews with names like
Dragonslayer, Druid Fluid Grail Ale, ImPaled Ale and Tripel Crown adds
to the medieval mood.
Nearby, the Syracuse Suds Factory
continuously brews seven different beers on premises: Weizen, Sweet
Stout, Irish Red, Black Cherry Lambic, Honey Light Ale, Pale Ale and
Brown Ale and its pub features an extensive beer menu.
The region also is rolling out new brews to include Outdoor Harvest Ale from Ithaca Beer in Ithaca that will be using hops fresh from the vine to create an intensely flavorful American Pale draft this August.
Cooperstown Brewing Company, which brews premium ales, porters and stouts using two-row English barley malts, West Coast hops and English Ringwood Yeast; Butternuts Beer & Ale, whose ingredients include hops and wheat grown on its 120 acre farm; and Brewery Ommegang,
known for its award-winning, Belgian-style ales, distributed in 45
states and Sweden, and getting special attention this year with its new
Iron Throne ale, licensed in partnership with HBO’s Game of Thrones.
The Central New York Vacation Region also invites craft brew enthusiasts
across the nation to find out “What’s on tap” in a collaborative
tourism initiative launched today. The six-county Brew Central brings
together the tastes, traditions and stories behind craft beer, hard
cider and spirits in Central New York. Visitors can start their journey
Just over a century ago, Greater Binghamton, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga,
Otsego and Schoharie counties represented the hop capital of the
country. Brew Central puts the region back on the map with a growing
constellation of more than 30 breweries, craft-centric pubs, cideries,
distilleries and wineries.
Visit http://www.brewcentralny.com, like http://www.facebook.com/BrewCentralNY and follow @BrewCentralNY on Twitter to find out “What’s on tap in Central New York."
WESTERN NEW YORK
In addition to tasting rooms and tours, many New York microbreweries
have their own brew pubs, often known for their quality farm-to-table
Many of the venues are experiences in their own right. In the
Greater Niagara region, the new Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company
in Wilson invites diners to eat brick oven pizzas and a sample a flight
of beers while sitting at a former freight elevator-turned-table in a
converted cold storage apple warehouse.
Ellicottville Brewing Company in Ellicottville and Fredonia has received
more than three International World Beer Championship Awards for its
hand-crafted brews. The brewery offers innovative
and inspired menus and will soon have a brand new brewhouse.
Long known for its quality wines, New York’s Finger Lakes region also
has the largest concentrations of craft breweries in the state.
the Finger Lakes Beer Trail
website lists nearly 50 existing craft breweries and brew pubs in the
region with more in the planning stages. The site also suggests a choice
of a long and a short one-day itinerary taking in some of the area’s
top craft breweries.
More suggested itineraries and breweries can be
found here: http://fingerlakesbeertrail.com/content/itineraries.
Plus, new brews are always being rolled out. Some of the interesting developments in the Finger Lakes include Lager-Rhythm, by Horseheads Brewing in Horseheads, brewed with yeast and hops imported from the Czech Republic and the Smokin' Hop IPA from Rooster Fish Brewing in Watkins Glen, made with hops smoked with cherry and maple woods.
A scenic day trip, the Seneca-Keuka Lakes Loop
visits seven different breweries, covering 120 miles roundtrip. Located
on Three Brothers Winery and Estates on the shores of Seneca Lake in
Geneva, War Horse Brewing Company
offers unusual flavors such as a Riesling Ale that combines Riesling
juice with an American Wheat Beer, as well as more traditional varieties
like an East Coast Amber and American Black Lager.
winery-brewery combination, Wagner Valley Brewing Co.
on Seneca Lake in Lodi uses an imported German brewing system to create
six standard brews, and visitors can taste everything from its Dockside
Amber Lager to Caywood Station Oatmeal Stout plus seasonal specialties.
Overlooking Seneca Lake, Two Goats Brewing Co.
In Hector takes features a blond dopplebock (which translates as double
goat) along with varieties like an IPA, Goat Master Ultra Pale Ale and
an Oatmeal Stout.
Continuing to Watkins Glen, the trail takes in the Rooster Fish Brewery,
which serves its fine craft ales at the Crooked Rooster Brewpub and the
Wildflower Café, known for its beer pairing menu suggestions.
Hammondsport, the Finger Lakes Beer Company
offers tours on non-brewing days, a tasting room with large windows
into the brewery, and growler fills as well as bottles of its Aviator
Wheat, Newton's Pale Ale, Copperline Ale and Hammonds-Porter Vanilla
The tasting room at the Keuka Brewing Co
overlooks Keuka Lake, offering a wide array of premium ales including
their White Cap Wazz-berry, White Cap Wheat and Briglin Road Red.
While not an organized itinerary, the Adirondacks are also a fun and
scenic place for brewery hopping.
Glens Falls has two breweries. Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery uses an authentic brick kettle brew system from England to create its traditional IPA and other brews, and the pub at Cooper's Cave Ale Company offers a variety of ales on tap along with hand-crafted sodas and ice cream.
Nearby, in Lake George, the Adirondack Pub & Brewery
offers twelve beers on tap, including its award-winning Bear Naked Ale,
and a fascinating brewery tour. A bit farther north, the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery has earned national media attention and brews about 300,000 pints a year, placing it in the top 7% of breweries nationwide.
On the shores of eastern New York, award-winning Blue Point Brewing Company
continues to make a name for itself and New York State in the sphere of
brewing. It is consistently among the top breweries in the US, offering
a variety of year-round beers, and several seasonal brews, as well as a
'tasting room' which is open to the public.
Long Island’s Craft Brewery
Guild includes four brew pubs and 13 breweries from Nassau and Suffolk
while its brewery trail also encompasses Brooklyn and Queens.
Some things to be aware of: Most brew pubs offer tasting flights for
purchase, but some serve only pints. Breweries with tasting rooms
usually charge a small fee for tastings ($3 to $5) and require
reservations for groups of six or more. Many do not offer tours daily,
so check in advance.
And most important, wherever you go, use a
designated driver, or better yet, go in style in a town car, limo, or
even a stretch Hummer and leave the driving to somebody else.
information, visit http://www.thinknydrinkny.com and http://www.iloveny.com or follow the conversation on Twitter to follow the Hashtag #BrewNY.