This ale is bold, hoppy, and complex with chocolate and roasted malts adding a full malty character. The strong American hops balance the beer with an aggressive bitterness, followed by a fruity hop flavor and a full hop aroma. We use Nugget and Amarillo hops, and it is dry hopped with Falconers Flight.
Strong, rich, hoppy and smooth, our Barley Wine is an American version with a high alcohol kick. Flavors of malt sweetness are quickly balanced by an assertive hop bitterness. Hop flavor and aroma are present as well, and the beer finishes with a fruity contribution from our house ale yeast.
Black Magic Stout
A traditional dry Irish stout, carbonated with nitrogen (it pours very much like a Guinness). Dry roasted flavors are prominent, with hints of chocolate and coffee on the finish.
A light, crisp pilsner base flavored with blueberry puree and served with fresh blueberries afloat. This fruited ale is tart, refreshing, and very drinkable.
Full-bodied and dry, this stout has the flavor of fresh black cherries. It starts with chocolate and roasted barley flavors, and then finishes with a subtle cherry note. Tastes like a chocolate-covered cherry.
Chocolate Chili Stout
This beer has a tantalizing chocolate flavor and a heat that creeps onto the palate and builds into a beautiful balance of sweetness and hotness. 8.5% ABV
Chocolate Mint Stout
Brewed for the holiday season, this stout was made with dark Belgian chocolate, fresh mint leaves, and six specialty malts. This brew starts with the aroma of fresh peppermint, followed by the robust flavor of the chocolate, and finishes with a minty balance.
Empire Cream Ale is carbonated with nitrogen so it cascades as it pours. This golden pub style ale has an extremely smooth mouthfeel, and a crisp hop flavor.
Critz's Apple Ale is an American wheat beer with apple cider added prior to fermentation for a fresh, tart apple taste. The cider is produced by Critz Farm in Cazenovia.
This has a Pilsner base and is brewed with the addition of NYS Concord grapes. It is fruity, tart & dry, w/ a dark purple color & huge grape aroma.
A delicious Brown Ale made with American hops & combined with some of the finest English specialty malts available. Rich coffee, chocolate, and toffee notes are balanced nicely with the fruity hops.
Our Saison is brewed to reflect the Belgian tradition. Unfiltered, hazy, spicy and earthy, this is extremely refreshing.
Empire State Pale Ale
This ale features an earthy hop note to round out the crisp and refreshing flavor of the Pale Ale. This brew is made with 100% New York State grown Cascade hops from Foothill Hops Farm in Munnsville, NY (Madison County).
A Belgian style Golden Ale spiced with locally grown organic Thai Basil. Light in color and medium bodied, this beer is herbaceous and surprisingly balanced.
Harvest Moon Raspberry Cider
Critz Farms' hard apple cider made with fresh raspberries. Sweet, tart, and light bodied.
A German-style unfiltered wheat beer brewed with authentic German yeast and malts. Banana and clove flavors are present, followed by a refreshing finish.
Empire Hop Harvest is an American style Pale Ale made with 100% NYS wet hops. This beer has a strong fresh hop flavor and aroma with a balancing hop bitterness.
India Pale Ale
Our American IPA, hopped heavily w/ 6 kettle additions of Falconers Flight. It has a citrus aroma and a bright earthy flavor, with just the right amount of malt balance.
Bocks and Doppelbocks are German-style lagers, usually released in the spring in celebration of the new season. Strong, full bodied and somewhat sweet, this beer was fermented with a traditional German lager yeast strain for over eight weeks.
Liv & Let Rye
30% Rye malts give this IPA a spicy, peppery kick. The hops include: Nugget, Citra, and Falconers Flight.
Empire's collaboration brew with Syracuse neighbor Cafe Kubal. This Scotch Ale is infused with a custom blend of Guatemalan beans. The coffee notes compliment the slight sweetness of the style very nicely.
Pure amber maple syrup from Critz' Farms in Cazenovia rounds out the flavor of this traditional Dry Porter. It has a subtle aroma of maple syrup and just the right amount of sweetness.
This is a German style dark lager brewed with German pilsner, Munich, and Carafa Malts. Lagered for six weeks with a German lager yeast, it is crisp, clean, and malty with a hint of Nobel hops.
An unfiltered Belgian Golden ale, spiced with purple basil grown on the farms at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Tarrytown, New York.
Roasted Pumpkin Ale
Our pumpkin ale is made with 250 lbs of pumpkins from Critz Farm in Cazenovia. The pumpkins are seeded, cut into pieces and roasted in our ovens until caramelized. They are dded into the mash, infusing the roasted pumpkin flavor into the beer. It is then lightly spiced with 5 traditional pumpkin pie spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and clove.
Made with a traditional Scottish Ale yeast, this beer is sweet, strong, and rich, while maintaining an extremely balanced character.
Skinny Atlas Kolsch
This one time World Beer Cup winner and four time Great American Beer Festival winner, Skinny Atlas Light is named for Central New York's Skaneateles Lake from which Empire draws its brewing water. Pale yellow in color, this Kolsch ale has the flavor of a light German pilsner, crossed w/ the crisp cleanness you might find in an American Ale.
Porter brewed with the addition of a German smoked malt. Medium bodied with a hint of smoke on the finish, this beer pairs well with BBQ and meat dishes.
This is a traditional German style Mai-Bock. These beers are brewed toward the end of winter for spring release. This is a true lager, made with German lager yeast and fermented for six weeks. The flavors are malt forward with a medium body, finishing with a dry peppery flavor that is derived from the hops.
A unique beer--a cross between a Belgian farmhouse ale and a Belgian tripel. Tart like a farmhouse ale, sweet and strong like a tripel.
Empire Summer Ale is a Pilsner Style Ale made with 100% German Pilsner malt, and German Noble hops. It has a crisp clean flavor, and finishes with a hint of citrus from dried lemon peel that was steeped in the brew after the boil.
This innovative and one of a kind East meets West beer is a truly unique experience. Combining American Craft brewing techniques with the history and precision of the Jing Wei Fu Tea producers (Southern Shaanxi in China), we've created a beer like no other. NYS Chinook hops and our house ale yeast start this beer off with fruity aroma. The flavors are then a blend of subtle malt and a full earthy tea flavor with a dry finish. 6% ABV
Made with 100% NYS grown hops and malt. 50% organic wheat and 50% barley malted at Valley Maltsters.
White Aphrodisiac, or White "Aphro" is a Belgian style unfiltered Wit Ale brewed with wheat malt, lemon peel, ginger, and lavender and is fermented with a traditional Belgian yeast strain.