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Empire Brewing Company strives to become as green a company as possible. Some of our initiatives include:

  • sending the spent grains from the brewing process to a local livestock company for livestock feed
  • reusing our spent fry oil as livestock feed and for bio-diesel conversion
  • implementing a recycling separation program
  • using biodegradable paper products
  • integrating the use of eco-friendly detergents and cleaning supplies
  • replacing old equipment with Energy Star rated products
  • creating a waste minimization program in food preparation
  • composting with the Onondaga County Recovery Agency diverts over 50% of our waste away from landfills, to nutrient rich earth


Executive Chef Matt Riddett dutiful composting in the Empire kitchen.

Executive Chef Matt Riddett dutifully composting in the Empire kitchen.

Renewable Energy

Empire was the first business in Central New York to use 100% New York State produced renewable energy, provided by our friends at Blue Rock Energy.


Local Ingredients

Empire uses locally-sourced businesses and agricultural producers whenever possible. We have been awarded Slow Food of Central New York‘s Snail of Approval.

Slow Food CNY Snail of Approval
Beak and Skiff – Lafayette
The Bineyard – Cazenovia
Black Button Distilling – Rochester
Blue Rock Energy – Syracuse
Bostrom Farm – Pennyan
Café Kubal – Syracuse
Critz Farms – Cazenovia
Delaney Farms – Syracuse
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que – Syracuse
Emmi & Sons – Baldwinsville
Foothill Hops Farm – Munnesville
Gianelli – North Syracuse
Greyrock Farm – Cazenovia
Grower’s Cooperative – Westfield
Hosmer Winery – Ovid
Kimberly’s Ice Cream – Manlius
Life Of Riley Distilling & Wine Co. – Cazenovia
Lynnie Lynne’s Gluten Free Bakery – Fayetteville
Mariah Elk Farm – Cortland
Meadowood Farms – Cazenovia
Meadows Farm – Cazenovia
Monarch Farm – Scott
NY Bakery – Syracuse
Owera Vineyards – Cazenovia
Queensboro Dairy Farms – Canastota
Sprout it Out Loud Farm – Cazenovia
Thorpapiary – Cazenovia
Turner Farms – Weedsport