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Brew News: New Styles from the Empire Brewpub



New and old seasonal favorites from the Syracuse Brewpub are on tap now! There is something for all craft beer lovers.

On weekend tours at the Cazenovia Farm Brewery we are often asked if we still brew at our downtown Syracuse location.  The answer is YES!  Our 7 BBL turn-key brew house in downtown Syracuse is in full production, with a capacity of 1200 BBL annually. For those of you who aren’t familiar with BBL (barrels) as a unit of measurement, a standard keg is the equivalent of a ‘half barrel’. A 7BBL batch of beer will generally produce about 12 standard kegs. The 7 BBL brewpub system allows us to experiment with new and unique styles, which we are proud to offer at both of our locations.

What’s the latest from the Brewpub?

Cranbaby Wheat 6.5% ABV.  This Belgian style unfiltered wheat is brewed with a cranberry puree giving it a beautiful pink hue. Lightly hopped and then fermented with a traditional yeast strain, this brew walks the line between sweet and tart, finishing crisp and dry. The style was inspired from the popularity of our Deep Purple, which uses local Concord Grape concentrate from the NYS Finger Lakes region. Common winter styles are often dark, malty, high OG beers. Our brewers wanted to offer a light, crisp seasonal alternative. The Cranbaby Wheat features a cranberry puree, which were harvested in the late fall. Brewery Administrator, Jocelyn Feldmeth, gave us the scoop on recipe and execution: “We used Tim’s [Butler] traditional Belgian Wit recipe, but replaced the spice component with a cranberry puree. We used our house White Aphro yeast, which gives the beer a more tart, sour feel, and added the cranberry during conditioning.” 

Tart and fruity not your jam?  Don’t forget about our popular Togg Grog Ale 7.3% ABV, brewed for Toggenburg Mountain in Fabius NY. This spicy Winter Warmer style ale offers notes of Cardamom and allspice. Patron and Untappd user Ken W gives this beer 4 stars, “I really enjoy the winter spices that round out the dark malty flavor of this beer. Highly recommended,” thanks Ken W!

Brewpub Beer styles on tap now?  Our Draft list is constantly changing so ask your bartender what’s new or follow us @empirebrew for the latest on Empire draft releases.  Our specialties go quick, so stop by and enjoy a fresh pint when you can!

Empire Farm Brewery, Cazenovia, NY:

American Strong Ale 8.5% ABV

Roasted Pumpkin Ale 6.5% ABV

Liv & Let Rye IPA 6.5% ABV

Local Grind 7.2% ABV

Empire Brewpub, Syracuse, NY:

Cranbaby Wheat 6.5% ABV

Togg Grog Ale 7.3% ABV

Lost Dog Pale Ale 5.8% ABV

Liv & Let Rye IPA 6.5% ABV

Local Grind 7.5% ABV

Barley Wine 12.5% ABV


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