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Empire Farm Brewery Groundbreaking – Cazenovia, New York


Empire Farm Brewery Groundbreaking

May 8, 2015


The Empire Farm Brewery broke ground today, in Cazenovia, New York where the 60 BBl brewing/ tasting room facility will soon begin construction. Slated to open in the 4th Quarter of 2015, the Empire Farm Brewery is poised to be the largest Farm Brewery in New York State.  The site will be developed for both educational and beer production purposes.  The property will also grow hops, lavender, vegetables, herbs, and fruits for use in the brewing process and to support the needs of Empire Brewing Company.  An apiary is being developed on the west end of the property to produce hop and lavender honey, which will be used in the brewing process.


The objective of the Empire Farm Brewery is to expand the existing brewing facility and agricultural component of Empire Brewing Company to a stand-alone manufacturing and agritourism facility located on Route 13 in Cazenovia, NY.  Beer manufactured here will be packaged in kegs, bottles and cans for regional and international distribution.  There is also a gift shop and restaurant component that will be open Wednesday through Sunday.  Brewery and beer garden tours will also be available during weekends.  The project will capture the interest of the brewing community, farmers, educators, hop historians, beer geeks, and industries interested in learning from our green business practices.firkinladies

The new brewery is being manufactured by Feldmeier Equipment, Inc.  The system will utilize locally grown feedstock (hops, grains, and other locally sourced products), providing a direct benefit to farmers in Central New York while simultaneously decreasing the company’s carbon footprint.  We will buy NYS manufactured and grown products whenever feasible.  The project construction and manufacturing process will also be designed as “green”.  The company proposes to construct an environmentally friendly facility using green building materials and introduce energy efficient technologies.  The company’s attention to “green” manufacturing will only further serve to differentiate our products and make them uniquely New York.


We are approved for Start-Up NY. Start-Up NY is Governor Cuomo’s groundbreaking initiative, is creating tax-free zones across the state for new and expanding businesses.  In partnership with Morrisville State College, Empire Brewing Company will expand into Empire Farm Brewery which will operate tax-free for 10-years. The College has implemented a new Brewing Studies program and will work directly with Empire’s team to develop, implement and manage the program while educating the students of Morrisville State College with first hand practical business experience with a large scale production brewery.


The design of the Empire Farm Brewery incorporates the historical significance of Madison County’s rich hop growing past while architecturally complimenting the natural elements of the area.  The design is understated and reminiscent of a classic Upstate New York farm while paying homage to local hop barn architecture.  With clarity the aim and renewable material and ambient lighting the accent, it is our goal to create a warm and inviting environment that blend with our landscape and our community.  Kurt Ofer, of Altonview Architects, has designed the facility. Mr. Ofer is credited for the architectural design of Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY, and is working directly with Empire, SUNY ESF, and other consultants to produce a world-class brewery. The tasting room, retail space, restaurant, cellar and office are being designed by Ashley Freund Interiors. An early 19th century barns have been decommissioned for reuse in the tasting room. And bricks for Syracuse’s original Haberle Brewery will be incorporated throughout the facility.