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NYC Beer Week – Empire Collaboration Brew





Last October, 5 friends got together at a a beer event in Brooklyn, and thought,  “We should all brew a beer together, how much fun would that be?!”

Let us introduce you to four of NYC’s most notable craft beer bars and the women who run them: Katherine–The Blind Tiger;  Jen–The Spring Lounge;  Anne–The Gingerman; and Hayley–Taproom 307.

Recently, they joined Empire Brand Manager Olivia Cerio, Brewmaster Tim Butler, and Brewer Nat TenEyck here in Syracuse to work together in our brewery to create this collaboration beer to be released during NYC Craft Beer Week (Feb 21- Mar 2).


They went to the drawing board and came up with a chocolate chili stout brewed with dark cocoa nibs and a very special chili blend. They named the beer Sweet Fire and that’s exactly what it is! The silky smooth chocolate is finished with a slight heat, which is both surprising and delightful.

Since the day Empire started distributing in NYC, all four of these bars have been extremely loyal supporters. We wanted to do something special for them and with them. We couldn’t have imagined a better partnership than with these 4 great people and their amazing bars! This collaboration truly embodies the spirit of craft beer, friendship and community. We can’t wait to share the results with all of you!

Keep an eye out for Sweet Fire on tap at all 5 locations, starting Friday February 21st.

Taproom 307 – 307 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

The Blind Tiger – 281 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

The Spring Lounge – 48 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

The Gingerman – 11 E 36th St, New York, NY 10016

and (of course!) here at our brewpub in Syracuse – 120 Walton St, Syracuse, NY 13202

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