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Girl Scout Cookie Beer Pairing 2018

Join Empire Brewing Company for our 3rd annual Girl Scout Cookie Pairing! Each cookie has been thoughtfully paired with a 6oz pour of one of Empire’s tasty handcrafted brews that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. The fun starts at the Syracuse brewpub on Monday, March 19th.

Local Grind paired with a S’more
Black Magic Stout paired with a Thin Mint
Tog Grog paired with a Samoa
Cream Ale paired with a Trefoil
White Aphro paired with a Savannah Smile
Deep Purple paired with a Tagalong

This tasty pairing is only available while supplies last, indulge your sweet tooth and head to the Syracuse brewpub! See you there.

Particle City

Empire Brewing Company limited releases Particle City for the first time in 16oz cans!

Empire Brewing Company released Particle City at both their Farm and Brewpub on March 1. Back by popular demand, this brew made its debut in January of 2017. It’s local success on draft and rave reviews from brew fests throughout New York made it an obvious candidate for a specialty-canned brand. Still coasting off the demand from last year, the majority of Empire’s Particle City can inventory was presold to Wegmans, but the local supermarket chain didn’t stop there. Over 50 Wegmans representatives actually came out to Cazenovia on February 27th, 2018 for “Empire Beer School” and lent a hand on the packaging line. Particle City will be available at most Wegmans locations throughout New York as part of their Freshest Beer Program.

North Eastern Style IPAs, widely referred to as a New England Style IPA or NEIPA, have been gaining attention for years. In May of 2017, Beer Advocate called NEIPA an “official style”, as they had undoubtedly become an integral player in the mainstream craft market. Recognizing the rising popularity, Empire’s Director of Brewing Operations, Tim Butler, decided to throw his hat in the ring and developed Empire first NEIPA recipe.

“A ton of research went into this beer from small batch to the 90 Bbl batch that we brewed for this launch.” Brewer Tim Butler recalls. “Particle City was brewed with healthy 5 lbs. of hops per barrel, which is our highest hop/beer ratio to date. I knew from the first sip out of the fermenter that Particle City was destined to be a hit. It was exactly what I wanted, we really nailed it.”

If you expect this hop bomb to be super bitter, think again. Known for their bright hop aroma and citrus flavors, North Eastern IPA’s are not as bitter as you might think. Bittering hops, which give a bitter hop flavor, are added early on at the very beginning of the boil. “I really backed off the bittering hops with Particle City,” Tim explained. “Instead, I focused on introducing the hops in the whirlpool and as late dry hop additions.”

The resulting brew is aromatic and bright, with tropical flavors and a big juicy mouth-feel that only Citra and Mosaic hops can deliver. New York State flaked oats, late whirlpool additions and a three stage dry hop give this unmistakable North Eastern style IPA an iridescent haze but don’t be alarmed, it’s just Particle City. 8% ABV


Sweet Fire 2018

At a Brooklyn beer event in October of 2014, 5 friends decided to join forces in a unique beer collaboration by beer industry women. The brew was so successful that the tradition has continued each year since!

This year the Sweet Fire women were invited back to Central New York to brew on Empire’s state of the art, production style brewery at a quantity for mass distribution in kegs throughout New York State.

Brewery Administrator, Jocelyn Feldmeth, gives us the scoop on the brew: “Being able to brew the Sweet Fire was an amazing experience and I am happy to have been apart of it.  We brought together women from all over New York State to take part in the brewing process of this unique beer.  Our day started off with mashing in our base malt and specialty grains alongside brew master Tim Butler.  Tim showed us all the ropes of the brewing process and let each of us take a hand making this imperial stout.  It was a pleasure to work along side him.  Learning how to brew on such a larger scale system compared to brewing on a much smaller scale at our Syracuse brewpub location was fascinating.

Our additions of the five chili spice blend and coca nibs brought the perfect amount of chocolate sweetness on the initial taste with the chili powder giving it a fiery finish.  I am proud to be a part of this all-women craft brew.  I am grateful to Empire Brewing Company for making my dreams of being a brewer come true.  In a male dominated industry, our Sweet Fire Stout shows that women with ambition and innovative ideas can bring something new and exciting to the table.”

Sweet Fire is an imperial stout that is brewed and fermented with cocoa nibs and a special chili blend, giving it a tantalizing chocolate aroma and flavor with a heat that creeps onto the palate and builds into a beautiful balance of sweetness and spice, 8.2% ABV. The liquid is available at a limited release while supplies last.

We are proud to introduce these amazing women in craft, and this year’s Sweet Fire brewsters;

  • Jen Keppard- Buffalo Tap House & Grill
  • Erin Hopkins- Vestal Ale House
  • Carolyn- Stag’s Head Ale House
  • Carissa Monahan- Branching Out Bottle Shop, Camillus
  • Amy- Wegmans, Canandaigua
  • Kate Amos, Blue Smoke, NYC
  • Sidney Stehle, Empire Brewing Co, NYC
  • Kim Killagrew, The Beehive Brewpub, Canandaigua
  • Tracy Sidmore, The Beehive Brewpub, Canandaigua
  • Jocelyn Feldmeth, Empire Brewing Co
  • Tiffany Rogers, Empire Brewing Co
  • Lindsay Rich, 1911 Established, Rochester

Cheers to you ladies, and thanks for the pure liquid!


NY’s Latest Craft Collab, Smoke N’ Shadows

Pictured left to right, Tim Butler, Ethan Cox & Ryan Delmer

Later this week, millions of people will be tuning in to see what Puxatony Phil thinks about the weather. This Groundhog Day, Empire Brewing Company and Community Beer Works take the pressure off groundhogs everywhere with a promise everyone can look forward to.

Longtime friends and fellow NY brewers from Empire Brewing Co and Community Beer Works have joined forces to bring you New York’s latest craft collaboration, Smoke N’ Shadows, available this Groundhog Day. Munich and Vienna malts were hand-smoked with cherry wood in Empire’s on-site smoker for three days. The smoked malts were then blended with other specialty malts to give this rich porter a smooth, subtle, smoky flavor.

Community Beer Works is NY’s first nano brewery, making (really good) beer in (very) small batches since 2012. They believe that if they build community in all the things they do, good things will happen. Empire Brewing Company was founded in the heart of downtown Syracuse in 1994 but has since expanded to become the largest Farm Brewery on the east coast, recently named judges’ choice for ‘Best Brewery in Upstate NY, 2017’. Far from fair-weather friends, the collaboration between Empire Brewing Co and Community Beer Works is a demonstration of the brotherhood of brewers. Hard work, perseverance and passion are industry standards.

Founder and “Main Instigator” of Community Beer Works in Buffalo, NY, Ethan Cox, sheds some light on the origin of the collaboration: “Dave and I have been friends for a long time and we both serve on the NYSBA board. We have always talked about doing a collaboration together but it got serious when the Empire Farm Brewery in Cazenovia opened. I love how the idea evolved, Tim Butler stepped up to say ‘I want to smoke some malt, we have a killer smoker at the farm’, and that was the cherry on top.”

Ethan Cox and Head of Brewing Operations, Ryan Delmer, joined Empire’s founder, David Katleski, and Director of Brewing Operations, Tim Butler, at the Empire Farm Brewery mid-January for the first 50BBL batch of Smoke N’ Shadows.

“It’s fun to work with these guys and get them in-house.” Tim Butler said of his buddies at Community Beer Works. “It’s been a longtime coming for us, anticipated for many years over many beers.”

Demler agrees, adding that they’ve been, “Talking about opportunities and always looking forward to the collaboration. Tim and I have drunkenly joked about it for years!”

Thirsty yet? The Smoke N’ Shadows collaboration will be made available this Groundhog Day, regardless of the forecast. Look for this limited release on draft in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse. Don’t miss out, the liquid won’t last long!

Consider Beer to Pair with your Thanksgiving Feast

There’s one thing we can all be thankful for this holiday: beer. Beer can be great to drink along with your Thanksgiving meal. We’ve got you covered with some great suggestions that will pair well with the first course to the final bite.

When you arrive for Thanksgiving kick things off with something that won’t overwhelm your taste buds such as Skinny Atlas Light. This beer is both refreshing and light, making it a great beer to get the party started right.

Turkey Time: Slo Mo’ IPA can be the perfect complement to your turkey. It also pairs perfectly with sides like mashed potatoes and green bean casserole.

If IPA’s aren’t your thing, East Coast Amber provides just the right balance of English Malt and American hops to bring out the flavor in your turkey.

When it comes to dessert, there’s nothing like the Black Magic Stout, it features dry roasted flavors, hints of chocolate and coffee on the finish that pairs perfectly with that pumpkin pie or apple crisp a la mode for an unforgettable end to your meal.

Not the dessert type? Have a pint of Deep Purple, it can be the best way to end your Thanksgiving feast. The flavors are dry yet fruit forward, with a dark purple color and huge grape aroma. Kick back with a cold one!

Are you thirsty yet? Pick up these brews at your local Wegmans, Tops, Target or swing by the Syracuse brewpub or the Empire Farm Brewery in Cazenovia. Cheers to you, and we hope you have a very happy holiday!

Thanksgiving Craft Beer Recipes

Beer? We put that in everything! This Thanksgiving, consider brining your turkey in beer, for a tender and juicy turkey.

If you’re looking for more ways to incorporate beer into your Thanksgiving feast, here’s a recipe that is sure to land you a spot at the adult table!

A Buzzworthy Year in the E-piary


It has been one year with our honey bee neighbors at the Empire Farm Brewery and also an eventful year filled with high, lows and honey! As a tribute to our queens and worker bees here’s the Buzz on our 2017 season in the E-piary.

“Winter is coming” is nothing to laugh about in the beekeeping world. Our five hives went into winter equipped with boxes full of honey, in the northwest corner of our property, wrapped in roofing paper to help with insulation. Our winter in CNY this year was inconsistent and the constant changes in temperature left our bees with a slim chance for survival.

With a 50% overwinter failure rate for honey bees in NYS we were victims to those statistics. Out of the 5 hives from last season we ended up with 2 living hives, but luckily we knew that they were the strongest. Now a few months into our warmer weather you can see the two hives filled with honey reaching close to five feet high! Extraction will take place sometime in August and honey will be divided between the brewery, kitchen and a small amount for retail sale for interested customers.

We were also able to preform a split from one of the hives, this is the act of taking young larvae or eggs from one hive along with worker bees and honey to start a new colony. After the split the queen-less hive was transported over 2 miles from our farm brewery so the worker bees inside would not be able to find their old hive. Once they realize they are without a queen and far from their previous hive it is time to get to work on raising a new queen. Worker bees create larger queen cells around existing eggs and feed them copious amounts of royal jelly. Royal jelly is fed to all eggs but the amount fed to a future queen triggers the development of her reproductive parts that only a queen has. This process take around 26 days and it is important to leave the small hive alone during this time, we will have to wait and see if the split was successful.

That’s all for now from the E-piary, but bee on the look out to try our estate honey for yourself on our tasting room menu, in our retail shop and on our beer list to see what all the buzz is about!

(Pictured right is Beekeeper Jackie with her mentor John Ferguson.) 






On the first Thursday of August, which falls on August 3 this year, join us and celebrate IPA Day, raise a glass to one of craft beer’s most iconic styles: the India pale ale.

Celebrate with one of these 4 Empire IPA’s!


Slo Mo’ IPA 6.5% ABV

Slo Mo’ is a true American IPA brewed with a blend of Falconer’s Flight and Mosaic Hops to convey bright tropical citrus notes and a crisp dry finish.

Liv & Let Rye 6.5% ABV

30% Rye malts give this IPA a spicy, peppery kick. The hops include: Nugget, Citra, and Falconers Flight.

Seshquatch Session IPA: 4.5% ABV

This is our first session IPA brewed with a big flavor while maintaining a lower ABV.  Even with the use of bittering hops this style finishes as a crisp, easy drinking IPA.

A session beer speaks to the ABV of the liquid, ranging from 3-5% alcohol by volume, with the ability to put back a few pints in a session and still remain coherent. A session IPA combines the hoppiness of an IPA with the lower alcohol content of a session beer.


Apres IPA 7.2% ABV *Only available at Empire Farm Brewery

Our Apres 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.

Happy drinking!


Solstice Flow

A YOGA fundraiser to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association

Wenesday -June 21, 2017 – 6:30-7:30pm

Vinyasa flow with Kyle Carleo

The Longest Day is all about love. Love for all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. On the summer solstice, Empire Brewing Company has teamed up with the Alzheimer’s Association to bring you yoga in on the patio- to help end Alzheimer’s. Together, we will raise funds and awareness for care and support while advancing research toward the fist survivor of Alzheimer’s.

100% of proceeds with benefit those affected by Alzheimer’s Disease in our community 

Pints, Poses & Perennials

Channel your inner botanist because our Beer+ wellness program is being brought to the next level this Mother’s Day weekend. On Saturday, May 13th we will be offering a Vinyassa Yoga class at 10:30 followed by a Bodhi Barre class at noon.

Tickets are $20 and include class, a pint of Empire brew and a potted perennial from a selection of plants provided by Maple Hill Nursery. Landscapes East of Minoa, NY will host the plant sale and additonal plants will be availble for purchase, a representative will be on site to talk plants!

What is Vinyasa Flow?
Vinyasa Flow is a style of yoga where poses are seamlessly woven together with an emphasis on linking breath to movement. In a Vinyasa Flow class there is a great sense of fluidity and opening. This is an all levels class, great for both the beginner yogi and experienced practitioner.

What is Bodhi Barre?
Bodhi Barre is a Syracuse Barre Studio and an exciting fast paced workout that will work your whole body in an hour. It is a fusion of ballet technique, core strengthening, Pilates and yoga that will challenge your mind and change your body. It is designed for all levels of fitness so no experience is necessary but there is no limit to how good you can be at it or how great you will look and feel! We are honored to have studio owner, Colette Carderala join us!

What Else Do I Get With My Ticket?
You get a full hour class + a full pint of your favorite Empire Brew AND a potted plant!