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New Empire Farm Brewery Menu

We regret to inform everyone who was looking forward to the new Hot Dog Menu, that it was in fact an April Fools prank. We’re the wurst.

HOT, DAWG!

Hot dog-centric menu incorporates American tradition with contemporary culinary culture.

Empire Farm Brewery is proud to present the tasting room menu for the brand new Cazenovia location! Founder David Katleski, Brewmaster Tim Butler, and Executive Chef Matt Riddett have created a hot dog-centric menu, featuring gourmet hot dogs prepared with Empire’s handcrafted beers. Pair any dog with it’s proprietary beer style for a superior dining experience.

You might ask, why hot dogs? A long time ball player, David Katleski has had a love for hot dogs since his days as a catcher. “I love hot dogs, my boys love hot dogs, even my dog loves hotdogs. What’s not to love?” Several of the new menu items have been regular meals at the Katleski household for years.

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David’s dog, Frankie.

The average American consumes 50 hot dogs per year. The standard dog is usually topped with ketchup, mustard, and maybe a little relish. Empire’s new menu reinvigorates this American tradition, emphasizing local ingredients and fresh flavor profiles.

Remember to check back in for updates on the Empire Farm Brewery grand opening, so that you can try these dogs for yourself!


EMPIRE FARM BREWERY TASTING ROOM MENU

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‘Banger Dog’, featuring Black Magic StoutBanger Dog: Corned beef hot dog made with our Black Magic Stout, served in a baked potato and topped with caramelized onions and thick gravy… $9


Boho Fido: All vegan ‘hot dog’ made with local ingredients and our Skinny Atlas Light, served with locally grown dandelions in a lettuce wrap… $9 (Gluten and sugar free)


Dragon Doggy: Smoked pork dog made with our Two Dragons Ale and wrapped up with cabbage in a fried egg roll. Served with soy sauce… $10


 

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‘Lost Dog’, featuring Lost Dog Pale Ale

Lost Dog (V): A bun topped with ketchup and mustard… $2


Perro Caliente: Traditional dog made with our El Niño Ale, served in a warm tortilla with refried beans, jalepeños, salsa and Cholula… $7 (Spicy)


 

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‘Good Dog’, featuring Cream Ale

Good Dog: Traditional dog made with our Cream Ale, served à la mode with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, hot fudge and a cherry… $8


Purple Puppy: Traditional dog made with our Deep Purple, served on white bread with peanut butter and but into quarters… $5 (Option of creamy or crunchy peanut butter)


Jedi Dog: Foot long corn dog, battered with our Strikes Bock Ale and served on a saber stick with green relish… $8


Purebred: Belgian Vienna 100% beef dog made with our Belgian Dubbel, served on a waffle with sauerkraut and mustard… $9


 

OTTOMEN EMPIRE BURGER SPECIAL

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For the first time in history, the Syracuse Men and Women’s Basketball teams have both made it to the Final Four in the NCAA tournaments! We’re celebrating down at the brewpub with the OTTOMEN EMPIRE BURGER SPECIAL! Get four cheddar sliders with a pint of our Otto Amber Ale for just $15, available now until the Women’s Championship Game, Tuesday April 5th!

 

If you’re really feeling like a champion, take the SLIDER SHOT CLOCK CHALLENGE! Finish all four sliders (not your beer) in two minutes or less, and the meal is on the house! *challenge available at the bar area only

White Aphro, coming soon to a bottle near you!

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Initially developed to raise awareness and money for the artisanal breweries that were affected by the 2011 tsunami in Japan, White Aphro gained such tremendous popularity that we decided to package this style first.

Brewin’ up some local love!

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Greyrock Farmers

 

The new Empire Farm Brewery opens in less than 3 months! Our growth over the past 20 years wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our local community and we couldn’t be prouder of our NYS partners. We are so thankful for the relationships that we’ve built and we look forward to making new friends along the way!

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Feldmeier Brew Tanks

Manufacturing stainless steel processing equipment for over 60 years, Feldmeier Equipment Inc. based out of Syracuse, NY has produced large scale tanks for businesses across the country. Empire’s expansion became an opportunity for Feldmeier to build their very first brewhouse. Our new 60 BBL, fully automated brewhouse will be considered a showpiece for Feldmeier, helping them advance their reputation in the brewing industry. Complete with a mirror finish, this brewhouse is truly one of a kind. Of course the Brewery wouldn’t be complete without a state of the art bottling line, which we commissioned from Prospero Equipment, based out of Pleasantville, NY. The bottling line will process 60 bottles a minute!

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Prospero bottling line

Meadows Farm in Cazenovia, NY has been providing our downtown location with local beef for decades, and the Farmstead Brewery will be opening right across the street from their farm! Meadows Farms plans on increasing their herd in order to satisfy our growing needs, and in return their cows will receive a hot meal of our spent grain, fresh from the new brewery. Greyrock Farm in Cazenovia, NY is another local farm that Empire has been working with for years. With their own CSA (community supported agriculture) program, we have access to great local produce year round from Greyrock Farm. Ever tried our pig burger? You can thank Bostrom Farms Meat Market, based out of Stanley, NY for that tasty menu item.

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Foothill hop Farmers, Meadows Farm & a close up view of hops

 

Scott Ouderkirk Studios and River Road Farm have been providing us with local honey, but now they are providing us with the bees! The new Empire Farmstead Brewery will have its very own apiary, which has been maturing over the past year in Hammond, New York.

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Scott Ouderkirk Studios and River Road Farm Apiary

One of our favorite examples of local sustainability is the recent resurgence of hop horticulture. Madison County was actually the hop capital of the world pre-prohibition, and the development of our second brewery location has reinvigorated the industry. The Bineyard, Foothill Hops Farm and Pedersen Farms are a few of our neighborhood farms who will be providing locally grown hops for our handcrafted ales and lagers. We will also continue to source locally ground coffee beans from Cafe Kubal out of Syracuse, NY for our popular seasonal brew, Local Grind.

From top left: Cafe Kubal, Greyrock CSA Store, Clark Hollow Hops & fresh Greyrock Veggies!

The brand new Empire Farm Brewery will be open in Cazenovia before the start of summer. We believe the addition of the brewery will continue to stimulate the local economy and serve as a powerful example of the ‘buy local’ mentality. We hold our commitment to our community very close to our hearts, and we know that without the support of our neighbors, we would not be where we are today. Cheers to local love!

 

 

 

Girl Scout Cookies & Beer Pairing Anyone?

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Did you forget to order your Girl Scout Cookies this year? Don’t worry, we have more than enough to share! Empire’s first ever Girl Scout Cookie beer pairing starts this Tuesday, March 8th and will run while supplies last. Don’t miss out on a chance to experience unique new flavors in your favorite Empire brews! Six beer and cookie pairings were expertly selected for you by Brewmaster Tim Butler. Each beer will come in a 6oz pour along with one cookie.

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60 BBL Brewhouse delivered to the new Empire Farm Brewery

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Empire Brewing Company surpassed a major milestone at the Empire Farm Brewery construction site in Cazenovia, New York with January’s delivery and installation of a brand new 60BBL automated brewhouse. 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 destination. Beer manufactured at the Cazenovia location will be packaged in kegs, bottles and cans for regional, national and international distribution. Virgin farm land will be utilized to cultivate hops, lavender, vegetables, herbs, fruits and even honey from their very own apiary. These crops will be used in their award winning ales and lagers, and also to support food preparation at both the Cazenovia and Syracuse locations. The Empire Farmstead Brewery tasting room, gift shop and restaurant will strive to maintain a carbon footprint of 30 miles.

 

Tim Butler, Director of Brewing Operations, was thrilled on the day of delivery, “I feel great. This is the biggest day of my career.” Upon completion, the 40,000 square foot Empire Farm Brewery will have a total capacity of 70,000 BBL annually. Empire’s brewpub in downtown Syracuse has a 7 bbl system with the ability to produce 1200 BBL of craft beer a year.

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Monday, January 18th, 2016 marked the first day of brewing-equipment being delivered out to Cazenovia, just eight months after Empire’s groundbreaking on May 8th, 2015. The brewhouse was manufactured by Feldmeier Equipment Inc., and it is the first complete brewery system that the company has ever produced. Feldmeier Equipment has established itself as a respected supplier of processing equipment for a myriad of different markets worldwide, including brewing tanks for some of the nation’s largest brewers. Founded in 1952 by Robert Feldmeier Sr. and his wife Margaret, Feldmeier Equipment started as a manufacturer of tubular heat exchangers in a modest 5,000 sq. foot plant in Syracuse, NY. Now with six plants across the US, and over 400 employees, they are still making heat exchangers but have grown to be the largest sanitary vessel manufacturer in North America.

Upholding his commitment to buy local, David Katleski challenged the Syracuse based company to build Empire a state-of-the-art, automated brewery. Feldmeier accepted enthusiastically, and created what can be regarded as a showpiece for both companies. The brewhouse, still covered with bright blue protective wrapping, was in fact polished down for a one-of-a-kind mirror finish, soon to be revealed. This project includes:

 

  • 60 BBL Automated Brewhouse
  • 10 – Fermenters
  • 3 – Brite Beer Tanks
  • CIP System
  • Hop Cannon

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The morning of January 18th, eighteen different 18-wheeler trucks fought their way through an aggressive snow storm to the Empire Farm Brewery. A great team from JPW Riggers, also based in Syracuse, worked all week, despite the blistering lake effect snow to get the job done. David Katleski, founder and owner, also remained on site for the entirety of delivery. “Not rain, not sleet, not snow or any amount of bad weather could stop us today. Nothing could,” Katleski said. It took an incredible amount of skill to unload the massive tanks, positioning each one with impeccable precision. Among the equipment handled by JPW Riggers was a 16,000 lb. CO2 tank and a 10,400 lb. 240 BBL fermenter. Feldmeier’s delivery was followed by a state of the art bottling line from Prospero Equipment, and a cutting-edge water treatment system. Shooting for grand opening in May, Empire Brewing Company plans to bottle their liquid for the first time ever this spring.

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NYC Beer Week ‘Sweet Fire’ Returns!

 

In 2014, on one particularly snowy January day we brought the folks that run some of our best accounts in NYC, who ended up becoming some of our best friends, to the brewery in Syracuse. Together we created and brewed a beer, now known as Sweet Fire. This beer is to be released exclusively at their bars during New York Craft Beer Week.

Three years later, this collaboration has turned into a tradition.

We love that the original brains behind the beer are still involved, including veterans Blind Tiger Ale HouseSpring Lounge, and Taproom 307.. and we also love tp throw new bars in the mix, to keep things interesting! This year we added Bob’s Your Uncle on the Upper West Side.

 

Read more about ‘Sweet Fire’ 2014 and 2015!

 

This imperial stout 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. 8.5%

Get it while it’s hot

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Enjoy this beer this during NYC Beer Week 2016, February 19th-28th at the following bars all week long:

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

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

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

Bob’s Your Uncle – 929 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10025

AND at the following NYCBW events:

Taproom 307, Monday Feb 22nd

NY Night at Valhalla, Tuesday Feb 23rd

Brewers Choice, Wednesday Feb 24th

 

Building Beer – Week 34

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2016 ushers in… equipment!

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Thanks to great weather in December, things couldn’t be moving along smoother here at the Farm. This past week we began heating portions of the interior in preparation for epoxy wall and floor finishes, and some of our brewing equipment has already started to arrive.

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The guys from Barnhart Crane & Rigging helped us unload and set our beautiful Fulton Boiler. We left the south facing wall of our mechanical room open and once the boiler was set, the wall was installed so that we could start heating. You can also see our RMS Grain Mill sitting on the second floor of the utility room in the picture on the right. This will allow us to gravity feed our milled grain to the grist case located on the first floor.

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Always made in the USA, RMS Roller Grinder has been serving the Agricultural and Brewing industries for 30 years.

We can’t wait to fire this baby up!

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The board and batten hemlock siding looks spectacular.

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Drywall was installed and concrete curbs were poured in the production area.

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During the next 30 days we will accept delivery and install most of our brewing equipment including brew house and fermentation vessels from Feldmeier Equipment.

May you have a safe and happy new year, we look forward to celebrating the grand opening of the Farm Brewery in the spring!

– Nick

Panda Brew visits Empire

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Our friends from Panda Brew, pioneers of craft brewing in China, visited last week to create a unique collaboration beer. While the focus of the visit was to create an awesome brew, and to bring together the traditions of eastern and western cultures, we also had a blast showing them around Central New York and bringing them to some of our favorite local hang outs!

About the beer; This collaboration will be an IPA style beer using American craft brewing techniques and a traditional Chinese herb, Kuding. Kuding is a leaf from the Chinese Holly plant, and has a unique bitterness character that will complement the New York State hops, which are grown in Madison County. The beer is called Kuding-Ta IPA. The Kuding leaf was used as a bittering component along with New York State hops for aroma and dry hopping.

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Kuding tea in different forms

 

There is no way of knowing for sure what this collaboration beer will taste like, but Panda Brew’s Yu Xia says, “Kuding is very unique in the fact that it has a strong bitter taste upfront, while leaving some sweetness on the end.” Panda Brew has experience brewing with this herb for their own Kuding Pale Ale.

Panda Brew Brewmaster Pan Dinghao has an interesting view on this collaboration, saying, “I always like to educate about drinks and their meanings. In the past, the eastern world relied on tea as a safe drink rather than water which may not be safe. In the west it was beer. We want to combine these two cultures to create something new and different.”

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The beer will be released in the upcoming weeks at Syracuse Brewpub, and will also be available on draft in Panda Brew’s four locations across China.

Of course, the trip wasn’t strictly business, we also had to throw in a little fun. The Empire team gave Panda Brew’s team a tour of CNY, and took them to some of our favorite local spots. First stop was Dinosaur BBQ, followed the next day by an awesome trip to Ithaca Beer Co., where we sampled some of their brews. That same day included a trip to the Brewster Inn in Cazenovia for appetizers and pints of Empire’s Black Magic Stout. Arguably, the best part of the day was visiting the Empire Farm Brewery construction site! We wound down the day by visiting an Empire favorite, Knoxie’s Pub in Pompey for their famous wings and of course…. more beer!

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We are looking forward to the release of the Kuding-Ta IPA in the brewpub and hope you are too! Check Empire’s tap list to see when it will be available at the brewpub.

 

Jingle Bell Brunch Series

Saturday Brunch at the Brewpub!

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Blues Brunch once a week just won’t cut it over the holidays, so were serving up our famous brunch menu with live entertainment every Sunday AND Saturday!

Every Saturday from now until Christmas we will be featuring a new artist, so gather up the family, and bring them down to the brewpub for a little seasonal cheer (and for the adults of course, beer).

Saturday, November 28

Empire Brewing Co., Jingle Bell Brunch, 12 to 2:00pm – Jerry Cali plays a variety of musical genres from pop to blues to reggae.

Saturday, December 5 

Empire Brewing Co., Jingle Bell Brunch, 12 to 2:00 pm – Bradshaw Blues Trio plays a mix of original and familiar blues, ballads and rock served up by Chad “Easy” Bradshaw, Reverend Ken and Jim Gass.

Saturday, December 12

Empire Brewing Co., Jingle Bell Brunch, 12 to 2:00pm – B-Side, a four piece band plays hits of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.

Saturday, December 19 

Empire Brewing Co., Jingle Bell Bruch, 12 to 2:00 pm – ‘Better Than Bowling’ Band serves up an uncommon blend of rock & roll, blues and classic rock originals and covers.