Auburn brewery announces opening date at new location

It'll be a good St. Patrick's Day for The Good Shepherds Brewing Co. The Auburn brewery announced on Instagram Tuesday that it will have a soft opening at its new location, the former PBJ on the Corner at 132 Genesee St., the weekend of March 17-18. The brewery's grand opening will be Friday, April 6. Performing at the brewery from... more

Olney Place in Yates Co. granted license by SLA

Seth Olney will be able to serve beer in the tap room that was added to his Route 54 store, The Olney Place, as long as he prevails in Fourth Judicial Dept. Appeallate Division court. Before granting the license Feb. 6, New York State Liquor Authority Commission Chairman Vincent Bradley cautioned Olney, “This whole thing is conditional on the court... more

New brewpub to open in downtown Auburn

Scott and Michelle DeLap are looking forward to their Next Chapter. The Auburn natives will open the Next Chapter Brewpub inside Genesee Center in May, they told The Citizen. The craft brewery and restaurant will be located next to Thirsty Pug Craft Beer Market. Overseeing the beer will be Scott. A graduate of Southern Cayuga High School, he moved to... more

del Lago announces wine dinner series at Portico

From the very start, del Lago Resort & Casino has had a focused mission to strengthen the community by supporting local businesses. The resort and casino has prided itself on forging strong partnerships with Finger Lakes wineries, breweries and meat and cheese vendors while sourcing farm fresh local ingredients. On Wednesday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m., Portico by Fabio Viviani... more

Mead in New York: Cuomo proposes new license for ‘honey wine’ producers

New York has licenses for farm breweries, cideries, distilleries and wineries. If Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s push is successful, farm meaderies will have one of their own. Cuomo’s budget proposal would create a farm meadery license. Meaderies produce braggot, which is made with barley malt and honey, and mead. Mead is produced by fermenting honey with water and adding other ingredients,... more

Progress 2018: Food and drink promotional trails evolve in Cayuga County

On the back of every menu at the Inns of Aurora, printed below a map of the Finger Lakes region, is a message from Executive Chef Patrick Higgins. “Respect for ingredients, for farmers, and for our shared environment is the foundation for a good meal,” it reads. “That’s why … we make everything from scratch whenever possible, and why we... more

Aurora, Skaneateles featured in Vogue magazine wine guide

A Jan. 19 guide to Finger Lakes wine in Vogue magazine heavily features wineries and restaurants in Aurora and Skaneateles. The travel guide is provided by Thomas Pastuszak, wine director at the New York City hotel and restaurant NoMad. “There’s no other region in the U.S. that really focuses on Riesling the way that Napa has Cabernet or Chardonnay, the... more

Cayuga County Craft: Big things coming for local breweries in 2018

When it comes to craft beer in Cayuga County, there’s a lot to be excited about in 2018: • Aurora Ale & Lager Co. will almost triple its production after the King Ferry brewery installs a new 5-barrel system, with glycol-jacketed fermenters and tanks, in March. Owners Mark Grimaldi and Joe Shelton have also relocated their taproom, which now includes... more

Seneca Lake brewery party to benefit SLPWA

It could be called pints for pure water. Grist Iron Brewing Co. on Route 414 in this Schuyler County town is inviting the public to attend its Benevolence Beer Series Kick-Off Party at 5 p.m. Thursday, at which it will celebrate the unveiling of its hefeweizen beer. A portion of the proceeds from each pint of hefeweizen sold from January... more

Geneva Experiment Station helps growers hop on board

New York used to be king of the hop, before diseases put an end to the industry about 100 years ago. The industry eventually moved west to parts of Oregon and Washington, where drier climates were more conducive to hop farming. The days of dominating the industry probably won’t be returning, given those states now produce about 98 percent of... more

Heron Hill Winery donates $4,800 to EquiCenter, Inc.

Heron Hill Winery presented a donation of $4,800 to EquiCenter, Inc. at the EquiCenter on December 20th. In July, Heron Hill Winery released the Riesling-Chardonnay blend under the Friends of the EquiCenter label with proceeds from each bottle sold going directly back to the EquiCenter. Heron Hill Winery thanked customers for showing support of the organization that provides therapeutic equine... more

No. 31: Forge Cellars Riesling shows up on a list of Top 100 wines

Christmas came a bit early for the folks at Forge Cellars this year. The gift wasn’t delivered by Santa — or even UPS, for that matter — but rather from the editors of Wine Spectator magazine. It wasn’t wrapped in glitzy paper with shiny bows but showed up on page 66 of the magazine’s Dec/Jan issue, which came out about... more

Irish Mafia Brewing Co. settles into East Bloomfield

Mark Mansfield knew he wanted his craft-brewing business to have some tie to Ireland. So Mansfield binge watched Irish movies of all sorts — new, old, funny, serious. Nothing stuck. As a vice president of corporate sales at Corsair Display Systems at the time, Mansfield, who said he is half-Irish, traveled a lot. On one business trip he was reading... more

Downtown continues to grow as brew scene heats up in Geneva

Downtown Geneva is proof that if all parts of a community come together – a dramatic turnaround is possible. The City has evolved in the last two decades, transforming into a diverse, vibrant destination in the heart of the Finger Lakes. Through grants from the state and dedicated community involvement, Geneva is now one of Upstate New York’s most desired locations for... more

Kolb applauds tax exemption for local breweries

Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I,Ref-Canandaigua) applauded the governor’s signing of a new tax exemption for licensed breweries, farm breweries, cider producers, farm cideries, distilleries and farm distilleries. Leader Kolb first introduced the bill in January of 2016 after meeting with George Adams, owner and head brewer at Gael Brewing Company in Geneva. During that meeting, they discussed the... more
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