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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

GRAPE GURU: Best bets for holiday wines

The Internet suggests that 82 percent of Americans eat turkey for Thanksgiving, but on Christmas ham and turkey are consumed almost equally, with beef a distant third. People also consume a variety of side dishes including bread stuffing, corn, glazed carrots, yams, creamed spinach, Brussels sprouts, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, rolls, mashed potatoes, gravy and other... more

Twisted thinking on Exchange Street in Geneva

The former movie theater on Exchange Street most recently served as a space for kids to play. In its next life, it will still be a place to play, but the clientele will be a bit older. Like at least 21. Ian Boni and John McMullen, owners of Twisted Rail Brewing Co., are edging closer to entering the Geneva market,... more

FLCC grad making wine from grapes grown on a rooftop in Brooklyn

New York City boasts some of the most expensive food and beverage items in the country, but when the $1,000 bottle of wine Devin Shomaker is vinting is ready, it will be known for more than just the price. The grapes are being grown on a rooftop in Brooklyn, New York, the first attempt ever in the world to create... more

“Keuka Holidays” wine trail gets residents into the holiday spirit

Local residents were able to get a jump start at ringing in the holiday season with the annual “Keuka Holidays” wine trail. The tour was hosted at Heron Hill Winery and sponsored by the Keuka Lake Wine Trail. Ticket holders were able to travel to seven different wineries, collecting ornaments and trying out different wines. When visitors started the trail,... more

Auburn restaurant to begin brewing its own beer

A downtown Auburn restaurant will soon begin serving its own beer — but its owners are no strangers to brewing. The Copper Pig BBQ & Taproom owners Dawn and Marc Schulz said Friday that their 10 E. Genesee St. restaurant is on track to begin serving four house beers by the beginning of 2018. The Schulzes said it will be... more

OUT & ABOUT: Early November Saturday on the Seneca Lake Wine & Finger Lakes Beer Trail

It has become an annual tradition for a group of our friends to spend the first Saturday of November on one of the area’s wine trails. Early November is a great time to tour wineries and craft breweries in the Finger Lakes as the foliage is usually near peak and the weather is still generally comfortable. Last year, we enjoyed... more

Grape harvest at Shaw Vineyard on Seneca Lake (photos)

The annual grape harvest is now complete for most wineries and farms across the Finger Lakes. In these photos below, winemaker Steve Shaw and the team at Shaw Vineyard process the harvest late last week in Himrod on the western shore of Seneca Lake. Shaw Vineyard is a artisanal winery dedicated to gentle processing, cellar aging, and risk taking. Since... more

New Auburn OTB sports bar offers ‘good food, cheap beer’

“Good food, cheap beer.” That’s the motto Toby More holds for his new restaurant, Tailgaters Sports Bar and Grill, located in the Auburn Off-Track Betting building. The former maintenance supervisor said he always wanted to open his own bar, and when the spot’s former occupant Ozzy’s closed its doors at the end of May, More decided that was his chance.   “I’ve... more

Cider maker looks to branch out under Start-Up NY program

An Ontario County cider maker is taking advantage of a state economic program that provides companies the ability to operate tax-free for 10 years. Star Cider has been accepted into the Start-Up NY program, Empire State Development announced. The family-owned company plans to build a new production facility and create at least five new jobs as part of its expansion.... more

Auburn bar’s beer fest to feature more than 15 local, regional breweries

Tinkers Guild’s Biggest Little Beer Fest will return for its second year from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the bar, 78 Franklin St., Auburn. Prison City Pub & Brewery and The Good Shepherds Brewing Co., both of Auburn, are among more than 15 breweries pouring at the event: The Citizen: Read More more

BIGGER PICTURE: Food and Wine Experience

This is the time of the year when a combination of forces come together and make the Finger Lakes region one of the world’s go-to places. The convergence of fall colors, warm days, cool nights and annual grape harvest has created a tourism destination that ranks up there with the best. That might explain the rapid increase in new wineries,... more

Gov. Cuomo says wine trails will receive $215M

The wine and craft beverage industry is a big deal in the Finger Lakes. There are currently 13 wine trails across the State that support New York’s vital agricultural, craft beverage and tourism industries. To enhance the current wine trail system, the State Department of Transportation has invested $214.8 million in significant upgrades to the region’s roadways, bridges and culverts,... more

Seneca Falls Farmers Market celebrates Cider Week

In tribute to the Fall season and Finger Lakes Cider Week, the Seneca Falls Farmers Market will feature three local cider makers throughout the market day on Wednesday, October 4th from 9 am to 1:30 pm. Black Duck Cidery of Ovid; Lake Drum Brewing of Geneva; and Three Brothers Winery of Fayette will be at the market sampling their unique... more

Flavors: McGregor releases sparkling apple wine

Bob McGregor had an idea one day back in the early 1990s, back when nobody was contemplating producing sparkling apple wine for sale in the Finger Lakes. The winery was growing a few apple trees: a Golden Russet, Northern Spy and a few Cornell variants on Macintosh. In 1994, there was a particularly great yield of apples and McGregor asked... more

GALLERY: Saturday at the 2017 Naples Grape Festival

The 2017 edition of the Naples Grape Festival kicked off on Saturday throughout the streets of the Vine Valley image. Large crowds attended on the first of the two day annual celebration of the grape harvest on an unseasonably warm September afternoon in the southwestern Ontario County village. Check out these 61 photos below from FingerLakes1.com on Saturday in Naples... more
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