Friday, April 28, 2017
Cuse Cheap Spotlight Special: Empire Brewing Company @EmpireBrew
I admit I have been slacking on Spotlight Specials lately to concentrate on other things but hopefully I can get back into doing them regularly. With that in mind, I wanted to bring it back with a local company I personally love and have for years: Empire Brewing Company.
For the last few years, when I am around Armory Square, one of my favorite stops is Empire. After following them on Twitter and hearing Tim Butler on KRock's The Show, I started to become interested in trying their products. Now I am not generally a craft beer guy but I have enjoyed some of the beers I have tried over the years there. In fact, one of the last memories I have with my father before he passed was sharing a Otto Amber Ale/East Coast Amber with him over lunch at a restaurant in Oneida and it's still one of my happier memories in life.
Over the last few years, I noticed that have not only been expanding into more restaurants like that throughout the state (and even outside of it at times) but also started bottling it. Now I can swing by a Wegmans or Nice N' Easy and grab up a six pack of my East Coast Amber or occasionally my other favorite: White Aphro, which apparently is not a hair growth medicine as I had hope but it was quite good. Not to mention, Empire Brewing Company in Armory also offers a weekly brunch experience with music as well.
Now if you do follow their Twitter account, you will also see another reason I wanted to do a Spotlight Special on them. They often tweet out that days lunch specials and I love seeing them especially if it's one of their burgers or flatbread pizza. The staff is very knowledgeable about the beers usually so if I ask questions about the beers since I have no clue about craft beers to go with my lunch, they are very helpful.
If you watch the video at the beginning of this post, you also know they have since started a Empire Farm Brewery in Cazenovia. This is a phenomenal facility that not only allows for more space but also the ability for us as consumers to experience more about how these brewmasters put together such a tasty presentation.
This facility also allows for them to host events like their upcoming Beer + PiYo event this Thursday April 30 from noon to 1 as well as their Pints, Poses, and Perennials event on Saturday May 13th, which for only $20 you can enjoy a yoga class, a pint of Empire beer and a potted perennial from Maple Hill Nursery. Also on Mother's Day, at both locations, all mom's get a free pint of beer and a free Beignet while supplies last at the Syracuse Brewpub location.
You can also sample some Empire Brews at The Yard in Manlius on May 21st along with the music of The Bones of JR Jones and Mickey Powell from 6-10 PM for only $10. Click the links to save the event to your Facebook page or let them know if you're interested in attending.
Empire Brewing Company is also living, breathing proof that if you support a local company, it can grow bringing recognition to the area and hopefully more visitors or at least add something extra for visitors to try while they're here as well as more jobs. Something I would love to see more local businesses doing and I maybe it's pie in the sky thinking but it's part of why I want to do this blog and social media account...in the hopes we can make local, smaller businesses get more exposure and grow.
And they also go out in the community and support other local businesses as well as sponsor/work with events like Syracuse Fashion Week. They even work with local companies to create beers in conjunction with their products such as the Apple Harvest Ale (Beak & Skiff), Local Grind (Cafe Kabul), and Critz Apple Ale (Critz Farms) as well as Deep Purple that uses NYS Concord grapes and the Skinny Atlas Light named after Skaneateles Lake, from which they draw their brewing water.
The Empire Farm Brewery (located at 33 Rippleton Road in Cazenovia) is open Thursday- Sunday 11:30 AM- 9 PM and the Empire Brewpub (located at 120 Walton Street in downtown Syracuse in the Armory Square district) is open 7 days a week. So if you happen to be in Cazenovia or Armory Square, stop by and give them a try (and if you happen to see Tim Butler, tell him Orange Chuck says hello). Or swing by your local store or restaurant and look for one of Empire's various beers on tap or in bottles and if they don't carry it, ask them if they would.