In the early 19th century, New York was known as the “Hops Capitol” of the country. Almost every county grew and harvested hops. This history has led to a strong connection with the beer industry in New York State. Beer has long been a staple beverage in New York, and the industry strength continues to grow today. New York State is currently home to over 100 different breweries and microbreweries. With the recent passing of the Farm Brewery law, the beer industry in New York has never looked better!
America’s pastime is baseball, right? Well nothing goes better with baseball than beer! In Central NY be sure to visit the baseball hall of fame either before or after checking out the great breweries on the Cooperstown Beverage Trail. Brew Central NY is a great resource for any craft beer lover looking to find out more about the craft beverage offerings in Central New York. September 13th-15th Madison County is hosting Hop Fest, an event dedicated to celebrating the past and future of the beer and hops industry.
It’s not all about wine in the Finger Lakes. The Finger Lakes Beer Trail highlights some amazing breweries in the region that are a must for all beer enthusiasts.
New York State has more than 100 breweries varying from all sorts of sizes and locations. To find more of New York’s great breweries near you, click HERE.
With the second highest number of distilleries in the nation, it's no surprise that great spirits are found in every corner of New York State!
While visiting the NYC area, be sure to check out one of the many Distilleries based in Brooklyn, NY. Industry City Distillery, Kings County Distillery, New York Distilling Company, and The Noble Experiment NYC are all located in Brooklyn, NY and available for tours and tastings.
While the Finger Lakes are typical known as wine country in New York, it is also home to great distilleries as well. Finger Lakes Distilling in Burdett, NY is a farm distillery offering tours and samples to their guests.
The Hudson Valley is home to New York's first whiskey distillery since prohibition, Tuthilltown Distillery in Gardiner, NY is a must stop for any history buff. While Catskill Distilling is a NY State Farm Distillery producing distilled spirits using local grains.
Hard cider has strong and deep connections to American history. Long ago in the Northeast, hard cider was more popular than beer. Cider is beginning to make a comeback into American culture, and is quickly becoming a household staple for craft beverage drinkers. The recent passing of the Farm Cidery law has sparked growth in the New York State cider industry.
In Central New York, Harvest Moon Cidery offers six varieties of hand crafted hard ciders made from apples grown and pressed right on the farm. And, at Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard, you can taste hard ciders and apple wines, another feature of the New York cider making tradition.
The Hudson Valley region of New York is the primary location for cider produces in the state. Given the vast number of apple orchards (a great tourist destination on their own) it only makes sense that the Hudson Valley would be the premier location for cider production. On October 18th-27th, Cider Week will highlight some of the region’s best cider manufacturers. Any fan of New York State cider should not miss the opportunity to try a variety of the state’s most delicious ciders!
If you are a fan of real, New York produced cider, be sure to click HERE for more information.