In early 2018, the number of breweries operating in New York State exceeded 400, setting an all-time record. According to the State Liquor Authority, those numbers continue to grow despite a few notable brewery closures. More than the number of breweries operating in New York State, however, there are also more than 1,000 craft alcohol manufacturers in the state, including breweries, distilleries, wineries, and hard cider makers.
The brewing industry as a whole has changed dramatically over the past few decades and Syracuse, NY, is a major part of that change. Home to some of the largest breweries in NY and surrounded by hops farms in the rural countryside, Syracuse has a finger on the pulse of the booming craft beer industry. Keep reading to learn more about the beer culture in Syracuse and to see the city’s top 10 most popular beers.
Embracing the Beer Culture of Syracuse
For decades, New York State has been known for its winery and vineyard business. According to a recent report, however, the surging craft beer industry is on pace to rival the wine industry in terms of sales. A 2018 report revealed that New York State’s 434 breweries generated over $3.5 billion in direct economic impact – this includes beer production, sales, and the operation of tasting rooms. The craft beer industry is also responsible for generating nearly 20,000 jobs and over $722 million in wages in the state.
There is no doubt that New York State is home to one of the fastest-growing beer cultures in the country, but it is important to distinguish between the booming New York City and Upstate New York. Syracuse is a major hub in the Upstate beer scene and is home to a some of the state’s most popular breweries, including locally owned breweries Empire Brewing Co. and Middle Ages Brewing Co.
Historians suggest that the 1890s were actually the peak years for Syracuse’s brewery business — a testament to the city’s longstanding beer culture. The industry employed over 400 locals at the time and produced 300,000 barrels of beer and ale each year. Though Prohibition had a catastrophic effect on the beer industry, a resurgence began in 1994 as the growing trend toward microbreweries and brew pubs began to take hold. Today, Syracuse holds 6th place on the list of the top 10 drinking towns in the country.
The Top 10 Most Popular Beers in Syracuse
Syracuse is now for producing popular craft brews like Touch of Grey from Local 315 Brewing Company and the Spring Fling American IPA from Seneca St. Brew Pub. Despite the abundance of local and craft brew options, however, Syracuse residents (like every city in the U.S.) have their long-standing favorites.
To help you better understand the beer culture of Syracuse, we’ve taken data from BeerBoard bars to compile a list of the top 10 most popular beers in the city. Here they are:
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