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News From Around The Beer Trail

BEER FRIDAY: The VB Brewery from The Show on Vimeo.

Our weekly segment "Beer Friday" has become a video web series! Longer, in-depth discussions than we could have on air and a chance for you to see the beer we're drinking. This week we welcome The VB Brewery out of Victor, NY ( You can see them & numerous other breweries as part of The Finger Lakes Beer Trail ( Special thanks to Empire Brewing Co.

Empire Farmstead Groundbreaking May 8, 2015 The Empire Farmstead Brewery broke ground today, in Cazenovia, New York where the 60 BBl brewing/ tasting room facility will soon begin construction. Slated...

The post Empire Farmstead Brewery Groundbreaking – Cazenovia, New York appeared first on Empire Brewing Company.

Randy and Diane are growing hops and brewing killer beer -- fueling the Upstate farm-brew renaissance's fire at Hopshire Farm and Brewery. Austin, Devon & Casey of The Brothers MacRae perform 'Drive it back' Live at Studio Zoot

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Rick O., Macedon NY!Rick won a six-hour beer tour for two in a luxury sedan provided by Quality Wine & Beer Tours. Valued at over $400, this fun-filled tour includes stops at nine breweries located around scenic Seneca Lake!SECOND PLACE PRIZE WINNER: Tim H., Seneca Falls NY!Tim . . .

This is a unique event for Finger Lakes Craft Beer Week!The Hot Glass! Cool Brew! event on May 16th will feature tastings and hors d’oeuvres from Market Street Brewing Company, tastings from The Brewery of Broken Dreams, as well as a commemorative glass sun-catcher from Hands-on Glass, live music, free shuttle . . .

It’s the start of a new year, which means many of us are thinking about resolutions. For many people, those resolutions will include cutting calories and exercising more. While those are good goals to have, we believe we might have an even better way to ensure your path to a more fulfilling life - resolve to improve your knowledge of craft beer and enhance your palette for better beer in the process! With that in mind, the Finger Lakes Beer Trail proposes the following five Craft Beer Resolutions for 2015.

1. Visit more local breweries    

For craft beer fans, there’s nothing like visiting your favorite local brewery – and with over 75 craft breweries along the Finger Lakes Beer Trail, we have lots of options to choose from! Not only does this support your local economy and the art of craft beer making, but it is also a great way to enjoy creative and innovative new recipes and techniques, learn how beer is made, and meet the folks who put their heart and soul into every beer they brew.

2. Try something different

New Year means new beer. Break from your typical routine, stray from your comfort zone, and try a beer you wouldn't ordinarily order. If you tend toward IPAs, try some sweeter, maltier dark beers. If you prefer extreme beers, try ordering a session beer. If you’ve never tasted a sour or barrel-aged beer, now is the time to expand your horizons. Who knows, 2015 may be the year you discover your new favorite beer style!

3.  Go to a beer festival

The best way to expand your tastes is at a beer festival. Go to one you’ve never been to before. Make a trip out of it. And, be sure to mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Finger Lakes Beer Festival at Watkins Glen International, tentatively scheduled for October 24, 2015.

4.  Learn more about pairing beer with food

Craft beer has emerged as a wonderful counterpart to food, and frankly you are missing out if you don’t explore the pleasures of pairings. There are many possibilities to explore when it comes to pairing beer with food - from cheese to spicy foods to chocolate – and everything in between. Many brewpubs feature imaginative beer and food pairing events and programs. Check our events calendar for pairing dinners near you!

5.  Advocate for craft beer

You probably have friends or family who still drink mass-produced beer without much flavor. They know not what they do! It’s up to you to spread the gospel of craft beer to those who have not yet come to the light. Ask them what flavors they like and suggest a beer that matches. Bring over a six-pack of something they would never buy for themselves. Buy a round, and make it a craft beer. Talk up your favorite local breweries and craft beers. Remember, friends don’t let friends drink bad beer!

What's your New Beers Resolution?

What craft beer resolutions have you made for the New Year? Share them with us and we’ll toast to your success!

Happy New Beer!

The Finger Lakes Beer Trail's 2015 Winter Passport just got more valuable! We are excited to announce that we’ve added TWO BONUS DESTINATIONS to the 2015 Winter Passport program, meaning this year's passport will take you even further than before!

The Bonus Destinations are Rohrbach Brewing Company and Lost Kingdom Brewery.

If you've already already purchased a Passport, watch your mail for a special bonus insert page for each passport you purchased. All new Passport purchases will automatically include the bonus page.

The 2015 Winter Passport is valid from February 20 - March 31, 2015 and includes over $200 worth of complimentary beer tastings, discounts on growler fills, free merchandise, and much more at 37 breweries, brewpubs and other locations along the Finger Lakes Beer Trail.

If you haven't already done so, get your 2015 Winter Passport now! Supplies are limited. To purchase, go to:


Follow the cry of the loon, it is calling you toward the adventure that awaits your beer thirsty soul!
And so it begins…
The tasting room of The Brewery of Broken Dreams WILL BE OPEN this Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Noon – 6 pm starting November 28, 2014!
The Brewery of Broken Dreams
8319 Pleasant Valley Rd
Hammondsport, NY 14840

Follow the cry of the loon, it is calling you toward the adventure that awaits your beer thirsty soul! 

And so it begins…

The tasting room of The Brewery of Broken Dreams WILL BE OPEN this Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Noon – 6 pm starting November 28, 2014!


The Brewery of Broken Dreams

8319 Pleasant Valley RdH

ammondsport, NY 14840

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