New York State’s premier craft beer destination – The Finger Lakes Beer Trail – promotes the growing craft brewing industry in the Finger Lakes, showcasing the region’s microbreweries and brew pubs. The trail is comprised of over 100 craft brewers spanning roughly 210 miles across the central part of New York State from Rochester to Syracuse down to the Corning and Binghamton areas, resulting in a trail overflowing with natural beauty along which tourists and beer aficionados alike can enjoy an abundance of delicious locally brewed beers.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Finger Lakes Beer Trail is to increase the visibility and reputation of the region’s craft brewers and other brewing-related businesses. In doing so, we aim to attract more beer-loving tourists to the Finger Lakes region thus ensuring continued economic growth and financial stability of our region’s craft brewing industry.

General Information

See the location directory for a complete listing of Finger Lakes Beer Trail locations.

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The Founders

Local beer-enthusiasts, Adam Smith and Theresa Hollister, recognized the need for increased awareness and promotion of the region’s growing beer culture, so in February 2011 they launched the Finger Lakes Beer Trail. Together, they form a uniquely qualified and talented team with the vision and expertise necessary to sustain a successful enterprise that increases the visibility and reputation of the Finger Lakes beer culture. Adam and Theresa are committed to enhancing and promoting awareness of the craft brewers and other brewing and beer-affiliated businesses that comprise the Finger Lakes Beer Trail — one beer at a time.

Adam Smith’s Bio:

Adam Smith is an experienced information technology professional with over 15 years of demonstrated knowledge and skill in project management, strategic development, and technical project implementation. His expertise lies in building custom applications and customizing off-the-shelf applications, with particular emphasis in the areas of content management systems, digital imaging, and digital asset management. As a results-oriented project manager with a strong technical background, Adam is able to successfully manage complex software development projects and deliver outcomes on-time and on-budget. He also possesses expertise in the areas of graphics design and copy editing in both online and offline settings.

Adam’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts from Cornell University and a Master of Science in Information Science from Syracuse University. He has worked for than a decade as a systems architect for a major university and has developed several open source projects, including Agile Author (sourceforge.net/projects/digdocdb), Handle Web Services (handle.library.cornell.edu), and Zoomify Image (sourceforge.net/projects/zoomifyimage).

Adam’s favorite type of beer is a hoppy IPA.

Theresa Hollister’s Bio:

Theresa Hollister has over 20 years of professional experience in program development, project management, and marketing. Drawing upon her extensive background in both the not-for-profit and for-profit arenas, she brings to the table a diverse mix of skills and expertise in the areas of financial planning, strategy development, marketing & promotion, and organizational branding.  She has demonstrated success in stakeholder relationship-building, contract negotiation, and financial oversight in a variety of market segments including hospitality, tourism, economic development, and university research administration. Theresa also possesses expertise in social media marketing, small business development, and event planning.

Theresa’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Business Studies from Buffalo State College and a Master of Public Administration from Binghamton University. She is a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) and has worked as a grant and contract administrator for several years in the sponsored program office of a mid-sized public university. She is also a 2008 graduate of the Leadership Development Institute sponsored by the National Council of Research Administrators.

Theresa’s favorite type of beer is a rich, creamy vanilla porter.