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Top 5 Craft Beverage Joints You Need to Check Out


If you enjoy craft beer and ciders, then there is no doubt you need to plan a trip to Upstate New York. Craft breweries sprinkle every region of the state, and the locals here can’t get enough. Hitting up a brewery or tasting room is a common weekend activity, and the perfect place to stop to get a true taste of the culture when you’re visiting the area.

Many breweries are open year-round, and visiting them in the off-season (winter and early spring) means they are quiet. More craft beer for you! Read below to get some insider information on local favorite (and famous) craft breweries and cideries in Upstate New York.

Roc Brewing Co.
Roc Brewing was one of the first craft breweries in Rochester, NY! Their awesome facility serves pints and food made fresh to order, with outdoor and indoor seating available. They actually brew the beer on-site, right behind their tasting room. This unique space and delicious beer make for an unforgettable pairing you don’t want to miss.

Brewery Ommegang
You may be able to find these brews served all over the U.S., but visiting the brewery is a one-of-a-kind experience. This award-winning brewery definitely loves to craft Belgian-style beer and is dedicated to ensuring that each one is perfect. Located in Cooperstown, NY, the original epicenter of the U.S. hop production, you can find concerts and ongoing events at the brewery, too.

Ithaca Beer Company
Located among the beautiful hiking trails and extraordinary dining options of the area is Ithaca Beer Company. Proud to be part of the thriving Finger Lakes region, the brewery strives to ensure their beers are in line with their culture and community.

Keuka Brewing Co.
Did you know the Southern Finger Lakes region has more to offer than just their exceptional wines? Keuka Brewing Co., one of the first microbreweries in the area, was awarded the New York State Best Brewery in 2014. You’ve got to check it out for yourself, we guarantee you won’t regret it!

Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard
If you’re more into hard ciders, well Upstate New York has that, too. Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard has been in operation for over 160 years and produces and sells delicious hard cider and apple wine. You’ll feel like you’re in a museum when you stop by the cidery to taste this classic, New York State beverage.

Now (and anytime, really) is the perfect time to visit some of the best breweries and cideries that Upstate New York has to offer!