Empire Brewing Company
Active Beers: 29
Beer Ratings: 451
Beer Avg: 3.69
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3.01/5 rDev -26%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25 | $$$
Amazing atmosphere and decor. The brewpub is below street level, with catacomb-like arches and vaults all in red brick. Dark and cozy.
Beer, sadly, was not particularly good. Out of a flight - four regular and two seasonal offerings - there was not a single beer I would order at a bar or bottle shop. A couple were beers that I might pick over BMC, but that's pretty sad praise for craft beer.
Service was OK; neither remarkably good or poor.
Beer selection was relatively large, representing a good number of styles, but based on my flight, I cannot imagine that you would want many of them. I would still like to try their rye IPA, stout, and bock.
Food was shockingly mediocre, from fries to entree. I really had high hopes based on the menu and the quality, locally-sourced ingredients, but my meal was no better - and perhaps worse - than you might find in a chain restaurant.
Prices are a bit high, and if the taste of the food lived up to the price, I'd knock it down to "reasonable." Again, a lot of their meat, dairy, and vegetables are sourced from local farms, so the price would be quite understandable if the food tasted better.
Overall, I cannot recommend Empire Brewing for a meal or a beer based on my sole trip.
07-16-2014 14:19:55 | More by Roguer
Empire Brewing Company in Syracuse, NY
91 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.