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Empire Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Empire Brewing CompanyEmpire Brewing Company

68 Ratings
Ratings: 68
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Active Beers: 29
Beer Ratings: 465
Beer Avg: 3.7
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Eatery ]

120 Walton St.
Syracuse, New York, 13036
United States
phone: (315) 475-2337

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Re-opening as of June 5th, 2007.

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Reviews by Edwaka01:
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2.78/5  rDev -31.9%

Great food, great atmosphere.

A - The place is gorgeous. Cool subway entrance off the street down a level to a waiting area, inside is pristine. Low light, brick/mod decor. Makes you think you're somewhere cooler than Syracuse.

Made the mistake of sitting and eating at the bar, where an extremely low-brow nitwit would not leave my girlfriend and I alone, even while we were clearly eating and not into hearing of how awesome his band was and how the beers here needed more yeast. He fell asleep at the bar 10 minutes later and was asked to leave. He should have been cut off long ago.

Q - This low rating is for the beers. We split one of their flights, which I'll complain about under selection, but anyhow...I found the stout okay - not great, and the winter warmer "tog grogg" a little over spiced. Those were by FAR the best two beers. Amber ale, Skinny Atlas Light, Deep Purple, and their Pale were all really horrible. I'd heard really god things about this place so maybe I'm being too harsh, but they were not good.

S - Half-present waitress/bartender. Had a short one-liner to toss out about each beer, nothing more. Went to eat her lunch in between giving us drinks, taking order, and bringing food, thats all we saw of her. Nobdy else to replace her while she sat at the other end of the bar stuffing face.

S - They had a decent number of beers that enticed me, however we were FORCED to include 4 beers of their choosing on our flight of 6 total beers. Amber, Pale, were pretty bad, the stout was drinkable, and then they have the stupidity/balls to include Skinny Atlas Light. This is literally a better version of Bud Light, but still pretty horrible. Why the ()&*@ would you force craft beer lovers to drink this? I get that they make it because they don't have the backbone to tell BMC drinkers to screw off and order a real beer, but to force this atrocity upon everyone who orders a flight is a real dick move.

F - I'll probably go back here, and if I do, it's only because the food was awesome. I got the Mediterranean platter - olives, feta, falafel, hummus, baba ganoush, and pita bread. What a meal. This was yesterday and I'm still sorry I ate it all, but I couldn't stop.

Edwaka01, Feb 01, 2012
More User Reviews:
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4.08/5  rDev 0%

gtmitchem, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of DavidGross
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Had nice outing with IT team. Had Elk burger, was cooked as I asked and was good. Other meals at our table looked good and all was well reviewed. We had many different beers and the wait staff was excellent. Empire also participates in the AHA Member discount, saved me a lot of money, huge thank you to Empire and all other participating members!

DavidGross, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of nyyfanatic213
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

nyyfanatic213, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of ClavisAurea
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Cajan style food and amazing beer brewed on the premise. They also feature some outstanding local brews from others. It will be difficult to get in there on a weekend unless you go at the senior's hour before 6 or so. Get the blue corn lobster bisque and be amazed. The waygu burger is pretty good as well.

ClavisAurea, Aug 02, 2014
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3.01/5  rDev -26.2%

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.

Roguer, Jul 16, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

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3.7/5  rDev -9.3%

Worth a trip if you are in Syracuse. Tons of beer selection and right downtown. Food was great. Came here with a group of ten people. Service was quick and polite. Enjoyed our meals and the brews. There were enough beers that everyone in the group could find something they liked

boszormeny, Dec 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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Empire Brewing Company in Syracuse, NY
91 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.