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Empire Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Empire Brewing CompanyEmpire Brewing Company
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

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
Cask:
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Eatery ]

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

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Notes:
Re-opening as of June 5th, 2007.

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Reviews by WesWes:
Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%

The brewpub is located in downtown Syracuse. I had heard nothing but good reviews about this place, but I have to say that I really wasn't that impressed. Sure it had a really long bar and good looking servers, but the atmosphere kind of sucked. There was nothing that great about it. You could see the brewery from behind large paines of glass. I went for a short tour which also wasn't real impressive. The equipment looked like it had been pieced together from second hand breweries. The beer was good though. I enjoyed their sample platter of about 8-9 beers. I can't quite remember. I hit a few breweries that day. The service sucked. The servers were college students who were more interested in talking to their friends at the end of the bar than serving some new out of town customers. The food was typical bar food along with a few higher end items. I had the wings which were actually pretty good. Beers that I remember being really good were the Purple Haze, a blueberry ale, and their Hefe; the first one I ever had with a lemon (which I'll never do again). This wasn't a real horrible place. It looks like a party place more than a sit down and have your family eat kind of place which is alright. My advice: fire your waitresses and get some down to earth people in there who know a little bit about beer.

WesWes, Jul 28, 2003
More User Reviews:
Photo of gtmitchem
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
Photo of Roguer
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
Photo of Jaybirdbrew
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Jaybirdbrew, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of avisong
4/5  rDev -2%

avisong, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of dzlle25
5/5  rDev +22.5%

dzlle25, Jun 26, 2014
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Empire Brewing Company in Syracuse, NY
91 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.