Empire Brewing Company
Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 47 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mgbickel:
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
Located in the downtown section of Syracuse, you have to go below street level to enter this place. I was there in the fall months, but it looks like there is some outdoor seating/standing area.
The interior is exposed brick, steel and modern art (maybe Art Deco...I'm not sure). The bar runs along the right side of the building with a large seating area off to the right.
The service was good, borderline great. The server was friendly and knowledgeable. The food was really good...my wife and I were both impressed with the quality and presentation of our dishes.
The beer selection was appropriate for a brewpub. A few offerings from the most popular styles.
All in all, this is worth the trip. Good beer, great food and a hip atmosphere.
02-06-2011 17:14:15 | More by mgbickel
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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.
08-02-2014 02:33:20 | More by ClavisAurea
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.
07-16-2014 14:19:55 | More by Roguer
Empire Brewing Company in Syracuse, NY
91 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.