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Empire Brewing Company

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

70 Ratings
Ratings: 70
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

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

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Reviews by sulldaddy:
Photo of sulldaddy
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

Wife and I visited here on our way to Toronto, gotta eat lunch and if beer is involved WOOHOO!
Pretty easy to find the brewpub, but the parking is a little sparse on the Tuesday afternoon we are shooting through. just do a few laps and you will find something to avoid the garage $.
The brewpub is located down some stairs off the main sidewalk. Walking into the pub there is a rectangle bar and several stools along with some table chair setups in the main bar area. To the left is a dining area with several more table chair setups. They had 6 draft lines of house brews and 4-6 guest lines as well. The guests were all local/regional with brooklyn, ithaca, and southern tier on the list.
House beers were solid, I sampled the pale ale and stout and will review them soon. The brews are served in pint or half pint sizes and growlers are available.

Dining area is fairly dark and most materials are made of wood. nice feel to the place and friendly service. I asked some ber questions and if our server didnt know, (stout on nitrogen) she went to find out without seeming put out. Food was okay, I had a pork BBQ that was lacking in sauce and the sweet potato fries were a little overdone, but things were still tasty. My wife had fish tacos which she enjoyed.

Overall a nice visit, good beer and decent food, prices were good as well. I would return.

sulldaddy, Aug 18, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

EBC is on the busy stretch of downtown Syracuse in Armory Square, where the locals understand one goes for the best pub crawl in the area. It's typically busy, and it's pretty much half restaurant / half bar. Reservations are required for the restaurant, but the bar is always open for walk-ins. Not only that, anything on the menu can still be ordered at the bar. It's a nice vibe with a mix of industrial and modern, a more retro look outside. It can only be reached under the sidewalk, so it's underground. There is some small outdoor drinking space, though it seems more like a waiting area; there are tables and a counter, but no chairs. The brewery has a good number of beers available in excellent variety, so there's something for everyone. Barmen are attentive, too, and will not hesitate to offer a free sample or several. The service, food, and selection are good, and I enjoyed the beers as well. They serve 12 of their own beers at any time, as well as ciders they brew themselves, with a few guest taps and some bottles.

Brenden, Sep 27, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%

gtmitchem, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of DavidGross
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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 -8.5%

nyyfanatic213, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of ClavisAurea
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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 -26.6%

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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Jaybirdbrew, Jul 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

BoSean_Rodriguez, Jul 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

avisong, Jun 29, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22%

dzlle25, Jun 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Soukup, Jun 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22%

AMCimpi, Apr 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

voxhumana, Mar 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

thatisgrossman, Mar 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

MadScientist, Mar 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

JohneHoodlum, Jan 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

MichaelStoudBeard, Jan 08, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

david18, Dec 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Baab200, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of boszormeny
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%

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 -2.4%

T-34-85, Nov 29, 2013
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Empire Brewing Company in Syracuse, NY
91 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.