The North Brewery

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The North BreweryThe North Brewery
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286 Ratings
Place Score: 99
Ratings: 42
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: n/a
[ Brewery, Homebrew Store ]

110 Washington Ave
Endicott, New York, 13760-5307
United States
phone: (607) 785-0524

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Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 16
Reviews by Sammy:
Photo of Sammy
3.84/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Had a good time yesterday. Zev is the master brewer and runs the place professionally from day one. Being a town, there is parking available. The place is sizable and able to accommodate lots of tasters out there. It is organized, clean, and reasonable priced beer. Being a mid-afternoon, he was able to do a couple of hand bottle fills. The top highlight of course is the beer itself. Seeing that I had 5 beers that were B/B+ for a spanking new place, and such places normally improve as they work through multiple batches of the recipes, I am impressed. He is working with some funk and brett on some beers, different hops and ingredients. Worth going out of your way for. The computer maps and GPS systems have you go up the 81 and the 90 and don't bother with a few twists and turns to get out here, but being a veteran driver of heading out to NYC, Brooklyn, and Philly myself, you can get here on fine roads and not lose any time, plus pay less tolls.

More User Reviews:
Photo of swimdudemdr
5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Always something new at The North! One of my favorite places and always a favorite brewery of mine. Whether you want hops, stouts, browns, or blondes, they've got it all. Could not recommend more!

Photo of AriAnaneb
5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Awesome selections, ever changing! They do an excellent job, my favorite is their IPAs and stouts!

Photo of Bumzag
4.86/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Awesome place. It's not sparkling clean; kegs, barrels and bags of hops everywhere, creaky floor, etc. 5 beers on tap, all of which were excellent. My favorite of the week was probably the Bad Reputation, their cream ale. The owner is an amazing graphic artist and the guys working were really chill and cool to talk to. There were even a few cans of homebrew that patrons had brought in and let everyone else try out. Not a typical bar with stools, booths, etc. Just stand, sample some brews, maybe buy a growler and leave. Will be back to buy a few pints when the timing is right as their hours are a tad funky.

Photo of gwhigs
4.73/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Changed how I look at beer. Best beer I've had, hands down.

Photo of TimberJeremy
3.78/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3

Was attending a concert in Binghamton and searched the internet for a brewery that would be open in the early afternoon to do some tastings and get a growler or two. I found The North Brewery to be the only brewery open during the time frame that I was looking for. Upon arriving and going inside, the owner/brewer (Zack) was very friendly and provided us with some tastings and his background about how he got into brewing. He was very knowledgeable and kind as instead of charging us for the tastings for 4 people, he told us to take that money and put it towards a growler. The beer itself was good. There were only 4 on draft, The Slice, Hop Crux, Hop Stout, and I cannot remember the other. Me being a huge IPA fan the Crux really hit the spot. Very smooth and full bodies with a great balance of hops. The Hop Stout was my next favorite because I never had anything like it before. I will definitely be stopping by The North Brewery next time I head to Binghamton, whenever that will be.

Photo of asabreed
5/5  rDev +9.4%

One of the best new breweries you can visit.

Friendly and knowledgeable staff who love talking beer, great young brewers that are always experimenting with new ingredients and styles, and they're always will to help home brewers with any questions they may have also.

The total package all around, and totally worth the trip from anyone who's local to anyone who's visiting the area from far away.

Photo of vermontham
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Passing though on Saturday
Just off the highway and excellent stop very impressed and surprised by the beer that is being pumped out
Definitely stopping by again on my way to see the bf.

Photo of T-34-85
3.93/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Overall, this a good brewery that is cranking out some really solid beer, and they are not afraid to push the envelope with their concoctions. I was very pleased with the range and composition of their offerings, and each beer I tried seemed to be well composed. In general, these guys appear to be more focused on the bigger beers (stouts, heavy ales, IPA's, double IPA's, etc.). Right now they've got a relatively small batch system, and they continually rotate through different styles of beer.

As a destination, at this point, they are essentially just a tasting a room and a venue to meet the brewer and discuss his craft. There is no onsite food, or sitting area to allow you to eat and drink your day away.

This brewery is off to a great start, and I look forward to making it back here soon.

Photo of Mexicanhat
4.91/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Been following this brewery for some time now, just started to see there beer up in Binghamton @ Zona bar and grill. Had endorphins it was outstanding. Cant wait to get back in Endicott glad to see it up my way in Bing.

Guys up there are awesome to talk too if you can catch them when its not crowded. knowledge of the industry is was great the guys really love "Craft Beer". I was there when they opened a few rare bottles of other brewery's beer and they where happy to share with me it was awesome.

Photo of AndrewMC
4.86/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The North Brewery isn't your average waterhole for those who prefer "safe" brews. While Zach (owner) and Kyle (brewer) do make excellent "safe" brews, their true area of excellence is in their ability to create unique, one of a kind brews. Zach attempts to brew roughly 140-different brews a year; the taps rotate almost daily. Because the North is still young, they're still honing in on their recipes which only adds to the enjoyment. Locals like myself get to taste the tweaks between batches while Kyle and Zach explain what they changed and if they thought it was better or worse than last time. The North also stocks various hops, grains, malts and equipment for homebrewers. Zach and Kyle are very approachable and patient with homebrewing amateurs like myself who ask non-stop questions.

The North will be undergoing an upgrade in the coming months to increase their barrel system and bar space. My rating of the atmosphere will be subject to change after this occurs.

Photo of illmadeknight
4.11/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

This is a tasting room. My favorite thing about this brewery is the adventurous nature of the owners. They are willing to try all sorts of combinations with their beers. Seems like every brewery has their IPAs, and North does too, but North also just keeps experimenting. Spicy stouts and ryes. IPAs. Sours. All sorts. They have a rotating five taps so what you find one time might not be there the next time you go in. The brewers are knowledgeable and friendly. It is great walking in there, being able to try a couple different beers, fill your growler, and have great beer conversation at the same time. One of my favorites.

Photo of Chuck_Hammertrench
4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I'm a regular down at The North Brewery in scenic Endicott, NY, and I've been going for close to a year now. The head brewer, James, has only recently started, and the owner/assistant, Zach, (who gave up his position as brewmaster upon hiring James) has been there since it opened. Both brewers are true gentlemen and very knowledgeable about what they do. They are friendly to patrons, whether they are regulars or new folks who might happen to be just passing through, and always ready to advise anyone who might want to start brewing on their own. I think the best way to describe the staff and clientele would be down to earth and neighborly, it's just a friendly group of people.

The beer itself is excellent overall, every once in a while a batch will come out with an off note or two, but in general its top notch. The brewers love trying new things, and some beers from the North are famous for containing exotic things such as hot peppers, dandelions, blueberries fresh from the freezer, or even citrus fruit zest (perhaps for a spritzy, zesty saison). The IPAs and pale ales have improved greatly since the introduction of a reverse osmosis system several months ago. Zach has always brewed great stouts and porters, and James has been fine tuning his IPA game since his rise to brewmaster. Some of the best beers to try there are Cerberus, a solid stout, Endorphins, one of their premiere IPAs, Double D's, a very full-bodied milk stout, and Beer of the Dead, a tasty brown

Photo of jplatel1
4.86/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

this is an absolutely wonderful small production brewery in Endicott NY. The owner/brewmaster is obviously passionate about what he does. The prospect of a new lineup of beer on tap every week, as well as friendly and interesting atmosphere keeps me coming back more often than my liver and wallet would like.

Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.28/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Just wanted to do a quick review of The North, which I finally visited during the Endicott Applefest.

Atmosphere isn't too bad. The storefront is on the old main street in Endicott, and there's plenty of homebrew supplies leading up to the bar counter (which the team built, documented in pictures on the wall). It's a little smelly, but the whole operation is run in a small space, so that's to be expected I suppose.

The beers, five total, were good. Blondie was my favorite; two others were pretty fun and experimental (a DIPA called Mesmerize featuring Sorachi hops and the brewmaster's wedding beer, which was a 10% ABV apple ale with caramel); the remaining two were standard (a chocolate oatmeal stout called Cerberus and a strong ale called Vanilla something or other). The brewmaster offered us a two ounce pour of each for $2 total, which would go towards the price of a half-growler or growler fill if we chose to purchase one (we did). I wish they served pints, but alas.

The service was incredible. The brewmaster was attentive and eager to talk about his beers, servicing everybody expediently and politely (it was packed). I was very impressed.

All-in-all, I'll definitely be back. Their tap list is constantly being updated, the service was incredible, and its only a five minute walk from my house.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.66/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

Upon learning of this establishment, I've gotten growlers filled there several times. The brewmaster himself is behind the tasting bar, and readily offers tastings of the whole line. They have five active taps; the line-up of beers has been different each time I've been there. Brewmaster is very friendly and personable, and you can tell he absolutely loves beer and has fun brewing it. There are only two or three breweries of this size in my immediate area, and the North Brewery takes the cake for creativity (and awesome beer names).
Every beer of theirs I've had so far has been outstanding as well; I'd highly recommend this place to anyone in the area who hasn't been, or wasn't aware of it; and especially recommend it to anyone not from the area passing through.

The tasting counter is in the back, just in front of the brewing area. The storefront is a well-stocked homebrew store, and although I haven't gotten into homebrewing, if/when (when.) I do, this store will be a big help if I'm still in the area.

The North Brewery in Endicott, NY
99 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.