Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub

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BEER AVG
3.79/5
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PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

120 Walton St.
Syracuse, New York, 13036
United States

(315) 475-2337 | map
www.empirebrew.com

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

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BEER STATS
Beers:
42
Reviews:
186
Ratings:
734
PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
91
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
8.11%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 91
Reviews by WesWes:
Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Bf-wsf
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Located in a very spacious, old building in the heart of Syracuse. Large bar area with two more large eatery area's.
The place to go before a show, stopped in for the second time during Phish's summer tour stop at the Lakeview Ampitheatre. Place was booming, good vibe and the service was able to keep up.

Food is good and beer quality about the same.

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Photo of Mdf12180
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.07/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Large basement partitioned with brick archways separating dining and bar areas, giving the place a somewhat intimate feel. Huge C-shaped bar. Over a dozen beers on tap - wide and varied selection. Friendly, efficient bar staff.

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Photo of RancidAggro
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Dingbat1477
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Love this place. Beer keeps getting better and better.

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Photo of brewaddict
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Been to Empire Brewing a number of times throughout the years when traveling "upstate" to visit family. It's in a cool basement location with a modern style decor. A glass window behind the bar looks in on a number of fermentation tanks. Never seen anyone actually working back there, but it's a nice touch. Service has always been friendly and prompt. The food, while a little upscale, has always been good. I'm particularly fond of the Gumbo and Jambalaya. Beer selections are good combination of in house and local offerings.

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Photo of RUN-4-B33R
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Sabtos
3.06/5  rDev -24.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3

Photo of kelseyr713
5/5  rDev +22.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This might be my favorite restaurant. The food was amazing, atmosphere is great, our waiter was super friendly and knowledgeable. There were tons of choices for both food and drink, and I definitely want to go back here again. It's also cool to see the brewery part through windows inside the restaurant.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A neat step-down space, decent food, with a range of beers. Many are quite delicious, and represent a range of styles. The service is reasonable, if a touch slow during our Sunday morning visit. If I'm in Syracuse again, I'd return, and would recommend it.

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Photo of MacQ67
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of LXIXME
3.54/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of eluvah
2.98/5  rDev -26.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Was there on a Wednesday night, not crowded. The service was slow. Had two beers, price was reasonable. Had Aphrodisiac Ale and Two Dragons. Both were decent, but I have had better. May have tried one more since I wasn't driving but the service was so slow, the person I was with wanted to leave. Had fish tacos that were unimpressive.

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Photo of Martelljw2
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Cooker_stp
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of SyrAQse
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of craftaholic
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Soloveitchik
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

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Photo of Travislcastleman
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of gtmitchem
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

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Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub in Syracuse, NY
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