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Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub

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3.78/5
Empire Brewing Company - BrewpubEmpire Brewing Company - Brewpub
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

120 Walton St
Syracuse, New York, 13036
United States

(315) 475-2337 | map
empirebrew.com

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

EMPIRE BREWING COMPANY, est. 1994, is an award-winning brewer of handcrafted ales and lagers in the heart of downtown Syracuse. We aspire to provide customers with the finest all-natural ingredients available by utilizing fresh locally sourced products from over sixty Central New York farmers. EMPIRE FARMSTEAD BREWERY, est.2016, is the largest Farm Brewery on the East Coast. Over 22 acres were developed for educational and beer production purposes. Boasting a new 60 bbl automated brewhouse, the Empire Farmstead Brewery is producing kegs and bottles for regional, national and international distribution. Bottled lineup includes 3 time consecutive Great American Beer Fest gold medal winner; Skinny Atlas Light, White Aphro, Slo Mo’ IPA, East Coast Amber Ale, and World Beer Cup gold medal winner; Black Magic Stout. Located in Cazenovia, NY, the property also grows hops, lavender, vegetables, herbs, and fruits for use in the brewing process and to support the needs of Empire’s downtown brewpub.

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BEER STATS
Beers:
41
Reviews:
192
Ratings:
814
PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
94
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
7.86%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 94
Reviews by sulldaddy:
Photo of sulldaddy
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of entenduintransit
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of Gawz
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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 WillieThreebiers
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%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.04/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub in Syracuse, NY
3.78 out of 5 based on 814 ratings.
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