The North Brewery

The North BreweryThe North Brewery
The North BreweryThe North Brewery
Brewery, Homebrew, Beer-to-go

110 Washington Ave
Endicott, New York, 13760-5307
United States

(607) 785-0524 | map

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3.96/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Cool little store front brewery on main drag. Small patio on front sidewalk long long concrete standing bar on left wall. Mild hipster vibe for a locals hangout. Only 5 beers on tap, the 2 I had, Pearl & Pressure were very nice. Personable bartender. Fun place.

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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut, Sep 07, 2019
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3.64/5  rDev -19.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

cool that these little breweries seem to be springing up just about everywhere now, its amazing really, and we excitedly reconnected with an old friend here. the place is small and impossibly humble, a nondescript old storefront sort of space with the bar running down one side, loud radio rock playing, and a huge crowd on a saturday afternoon. it didnt take too long to get beers from the bar, but we also really didnt get to chat to anyone here, somewhat impersonal, but prompt enough. they only had a few beers on tap, like maybe five total, but i think they had an event going on for a stout they do called big bad leather daddy or something, a variant or two on tap, some bottles of different ones too. i had an almond one that was quite good, but i didnt fall in love with any of the beers i had in here despite the high praise i have heard others speak about their stuff. the two hoppy beers i had were fine but a little amateur. the highlight was a cinnamon and coconut stout with chili peppers in it, really pretty exceptional, but none of it really blasted me off, and the selection was pretty weak, a belgian, a lager, a blonde, anything really, they needed something other than cloudy hops and heavy darks, but it was not to be on this day. the space was fine, but i was bummed to not find a single seat in here, like no tables and chairs at all, we hovered around a barrel in the corner, not the most relaxing place to pass the time, but i like the humble hard working vibe in here. affordable prices, ambitious beers for the most part, and further proof that cool beer is happening everywhere...

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3.93/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

This brewery was pretty small but pretty good too. Quality of the beer was decent, all beers I enjoyed. They had 5 beers on tap: a pumpkin porter, a stout, an IPA, and two sours. All were decent but nothing really stuck out. Not a bad brewery to stop at although I do wish they had more taps however, the bartender did say their taps switch out very frequently because they do have a lot of regular customers. Good enough for a second stop to this place but nothing that Wowwed me.

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3.79/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25

Was introduced to this when visiting family. A new, very small, local brewery.

V: Nothing going on here. No seating. Only standing room at a bar without stools. Barrels are stored in the back which do give an interesting backdrop. I know this place is small and new, but this really needs work.

Q: No quality complaints. You can tell these guys really care about their beer and the work they're doing.

Ser: Knowledgeable bartender who answered a few questions for us. Constantly kept the glasses full.

Sel: 5 taps doesn't exactly scream selection. One good thing is that they do sell dog treats from the brew process leftovers.

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bwick29 from Virginia, May 17, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Stopped here coming back from a trip to Rochester because I liked the beers I had from them at EBF and wanted to see what else they had to offer. The selection was decent, The service was good. The vibe was a little bit of a dive in my opinion, there was just a bar with no stools or tables to sit at there. It's an interesting spot, seems like the customers come in for a pint and leave right away.

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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania, May 11, 2017
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5/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The Single greatest beer drinking experience I've ever had. Went to the Big Bad Leather Daddy release this past friday morning, knocked on the window early and got a ticket to taste some 2015 bottles, as well as three selections from their newly released set, my favorite brewery in all of NYS, amazing atmosphere, great group of guys, this was my first bottle release and everyone was super inviting

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schurchill91 from New York, Dec 19, 2016
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4.93/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Amazing hidden gem. It's a true craft brewery that does things the way they should be. You never get tired of a beer on tap and they are always trying newer and better things. The inside just got a facelift, with a concrete countertop and exposed brick; you feel at home...

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Photo of DerelictPI
4.97/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is a great brewery for a lot of reasons. The top being that they have great beers. They subscribe to the idea that they should always have on a couple repeats and the rest should be new ones. This is nice because you are constantly able to sample old and new favorites. Also, the dudes who work there are just cool. They are fun to talk to about beer, both theirs and others, politics, life, etc. The place is rather unassuming, as their main focus is beer and conversation, not a trendy looking hot spot. Their barrel-aged beers have been stellar, many good hoppy offerings, but their stouts are my favorite.

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DerelictPI from New York, Jul 15, 2016
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4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

This is a reference almost no one will get, but Endicott reminded me of Rock Falls, Illinois in the late 1990s. It's small but it doesn't feel oppressively small. The downtown is still old timey, with storefronts dating from at least the early twentieth century and some old facades still up, but this oldness doesn't feel scary or abandoned like it does in most dying or dead Midwestern towns. These shops have been care for. Things still happen there.

One such storefront, which looks deceptively small from the outside, houses the North Brewery, the surprise stars of the 2015 Extreme Beer Fest. Their facility is quite large for an old commercial storefront--it might have been a small department store, back in the day. It is woody and clean and nicely worn. Very sparse, too: the bar doesn't even have stools or places to sit.

The vibe feels genuine, is what I'm getting at, absolutely unplanned and unpretentious. These people are way more concerned about their beer than they are about anything else. At too many new breweries, craft beer is an investment opportunity, a way of riding a rapidly ascending cultural wave. This has led to a slew of homogeneous, antiseptic brewers, aesthetically manicured places that attract monied illiterates and pump out mediocre beer. You don't get that here. Hiring a designer never even crossed these dudes' minds.

So instead of some magazine spread decor, you get excellent beer and good goddamn people. Call me old fashioned, but that's the way it should be.

The selection wasn't super wide (only 5-6 options), but every style was done perfectly. The beer is very contemporary, tending toward large hop profiles and higher ABVs, but more English influenced that most newer breweries. The French Kiss was the second-best maple beer I've ever had, after only Mornin' Delight, and the Prime IPA was so loaded with sediment it was like licking the bottom of a pack of whole leaf Centennial hops.

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mynie from Maryland, Feb 14, 2016
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5/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

By far one of the best breweries Iv ever been to. Such wild and crazy selections to. Always changing. Always good. Everyone must try this place. Such a hidden gem.

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Mikey05153 from Massachusetts, Nov 10, 2015
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5/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

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swimdudemdr from New York, Jun 10, 2015
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4.86/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Bumzag from New York, May 24, 2015
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3.78/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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TimberJeremy from New York, Jan 23, 2015
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

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asabreed from New York, Nov 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

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vermontham from Vermont, Nov 11, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | 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.

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T-34-85 from New York, Aug 03, 2014
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4.91/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Mexicanhat from New York, Jul 26, 2014
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4.86/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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AndrewMC from New York, Jul 22, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
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

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4.86/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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jplatel1 from New York, Dec 26, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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3.84/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Sammy from Ontario (Canada), Aug 07, 2013
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4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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BurgeoningBrewhead from Pennsylvania, Jun 27, 2013
The North Brewery in Endicott, NY
Brewery rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 490 ratings