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The North BreweryThe North Brewery

Type: Brewery, Homebrew Store

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

(607) 785-0524 | map

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Added by cashmier on 02-11-2013

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 52
Reviews by Sammy:
Photo of Sammy
3.84/5  rDev -13.7%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of sjp315
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Mike2584
4.74/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of DerelictPI
4.97/5  rDev +11.7%
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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Photo of Soloveitchik
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of mynie
4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Photo of Mikey05153
5/5  rDev +12.4%
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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4.06/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of smccann
4.17/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of bfcomedywriter
4.66/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of swimdudemdr
5/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

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Photo of AriAnaneb
5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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

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Photo of Bumzag
4.86/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Photo of gwhigs
4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

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

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Photo of rybond7789
4.72/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of dank36
5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Lucoli
4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3

Photo of Ricky_Sigs
4.71/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Stephenie909
5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of TimberJeremy
3.78/5  rDev -15.1%
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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Photo of Happyhopper
4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of degiliom
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of rrooney1
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of asabreed
5/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

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The North Brewery in Endicott, NY
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