From double-hopped IPAs to barrel-aged sours, we tasted lots of beers on our hunt for Upstate New York’s Best Brewery.
Our contest featured two of the well-known “big boys” of American craft brewing — Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown and Southern Tier Brewing in Lakewood (near Jamestown). Both have nationwide distribution, business partnerships with other major U.S. brewers, and fall easily within the top 50 largest breweries in the United States.
Also in our list of finalists were four smaller brewers, who sell most of their beer to loyal customers right out of their tasting rooms. They were Raquette River Brewing in Tupper Lake, Naked Dove Brewing in Canandaigua, Lucky Hare Brewing in Hector on Seneca Lake and The North Brewery in Endicott, near Binghamton.