Everyone knows the tremendous Finger Lakes wineries but the region is a growing hot spot for beer lovers as well!
Craft Beverages for Every Taste
Beer, just like wine, is a very diverse beverage with a number of different styles. Microbreweries each have their own specialty, and with so many options you are sure to find a beer that suites you in this region. Many microbreweries even source New York State hops, grains, and malts for production of the finest brews. Microbreweries usually offer tastings to help you get a feel for what you will like before ordering a pint or a growler.
New York isn't the Empire State without a call out to apples right? New York's great fruit has found a calling in the beverage industry with many producers finding that hard cider is the new frontier of the agri-beverage market. From light and sweet to crisp and acidic, the flavors, food pairings, and palates of cider are in fact quite similar to that of wine. Explore the variety of hard ciders that are popping up throughout the region, many of your favorite wine and beer producers are now even bringing ciders into their offerings as well.
If your favorite definition of the season means summer sipping on a cool cocktail, a mean martini in the fall, or a keep warm blizzard bourbon, have no fear that the Finger Lakes is offering a variety of spirits with many of them sourced from locally grown ingredients, to whet your whistle. Award winning spirits both in New York and across the nation are being produced in the Finger Lakes and a creative concoction is right around the corner with a visit to Finger Lakes producers.
Cooking with Beer, Food Pairings and More
Beer lovers and wine lovers are more similar than you think! Like wine, it is important to pair your beer with a meal. Any brewery in the Finger Lakes would be happy to tell you some basics, but there are also a growing number places offering more formal education sessions. For example, New York Kitchen is a great place to learn about beer, wine and any number of other culinary topics.