Brewed in New York: Central New York, The Finger Lakes, Rochester

Brewed in New York: Central New York, The Finger Lakes, Rochester

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Hosts Matt Archambault and Maya Contreras

WXXI stacks up three episodes of the new series that chronicles the craft beer revolution in New York.

Hosts Matt Archambault and Maya Contreras travel to Central New York, then on to the Finger Lakes with a final stop in Rochester on Brewed in New York, airing Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

In Central New York Matt heads to Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown to learn about Belgian-style beers and attends Belgium Comes to Cooperstown: a summer music and craft beer festival held each year on the brewery grounds. Maya visits Good Nature Brewery in the town of Hamilton and finds out about New York State’s Farm Brewery license. And we visit Water Street Brewing Co. in Binghamton to attend the “running of the hounds” at the brewery’s Beers and Beasts 8k event.

Then it's off to The Finger Lakes with a stop at Empire Brewing in Syracuse where they are taking New York State craft beer world-wide as part of a unique partnership with a Chinese tea company. Matt discusses the growth of the NYS craft beer industry with Empire Brewery owner and New York State Brewers Association co-founder Dave Katleski. Maya talks shop with Dawn Schultz of Prison City Brewing in Auburn about being a female brewery owner. And Two Goats Brewing near Watkins Glen celebrates being a brewery amongst wineries on the shores of the Finger Lakes. 

Matt and Maya's final stop is in Rochester. Matt visits historic Genesee Brewing Company and witnesses how one of America’s largest and oldest beer producers is embracing its hometown heritage while reinventing itself through a new small batch system and brewpub. Maya profiles a brewery with a distinctly musical influence at Three Heads Brewing; and we learn how Swiftwater Brewing Company in the city’s South Wedge neighborhood is helping revitalize the area.