Empire Brewing Company | Syracuse, New York
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Empire Brewing Company
Good based on 31 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

120 Walton Street
Syracuse, New York United States 13202 [ print map ]
315 475 2337


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Empire Brewing Company

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31 reviews for Empire Brewing Company
 Ambiance  79%
 Service  80%
 Selection  69%
 Food  80%
 Value  74%
 Overall  76%
 Rating  82%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
kingofthemtn  (4) , | July 1, 2015
How great is it to have a brewery in your city that also serves interesting food? My wife loves their catfish burritos but I have to have their blue corn bread with maple butter. I add a side of red beans and rice to make it a meal along with a beer and still end up taking leftover cornbread home to eat later.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Mep3222  (51) East Greenbush, New York | December 21, 2014
Cool brewpub in the basement level. Good selection of their own beers, which mostly seem solid. Food was good when I had it. Worthy stop for sure.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick  (797) Columbus, Ohio | September 30, 2014
(Visited 08/2014): Empire Brewing Company is located in downtown Syracuse on Walton Street between Clinton and Frankin, Street parking is available on the same block.

There is a flight of steps leading down the front of the brick building to the brewpub. The interior is spacious, opening to a large room with the bar running along the right side. Brick walls and toy horses hanging from the ceiling for whatever reason. Uniform tap handles at the bar and large board behind it listing the available beers.

Empire has 13 beers on tap, with the majority being year-round offerings plus a couple seasonals. On my visit the list included Amber, Atlas Light Kölsch, Summer Ale, Cream Ale, Local Grind, Empire Strikes Bock, a Dubbel, Cider and Fruit beer plus a couple more. The beers were pretty average for the most part, and a sampler flight is available.

Service on a relatively slow weekday evening at the bar was pretty good. The bartender was friendly and helpful in describing the beers.

I did not have any food on my visit.

Overall this is a decent brewpub to visit in downtown Syracuse.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
jb  (111) Rochester, New York | August 28, 2014
In the basement at the bar for a drink. Nice vibe friendly bartender and good selection reasonably priced.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
nova73  (7) New York | August 9, 2014
Good Beer Better Food
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Ron  (114) Rochester, New York | February 23, 2014
We stopped there in late January with the Finger Lakes Beer Trail winter Passport. My 2nd time here. We ate/drank at the large bar. Food was good. Their house beers were mostly good.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
cratez  (256) Toronto, Ontario | December 29, 2013| Updated December 30, 2013
When I visited: Late September 2013. What I had: Hop Harvest and India Pale Ale on tap, two orders of Sweet Fire Fajitas (featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives), Chocolate Lava Cake to split, a couple of white wines for my partner. What I liked: Attractive interior, plenty of space between tables, efficient and welcoming service, delicious food, both beers impressed (esp. the Harvest), fair prices, our server gave us the addresses of nearby craft beer stores when I asked where I could get a good haul. What I disliked: Nothing. Would I go back? For sure. Empire is an ideal spot for dinner and drinks if you happen to be in Syracuse. Overall Rating: 82
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis  (89) Ottawa, Ontario | November 12, 2013
Went here for dinner with the wife. Awesome ambiance being in the basement and exposed brick everywhere. Tap list is all Empire brews but everything that I had was great. Food was above average as well. Everything is locally sourced and delish.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
mjpeterson812  (9) Ohio | October 20, 2013
Recently stopped here on our way up to Nova Scotia. My wife found this place via TripAdvisor. Nice selection and variety of beers on tap. I had the IPA which was really nicely done. Very hoppy with plenty of citrus and pleasant bitterness. Food was excellent. My wife had the elk tenderloin and I had the Sweet Fire fajitas, which have andouille as the meat...very unique and so very good. We had to wait about an hour for a table on a Friday night but worth the wait. Our server was laid back yet attentive. A couple reviews we saw said this place could get noisy but sitting in the side room, it wasn’t bad at all. A great local spot!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 12/20
AirForceHops  (170) Epping, New Hampshire | August 15, 2013
Stopped in for a late night snack and a beer flight on 19 July 2013. We order the Truffle Fries and they were tasty. But let’s face it, we really wanted the beer. The brews are very average with no real standouts. On the positive side none of the brews had any problems. If I had to pick one place to go in Downtown Syracuse this would maybe be the third place I would choose.

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