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Beer Available At Empire Brewing Company (arranged by most recent)
Empire Black Magic Stout 75, Empire Belgian Dubbel , Empire State Pale Ale , Empire Deep Purple 45, Empire Strikes Bock , Empire Skinny Atlas Light 13, Empire Local Grind , Empire Cream Ale 34, Empire Critz Red Barn Raspberry Cider , Empire White Aphro 45, Empire IPA 75, Empire Summer Ale , Empire Liv and Let Rye 65, Empire American Strong Ale , Empire Barley Wine 51
Mep3222 (37) East Greenbush, New York | December 21, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Dogbrick (746) Columbus, Ohio | September 30, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
(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.
jb (73) Rochester, New York | August 28, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
In the basement at the bar for a drink. Nice vibe friendly bartender and good selection reasonably priced.
nova73 (7) New York | August 9, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Ron (65) Rochester, New York | February 23, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
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.
cratez (234) Toronto, Ontario | December 29, 2013| Updated December 30, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
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
cfrancis (88) Ottawa, Ontario | November 12, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
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.
mjpeterson812 (9) Ohio | October 20, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
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!
AirForceHops (134) Epping, New Hampshire | August 15, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
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.
MaBeer1972 (87) Taunton, Massachusetts | September 17, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
A big, noisy place in a basement of a brick building. Loved the atmosphere. Decent selection. Got a saison and then a rye ipa. Decent stuff, but not mind-boggling. Big menu, lots of selection. Got the catfish burrito. Sounded good, but was a bit overdone with too much lettuce and the tortilla was cold. I’d be willing to give it another try if I was ever in the area again.
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