Monday, March 5, 2018

A Brief Guide To Central New York - The Getaway That Could Change Your Life

A Brief Guide To Central New York
The Getaway That Could Change Your Life
(images: CNYFRESH)
Many of us who are regular travelers to New York would only consider the Big Apple our final destination. We often neglect or forget that New York is a pretty big state and there are so much more to offer if you want a different kind of cultural experience beyond the concrete jungle. Taking Central New York (CNY) as an example, the deep roots in brew, agriculture and American history make this region more than a unique destination to visit. Especially if you are a beer lover and/or an organic foodie, the burgeoning beverage scene, and the hardy farm-to-table movement would definitely be something worth your while to explore. Here’re a few craft beer checkpoints and fresh food favorites that should be on your to-do list the next time when you’re in CNY.

Brew Central Got You On Tap – Craft Beer Destinations

Utica and Verona, N.Y.
Start things off with the popular tour of the F.X. Matt Brewery, home to Saranac beers, and then take a walk up the street, where you can sample CNY’s first-ever legal bourbon alongside award-winning gin and vodka at AdirondackDistilling Co.

Cazeonvia and Hamilton, N.Y.
Head down to Hamilton’s Good Nature Farm Brewery & Tap Room for its farm-to-table beer by the glass, growler fill, bottle or flight. Unwind with some win in a picturesque, rural setting of grapevines, gardens ponds and orchard at Cazenovia’s Owera Vineyards.

Syracuse, N.Y.
Nearby Syracuse is one of upstate New York’s best beer cities with its numerous craft-centric pubs and breweries. Try Empire Brewing Co., which utilizes local ingredients in its brewing process and food served up in a distinct urban setting. Nearby Middle Ages Brewing Co. uses a 160-year-old strain of Ringwood yeast from Yorkshire, England, and old-school open fermentation process to create unique brews.

Greater Binghamton, N.Y.
Sample a World Beer Cup winner at Galaxy Brewing Co. or have a world-class glass from another farm-to-table tap list and menu at Water Street Brewing Co.

Cooperstown N.Y.
Sample small-batch spirits celebrating the sport that made the town famous at Cooperstown Distillery. The nation’s premier producer of Belgian-style ales, Brewery Ommegang offers daily tours and tastings along with a slate of summer concerts and an incredible on-site café.

Charlotteville and Middleburgh, N.Y.
Follow the craft to KyMar Farm Winery and Distillery, where the principal ingredients are grown on site or by New York famers. Green Olf Brewing Co. also celebrates the area’s rich agricultural heritage by crafting uncommon ales from locally sources brewing staples.

It’s All About CNYFRESH – The Flavors of Central New York

There is no lack of local organic produce in CNY and food can’t get anymore fresh knowing it comes straight to your dinner table from the farm. With our busy and stressful corporate lives in the city, a weekend gateway trip or a vacation plan to the rural could, like the Amazing Race The Beekman Boys, Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell said, “change your life”. The CNYFRESH community has a list of some of the finest farm-to-table and farm-to-glass producers that will show travelers why CNY flavors are so unique.

The Beekman Boys

For example the Critz Farm, a 325 acres of land situated 3.5 miles south of scenic U.S. Rouge 20 in Cazenovia is the perfect destination for a sweet tooth who likes tasty maple syrup. If you enjoy artisan dairy and specialty meats, the JonesFamily Farm is where you should be. The Frog Pond Farms has one of the largest selections of fresh fruit, veggies, flower and herbs that constantly change with the season. The Schoharie Valley Farms is the home of the Carrot Barn with a wide selection of farm-fresh veggies, local beef and dairy products, fresh-baked goods and a full deli counter.
If you are there for the culinary experience, the Table at Fort Plain is a dynamic restaurant with a menu that moves with the seasons. The restaurant takes ingredients directly from the farm and works in partnerships with CNY’s local breweries. The family run Origins Café in Cooperstown uses ingredients from more than 20 area farmers. They even have its produce housed right in their very own greenhouse.

Completing An Authentic CNY Experience

If you’re a sports fan, your CNY isn’t complete without enjoying a baseball game in Cooperstown, or perhaps a day of golf before the brewpubs in downtown Binghamton. Travelers can also make history with an old-school cruise down U.S. Route 20, take an old-growth forest hike or paddle the Erie Canal. The CNY experience invites visitors to craft their own adventure, be it brew, food, history or nature.

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