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Author: Peter Benson

On Tour: Finger Lakes Cider House

Finger Lakes Cider House sits in between Seneca and Cayuga lakes. This area is known for its wineries and beer, but great cider is still available and the Cider House is happy to oblige. In Interlaken, just off Route 89, the Cider House calls Good Life Farms its home. All of the Cider House’s produce comes from the home farm or neighboring farms, giving the alternative day out a local feel. In the homely, well-lit tasting room, the friendly staff are in high spirits on a particularly sunny fall day. A large tour group controls the bar packed with taps full of...

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On Tour: Empire Farm Brewery

An oddly hot September day is a good day for a beer. Really, any day is good for a beer, but a day as hot as this deserves a good brew. Or many. That’s how a group of us ended up at Empire Brewing Company’s newest spot. The farm brewery — meaning at least 20% of the produce it uses is locally grown — is a stone’s throw from Cazenovia Lake. Tucked away on 22 acres of farmland to the southwest of the village, the 4,000 square foot facility is a beer lover’s paradise. THE TOUR The tour offers...

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