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Author: Peter Benson

On Tour: Black Button Distilling

It’s a sleepy Saturday morning. The leaves have fallen from the trees and there’s a nip in the air. Central New York is famous for its beer and its wineries but it’s a little too cold for that. The season change to winter means that all the cider has been put away. The only thing that will do is some harder liquor to warm the belly. Housed in a red brick building in Rochester’s North Marketview Heights area, Black Button Distillery is on hand to fill that need. Sharing its premises with a brewery, the distillery’s selection is complimented...

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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 – Empire Farm Brewery. 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...

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