Upstate New York beers included in “must taste” book

1001_beers.jpgSeven upstate New York brews are included in a book heralding “1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die,” according to food and drink folks at Syracuse’s Post Standard.  And Albany’s Times Union laments that no capital region brews are included.

So which beers must you try before you die? Here they are:

  • Wailing Wench by Middle Ages Brewing Co.
  • CascaZilla by Ithaca Beer Co.
  • Black Forest by Saranac
  • Abbey Ale by Ommegang
  • Three Philosophers by Ommegang
  • Imperial Pumking by Southern Tier Brewing Co.
  • Krampus Imperial Helles Lager by Southern Tier Brewing Co.

Having had six out of the seven beers, I think I’ll hold off tasting the last one for a while ;)  

You can check out 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die on

3 thoughts on “Upstate New York beers included in “must taste” book

  1. I think the thing is that the beers had to be available commercially in bottle to be on the list. The pump station does not have bottle distribution, Brown’s is limited to the capital region as far as I can tell and I have not looked at the list to really know if anything from Mendocino/Olde Saratoga is really on their or not (I bet some of their contract brews are, they brew everything for He’Brew so I imagine one of those is in the 1,001 could be wrong though)
    Cheers, Patrick.

  2. Southern Tier consistently produces my favorite brews, but I must have missed those last two. Gemini by ST would definitely make my personal list of must tastes.

  3. I haven’t seen the full list either, so imagine there’s a good chance there could be a few more beers from NYS, especially downstate.
    As for Southern Tier, well, pretty much anything they make is my must taste list!

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