Back in the day, Binghamton was a well-known industrial powerhouse cranking out everything from shoes to high technology. Today, Binghamton brewers apply that tradition, pride and work ethic to carving a new niche for the tri-city area.
From international award-winning ales to bizarre-yet-delicious brews, beer is bringing Binghamton back in a big way.
Greater Binghamton born-and-bred father-and-son teams are handcrafting fantastic brews worthy of family tradition. Tri-city natives have returned home to put some muscle back into dilapidated manufacturing centers and beauty back into once-gleaming storefronts.
Water Street Brewing Co. brought foot traffic back to its namesake thanks to predominantly British and Bavarian styles made from local ingredients. John Bleichert perfected his craft in Germany and Chicago before opening Water Street with his wife, Michele.
Drinkers complement their suds with a farm-to-table menu sourced by 50-plus local producers.
Just around the corner, Mike and Seth Weisel do much of the same right down to the pork products made from pigs that feast on their spent grains. It doesn’t get more local than that.
But, the Weisels and Galaxy Brewing Co. have gained recognition well beyond the borders of Greater Binghamton, earning silver in recent World Beer Cup competition. Now, that’s impressive.