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.

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    Another father-and-son duo does some really interesting stuff right nearby. The impressive collection of beers brewed by Zach and Eric Pedley at the North Brewery tend to push the limits.

    The Pedleys routinely experiment with rare ingredients like rhubarb, lavender, watermelons, cucumbers and pretty much anything else that comes to mind. In addition to core favorites that resonate with the college crowd and connoisseurs alike, you can expect to find a fascinating tap in constant rotation on any given visit.

    Jason Gardner and Kristen Lyons keep the creativity flowing at Binghamton Brewing Co. (which is actually in nearby Johnson City). These Belgian specialists channel their engineering backgrounds into great beers they serve up in a former fire station.

    The fantastically flipped and very hip tasting room is the frequent scene of friendly gatherings that feature live music and lively board game competition.

    The brew-fueled spirit of Binghamton permeates the entire tri-city area, which includes craft brew havens like the legendary Ale House, delicious Lost Dog Cocktail Lounge and live music-loving Cyber Café West.

    Binghamton brew isn’t exclusive to beer, though.

    The Black Bear Winery just north of Binghamton offers year-round tastings of beverages featuring New York state’s many interesting fruits and berries, harvested at their peak flavor. You’ll find wines made from products grown on the premises at Lone Maple Farm.

    Whatever your brew preference, the unique tastes of the new Binghamton are not to be missed. Plan a trip full of sips or just slip them into a busy itinerary filled with golf, sports, culture or food (especially our famous spiedies).

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