Today, at the Empire Brewing Company in Syracuse, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer launched his push to secure federal funding to allow Empire Brewing to expand its operations in Central New York. The brewery is currently looking to build out its own farm in Central New York so it can grow hops and create a bottling facility, where the brewery would bottle its own beer for the first time in the company’s 20-year history.
This expansion would enable Empire to sell its craft beer at grocery stores throughout the state for the first time as well. Schumer said that this expansion would bring at least 50 jobs to Central New York and enable the craft brewery to expand its footprint even further across the state and the country.
Schumer said that this expansion would allow the company to better meet demand, seize more of the craft beer market, and prepare for further expansion. Empire Brewing Company is currently seeking funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in order to make the expansion a reality, and Schumer is pledging his full support of Empire’s efforts. Schumer also said that Empire’s model of having a brew pub, hops farm and bottling plant is a new model that could help propel Central New York’s exploding craft beer industry.