Without coming off like I'm flogging a dead horse on the topic, I still wonder why people think beer at Empire Brewing Co is so good. We're all entitled to our opinions and by no means do I fancy myself as a beer connoisseur, but I do feel like I'm taking crazy pills by not liking it. Or more specifically, I feel like it's implied that I'm supposed to based on the awards, reputation, and hype. The variety and the selection that's there is perfect and I love the growler option, but I do not like 7 out of the 10 home brews currently on tap. A few of which I can barely stomach and the other 3 I have yet to try.
To get right to it, it essentially tastes like carbonated water with too much flavor that has an off-putting and lingering finish. The ingredients are all there I suppose, it just doesn't taste brewed or like anything is really coming together as it should.
I don't doubt that they do positive things for the city (promote local food, local music, run festivals, are keen on energy usage, etc...). I suppose that's why I'm so apprehensive about the discussion in general. I'd rather not bash a place that does such good for a city that I love. And I'd rather not bash such a substantial place that is putting out local beer - especially considering 'cuse's once proud and rich beer history.
Maybe I'm just in the minority, but considering both Middle Ages and Empire, Syracuse beer seems to be overly hoppy for the most part. I'm not saying we should bring back Haberle into the fold, but it would be nice if there was more beer brewed locally that wasn't as such.
At any rate, I ask this: what are your thoughts on Empire's beer or any other beer for that matter in Syracuse?