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Utica A Hub Of Brewing In the 19th And 20th Centuries

You know that Utica is home to the F.X. Matt Brewing Company, but you may not know the number of breweries that existed in this area during the 19th and 20th centuries. With good water and nearby hop farms in the Waterville area, Utica had the right stuff to be in the beer business.

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New Brew From Miller, And A Strong One

Over the years, those of us watching the beer trends have seen them come and go: dry beers, ice beers, malt drinks. Now, Miller has released something called, "Miller Fortune".

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Brewery Collectible Show This Saturday In Marcy

I'm a beer memorabilia collector, big time! Just try to find a regular water glass in our kitchen cupboard filled with Shultz & Dooley and Utica Club mugs! There's a local brewery collectible show this Saturday in Marcy. Check out the details.

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A Rich Hop-Growing History In Sangerfield And Waterville

During the 1800s and early 1900s, the Town Of Sangerfield and specifically Waterville were considered one of the major hop-growing regions in the country. Due to that fact, a number of local breweries were located in the nearby Utica area.

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McSorley’s Old Ale House Celebrates 160th Anniversary

If you've ever been to New York City and were looking for an Irish pub, you may have stumbled upon (no pun intended) McSorley's Old Ale House at 15 east 7th. Street. Every time my wife and I are in the Big Apple, it's a must stop, especially for me. And February marks McSorley's 160th anniversary.

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Where to Find Craft Beers in the Utica Area

For over 30 years, I've been a customer of Marcy Discount Beverage at 9270 River Road in Marcy (just down the road from Oldiez 96.1, how convenient). If you're into craft beer, most likely they've got the one you want in stock.

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Ithaca Beer Company Launches ‘Box Of Belgians’

We always like to promote New York State breweries on our "Beer Break At Work", weekday afternoons at 3:20 on Oldiez96.1. Today, we spotlight the Ithaca Beer Company, just  a stone's throw away and their new release of Belgian brews.

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Opening a Beer Bottle With a Magnet and a Quarter Is a Thing

Here's something harder to believe than a dude drinking Zima.

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A Lesson On Beer Bottles From The McKenzie Brothers [VIDEO]

If you used to watch SCTV as I did, that Canadian import comedy show with so many funny stars, you may have seen an episode or two of "The Great White North". The sketch featured Canadian brothers, Bob and Doug McKenzie, played by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas.

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What is the Worlds Best India Pale Ale? Can you Sample It at Utica On Tap?

According to RateBeer.com, the Two Hearted Ale as brewed by Kalamazoo, Michigan's Bell's Brewery has been named the best IPA in the world.

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Food Pairings With Beer

We've heard wine aficionados discuss what wines to serve with certain foods, but beer also has some especially good food pairings. With "Utica On Tap" coming to the Stanley Theater on March 22nd, here are some tips on matching beer with food.

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Spring Has Arrived At Saranac

Even though the groundhog saw his shadow, meaning six more weeks of winter, the Matt Brewing Company is ringing in spring! Check out the latest arrival.

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