Suds are Good for You

Posted: April 23, 2009 by kmahern in Uncategorized
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You can’t miss the Syracuse Suds Factory. It’s a huge brick building in Armory Square, on the corner of South Clinton and Walton Streets. The inside feel is a big, open warehouse with brick walls and rustic red accents. There’s plenty of bartop space, tables, and 13 TVs in total—nine of which were tuned to sports channels during a recent visit.

Its a bar, but it also gives off a slight museum feel, especially when you catch a glimpse of the wax figure in overalls manning the replica of a keg distribution line on one of the walls, complete with mini keg replicas. Add in some black and white pictures of the building back in the day and framed memorabilia here and there and it’s almost like a history lesson. In fact, all you need to do is flip over your menu to learn about the whole history of brewing in Syracuse.

Prohibition (1920-1933) hit Syracuse breweries hard. The survivors struggled in the aftermath, but by the 1960s all breweries in Syracuse were out of business, and that’s how it stayed for a little more than 30 years. Then in 1991, the Syracuse Suds Factory was established, bringing beer brewing back to the area.

Here’s what’s good on a few of the factory’s standard brews:

Brown Ale: Dark, heavy, traditional type brown ale. Its got a hoppy bite but also a caramel undertone that balances it with a syrupy type mouthfeel and sweetness.

Try some of the Factory's signature wings with a Honey Light

Try some of the Factory's signature wings with a Honey Light

Honey Light: Unfiltered and a dark golden color for a light beer, but still easy to drink. It brings a malty, slightly more complex flavor to the table, but that depth comes with a little more heaviness than your average light beer.

Black Cherry Lambic: This one’s a fruit beer through and through. It smells like black cherries and chocolate, sort of like those chocolate-covered cherries you get at gas station counters. The taste follows through, and doesn’t leave your mouth in a hurry. The sweet-tart cherry taste might make you pucker—it’s no Framboise (and what else is?), but beware of fruit overload.

Pale Ale: It doesn’t get its name from its color. This is a robust ruby brew with hops to spare, but not much else to offer.


~ Kaitlin

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