Empire headed across the pond last week for The Great British Beer Festival (GBBF), which was held at the Olympia Exhibition Center in London from August 9th to 13th. Over 55,000 participants sampled upwards of 900 styles of ‘Real Ales’ (British speak for English craft beer), ciders, and international beers throughout the week.
Owner David Katleski was on hand to personally help pour and promote Empire Brewing Company as part of a delegation from the United States Brewers Association. The Brewers Association helped a number of American craft beers gain international exposure, and throughout the week bottles of Slo Mo’ IPA, White Aphro, Black Magic Stout and Skinny Atlas Light were offered. Black Magic Stout and Skinny Atlas are both former winners from the World Beer Cup, and were incredibly well received by our friends in Great Britain. The week was a stunning success, and Empire is gearing up for distribution in Europe in the near future!
Involvement with international craft beer is no stranger to Katleski. In 2015, Empire Brewing Company collaborated with Jingwei Fu Tea company of China to produce Two Dragons, a beer brewed with the Chinese black tea. Two Dragons is currently being bottled and kegged at the Empire Farmstead Brewery, and is set for distribution in China later this fall along with the White Aphro and Slo Mo’ IPA.
Empire Brewing Company was founded in 1994 in Syracuse, New York, and recently opened a 60 barrel farm brewery and tasting room in Cazenovia, NY. The new Empire Farmstead Brewery enables bottling the award-winning ales and lagers for the first time. The 22-acre farm brewery is capable of growing hops, lavender, vegetables, herbs, and fruits for use in the brewing process and to support the needs of both the Syracuse brewpub and Cazenovia tasting room.