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Athens' Night School brewery looks to March for reopening

ATHENS – After holding a soft opening at the end of last year, Night School, the village’s latest brewery/bar, is taking a hiatus while awaiting approval of a state liquor license.

From Dec. 29 through Feb. 3, the bar operated under a temporary state beer, wine and cider permit.

While it was open, the bar offered its patrons draft beer from Deep Fried Beers, a company Night School owner and former Crossroad’s Brewing Company brewer Johnny Osborne created, beers from Return Brewing and other lo

Sip into Fall with miBrewology

The Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci) will hold an AfterDark event for adults age 21 and over on Sept. 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with VIP entry at 5:30 p.m.

AfterDark: miBrewology will focus on the science of fermentation– showcasing how beer, wine and liquors are made.

In addition to demonstrations, local craft brews, wines and other specialty liquors will be offered for sampling. Craft beverage makers, kits and miSci branded glasses will be available for purchase in the gift sho

Cheers! Breweries and brew festivals across the state are on the rise

Emily Sorokes never wanted to book trips in New York state, let alone near Buffalo.

“But thanks to my love for beer, that’s changing,” the Buffalo Beer Influencer said.

Brewery culture is bringing out a different side to cities close by, prompting Sorokes to travel around to see what’s in the area — like brew festivals where beer lovers walk around with 3-oz. glasses in one hand and pretzel necklaces in the other (for a snack).

New York State is home to more than 500 breweries, making it the

CNY food scene pays the high price of inflation

At Goodies Mediterranean Grill and Cuisine, owner Chucri Ayoub has had the same prices for 13 years: $4 for Tabouli salad, $5 for Spinach pie, $6 for vegetarian Grape leaves and $7 for hummus and pita. But now the ingredients cost more.

“See this Tabouli salad, the prices for everything in it went up,” he said. “Parsley went up, tomatoes went up, onions went up, and the cost (to make) is almost so close to the $4 I sell it at so I keep it at $4 and my customers love that.” If he were to raise t

You may be paying too much (or not enough) for your Big Mac in Upstate NY

How much does America’s most famous burger cost? The answer might depend on where you are.

An interactive map called McCheapest tracks the price of every Big Mac in the United States. That includes the prices for each franchise in Upstate N.Y. Prices are set by the owners of each franchise location.

So as you drive across upstate New York on your next road trip, you’ll find Big Macs that range from as cheap as $4.50 to as expensive as $7.

The cheapest Big Mac in New York is $4.49 (in the Moha

A budding Syracuse tea shop is building community downtown

What started as a side-hustle has grown into a thriving hub of culture and comaraderie in downtown Syracuse. 210 Teas, located at 108 East Washington St., began as an online loose-leaf tea company when Kahssia Hills, owner and founder, started selling tea online during the pandemic as a way to stay busy and earn some extra income.

“I explored a few ideas and talked with friends and family and ultimately landed on selling loose-leaf tea,” Hills said. “I thought it was a somewhat unique idea – at

11-year-old baker opens roadside dessert shop in Upstate New York

11-year-old Isla Davis is making a name for herself in Ballston Spa, N.Y. The fifth grader started her own business, Isla’s Divine Desserts, at the end of September 2022.

Now, her treats are award-winning, as she won second place at Ballston Spa’s Chocolate Fest on Feb. 3, 2023.

Davis got the idea to start a bakery after watching a lot of baking shows, but she doesn’t do it alone, according to News10.

“I have a lot of help from my family and especially my mom. My mom and I have a partnership

Renewed retail dining operations bolster college menu

Providing variety and convenience to complement the traditional dining hall experience, SUNY Oswego’s retail dining options have returned to operation throughout campus, with new offerings adding to a rich menu.

One notable new feature for coffee fans is Rich Hall’s Wall Street Market now serves Starbucks products, joining Penfield Library’s Lake Effect Café in offering this in-demand brand. These cafés offer the same Starbucks beverages and on-the-go convenience options such as salads, sandwic