Brand Spotlight: Ithaca Beer Co.

For decades, the Finger Lakes region in Central New York has been known as one of the few havens for wine making in the U.S. not within a stone’s throw of the Pacific Ocean. Over the last 15 years, though, the Ithaca Beer Company has slowly but surely been challenging wine’s supremacy over the region by consistently producing new and exciting beers year in, year out.

Founded on the southern shore of Cayuga Lake in 1998, the Ithaca Beer Co. set out on a mission to capture the spirit of the Finger Lakes and make the simple moments worthwhile. In our totally unbiased opinion, they’ve succeeded on both fronts. Headlined by its flagship beer Apricot Wheat, Ithaca produces over a dozen different, tasty brews a year including Cascazilla Red and Flower Power IPA. Ithaca’s got the designated drivers in the group covered too with non-alcoholic Ginger Beer and Root Beer.

What the heck is a “Finger Lake”?

The Finger Lakes are a region in the southern part of Upstate New York between Rochester and Syracuse comprised of 11 long, skinny lakes. They received their collective name when early European mapmakers thought they resembled human fingers. Today’s satellite technology shows us that that’s not necessarily the case but let’s cut the guys a break, they were working with quill pens and parchment. For you geology fans out there, you’ll be interested to know that the lakes were initially streams that were widened and deepened by receding glaciers some two million years ago.


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