Central New York, Food

The Brewery That Doesn’t Make Beer

Young people salute with their beer mugs during the opening ceremony of the famous beer festival ‘Oktoberfest’ in Munich, southern Germany, on Saturday, Sept.17, 2011. A Munich consumer watchdog group says Oktoberfest revelers are being shorted on beer at the famous Bavarian beer festival. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

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Anything but beer Wrap transcript

Sam Carter Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News)-According to the Brewers association, there are more than 6,500 breweries in the United States. It only makes sense that the clear majority of these businesses brew beer. But one local brewery is doing things a little bit differently.

Co-owner of Anything But Beer Brewery Britney Berry explains:

“[We at] Anything But Beer Brewery make grain-free and vegan fruit ales and we’ve started making spontaneously fermented ciders as well.”

The Brewery located in downtown Syracuse, is growing quickly and will complete its first bottling this summer. Berry, a transplant from Southern California who has lived in Central New York for more than 20 years, says Syracuse is a natural fit for her business.

“The Syracuse community is huge into craft products not just alcohol but food and other non-alcoholic beverages artisanal stuff. So, Syracuse has been really supportive of all that.”

She also adds that the growing number of privately owned small business is a boon to the Syracuse economy.

“Over the last 3-and-a-half-years, that I have seen a lot of growth not just in food and beverage but in general. A lot of larger businesses are starting here and staying here and that good for our economy and that allows people to start a lot of craft businesses as well. Because people are coming and living downtown who have more money and they have better jobs and that is allowing them to go out.”

Although, their products can only be found at bars like Seneca Brew Pub and Stout Beard Brewing Company. Anything But Beer does plan to move in to the retail space sector this year after the first bottling.