Outside the Tap Room at the Empire Farm Brewery (part of Empire Brewing Company) in Cazenovia, New York

Outside the Tap Room at the Empire Farm Brewery (part of Empire Brewing Company) in Cazenovia, New York

New Owners Close Empire Brewing But Plan to Reopen in 2020

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Weeks after Empire Farm Brewery was sold at auction, new owners Feldmeier Equipment Company have closed the brewery and announced they will rename it Meier’s Creek Brewing Co., according to a press release.

“We look forward to beginning this new chapter in creating a reimagined destination that the community can enjoy for years to come,” general manager Nate Hickey said in the release.

The 42,000 sq. ft. brewery, which sits on a 22-acre plot, was put up for auction last month after its previous owner filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in August. A tentative sale to Wisconsin-based Burnett Dairy Cooperative for $3.25 million was agreed upon, but Feldmeier outbid them at $3.44 million. Feldmeier installed the brewing equipment at Empire when the farm brewery opened in Cazenovia, New York in 2016.

Previous owner David Katleski retained Empire’s intellectual property. He and about 95 other employees have been let go in recent days, according to Syracuse.com.

Before it closed, Empire Brewing Company was an award-winning brewer of handcrafted ales and lagers. The brewery opened back in 1994 in the heart of downtown Syracuse and was known to for using the finest all-natural ingredients available by utilizing fresh locally sourced products from over sixty Central New York farmers.

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