About New York Beer
New York’s beer history started in the colonial days, where beer was a source of nourishment. Drinking beer was often safer than drinking water. New York would see an influx of German immigrants in the late 1830’s and 1840’s. As a result they began to build commercial breweries which excelled in producing German style Lagers. There was also a rise of beer halls and beer gardens. Unfortunately Prohibition hit and many of the breweries perished as a result. When Prohibition was repealed the New York beer scene was very homogenous.
Like the rest of the US, New York saw a beer boom with the craft beer revival. The state is now home to more than 320 breweries with Genesee Brewery being the state’s oldest, founded in 1878.