New York December 23, 2019
Plan A Trip To Saranac Brewery, Where The First Beer Was Served After The Prohibition In New York
Readers of Only In New York may remember how we’ve shared with everyone that out in the city of Binghamton, you can find an actual up and running speakeasy at
205 Dry that you can only access if you know where the secret door is and the passcode to enter. Pretty cool, right? Well, if you’re ready to find yourself even more intrigued by all that our state has to offer, then you’re going to love discovering how right in Central New York you can have a drink in a speakeasy that was up and running during the Prohibition! Check it out.
In the heart of Central New York, the city of Utica is home to Saranac Brewery - one of the oldest breweries that you'll find anywhere in the country.
With a history that dates all the way back to 1888, Saranac Brewery resides less than an hour outside of Syracuse and happens to be one of the largest breweries in New York State.
The most fascinating part about this massive brewery though is the fact that you can leap into so much fascinating history during their weekly brewery tours.
For only $5 dollars, anyone can attend one of Saranac Brewery's tours that are offered on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year.
During your tour, you'll get to see behind the scenes of the famous, historic Saranac Brewery, check out the brewing floor, canning area, and enjoy a free drink at the end of your tour!
One of the most exciting parts about tours at Saranac Brewery though is the fact that you get to actually visit the speakeasy that was up and running during the Prohibition -concealed by the factory that was only producing soda at the time yet had Central New Yorkers illegally drinking underground.
Those who partake in the brewery tours will also learn about the fact that this place was the first to serve an alcoholic beverage once the Prohibition ended in America, quenching the thirst of local Central New Yorkers and Utica residents just minutes after the bill was passed in Washington D.C.!
After your tour is finished, you can also swing by the brewery's official gift shop where you can buy all sorts of Saranac Brewery and Utica Club merchandise.
To find out more about touring the Saranac Brewery in Utica,
Brewery Tour Hours:
Friday and Saturday - 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m.
1888 Tavern Hours:
Tuesday through Saturday - 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Wondering what other bucket list-worthy destinations around the Empire State you should visit? Then be sure to read about how You Can Stand In Three Different States At Once In The City Of Port Jervis, New York!
Address: 830 Varick St, Utica, NY 13502, USA