Congress Beer To Be Reintroduced To Syracuse!

Willow Rock Brewery, located off Ainsley Drive in Syracuse, is going to resurrect a local beer that hasn’t been brewed since the 1960s! The brewery will begin brewing the iconic “Congress Beer” which was brewed in Syracuse from 1857 until 1961. 

Willow Rock will brew the beer based upon the original recipe from the Onondaga Historical Association (OHA). Locally sourced ingredients will be used to make the beer. Also, part of the profits will be donated to the OHA. The relaunch will happen this Wednesday, August 15 at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown from 4 to 8 pm. A horse -drawn wagon will deliver the beer. 

Congress Beer was brewed by Haberle’s Brewing which was located on Butternut Street on the city’s North Side. The brewery had an eleven foot tall statue of Gambrinus, the “patron god of beer,” on its roof. The beer was considered a “working man’s beer.”Sounds like we should all give it a try!

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