Burley Oak Embodies Craft Beer Culture Stimulating Local Economy by Anthony Towey

When Berlin squared off against Cazenovia, NY in the finals of Budget Travel’s “Coolest Small Town” contest this winter, the mayors of the municipalitiesupped the ante on the competition, each wagering a growler of locally brewed beer on the outcome. Mayor Gee Williams putting beer from Burley Oak on the line may have been intended as a fun side bet (which he won), but it is also highly symbolic of the brewery’s importance to its hometown.

In an area with an ever-expanding brewery scene, the Burley Oak Brewing Co. is not only redefining what craft beer can be, but also striving to embody the very essence of the culture itself, and spearheading the emergence of its community along the way.

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