Empire Brewing Co. in Syracuse launches second ‘tea beer’ venture with China | syracuse.com

By Don Cazentre | December 8, 2015

SYRACUSE, NY — Empire Brewing Co,. today announced its second collaboration with a Chinese company to make a beer using traditional Asian tea ingredients.

empireherbs.JPG Brewing up Kuding-Ta IPA at Empire Brewing Co. in Syracuse: Ingredients include the bitter herb kuding (on plate at top), and New York-grown Chinook hops, bottom. The glass holds an infusion of the herb to be used in brewing the beer, a collaboration between between Empire and Panda Brew of China. (Don Cazentre)

The new beer — Kuding-Ta IPA — is flavored with the bitter kuding herb, the leaf of the Chinese holly plant, plus New York-grown Chinook hops.

It’s part of plan to grow the Empire Brewing Co., which operates an Armory Square brewpub and is currently building one of New York’s largest craft breweries off Route 13 in Cazenovia.

The goal is to expand Empire’s brand identity beyond the Empire State — and into the world’s largest economic market.

In Central New York, Kuding-Ta IPA will available in about two weeks on tap at Empire’s Armory Square brewpub, 120 Walton St. At the same time, a Chinese-made version will debut in the brewpubs operated by Panda Brew of Beijing.

The beer will then be made by Panda Brew in China. The company has 4 brewpubs and sells packaged beer in 40 Chinese cities.

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