Celebrating  Craft  Brewing  in  the  Finger  Lakes.


General Information

Founded in the Spring of 2011, the Finger Lakes Beer Trail promotes the growing craft brewing industry in the Finger Lakes, showcasing the region’s craft brewers including:

  • 102 locations, consisting of:
    • 4 Beer Stores.
    • 25 Brew Pubs.
    • 57 Breweries.
    • 1 Home Brewing Supplies.
    • 12 Lodging/Accommodations.
    • 1 Restaurants.
    • 2 Tasting Rooms.
  • 1 new locations still in development.
  • 77 events so far in 2015.
  • 9 news items so far in 2015.
  • home brewing clubs.

See the location directory for a complete listing of Finger Lakes Beer Trail members.

In 2010, craft brewing in the U.S. grew 11% by volume and 12% in sales to $7.6 billion, according to the Brewers Association. More than 1,750 breweries operated for some or all of that year, giving the U.S. its largest pool of breweries since the late 1800s. Of these breweries, over 95% are craft brewers (1,033 brew pubs, 603 microbreweries, 80 regional craft brewers).

The FAQ contains more information about craft brewing in the Finger Lakes.

The "Media Kit" Facebook album contains images related to the Finger Lakes Beer Trail, including Web and print versions of our logo that can be used in publications about the Finger Lakes Beer Trail.

See what others are saying about the Finger Lakes Beer Trail In The Media.

The Founders

Local beer-enthusiasts, Adam Smith and Theresa Hollister, recognized the need for increased awareness and promotion of the region’s growing beer culture, so in February they co-founded Finger Lakes Beer Trail Marketing & Tourism Associates. Together, they form a uniquely qualified and talented team with the vision and expertise necessary to develop a successful enterprise that increases the visibility and reputation of the Finger Lakes beer culture. Adam and Theresa are committed to enhancing and promoting awareness of the craft brewers and other brewing and beer-affiliated businesses that comprise the Finger Lakes Beer Trail -- one beer at a time.

Adam Smith’s Bio:

Adam Smith is an experienced information technology professional with over 15 years of demonstrated knowledge and skill in project management, strategic development, and technical project implementation. His expertise lies in building custom applications and customizing off-the-shelf applications, with particular emphasis in the areas of content management systems, digital imaging, and digital asset management. As a results-oriented project manager with a strong technical background, Adam is able to successfully manage complex software development projects and deliver outcomes on-time and on-budget. He also possesses expertise in the areas of graphics design and copy editing in both online and offline settings.

Adam’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts from Cornell University and a Master of Science in Information Science from Syracuse University. He has worked for than a decade as a systems architect for a major university and has developed several open source projects, including Agile Author (sourceforge.net/projects/digdocdb), Handle Web Services (handle.library.cornell.edu), and Zoomify Image (sourceforge.net/projects/zoomifyimage).

Adam’s favorite type of beer is a rich, full-bodied, malty doppelbock.

Theresa Hollister’s Bio:

Theresa Hollister has nearly 20 year of professional experience in program development, project management, and marketing. Drawing upon her extensive background in both the not-for-profit and for-profit arenas, she brings to the table a diverse mix of skills and expertise in the areas of financial planning, strategy development, marketing & promotion, and organizational branding.  She has demonstrated success in stakeholder relationship-building, contract negotiation, and financial oversight in a variety of market segments including hospitality, tourism, economic development, and university research administration. Theresa also possesses expertise in social media marketing, small business development, and event planning.

Theresa’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Business Studies from Buffalo State College and a Master of Public Administration from Binghamton University. She is a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) and has worked as a grant and contract administrator for several years in the sponsored program office of a mid-sized public university. She is also a 2008 graduate of the Leadership Development Institute sponsored by the National Council of Research Administrators.

Theresa’s favorite type of beer is a rich, creamy stout preferably one infused with coffee and/or chocolate.