With so many small towns loyal to local farms, food and drink, it’s no surprise that Central New York’s thriving brewing community stretches back to the early 1800s. After Rome lost two breweries to fire in 1858, at least a dozen more opened in the city over the next century. A group of Oneonta gentlemen decided the town needed a brewery in 1909, and in 2012, similar thinking launched Roots Brewing Company. Cooperstown is a beer destination, thanks to Brewery Ommegang and Council Rock, and breweries in nearby Canastota, Cazenovia, Garrettsville, Hamilton and Milford are now also drawing the thirsty masses. Local historian of hops Dan Shumway explores the long and sudsy story of beer in Central New York.