LAKEWOOD, NY- As craft breweries become more and more prominent across the country, it's never been easier to bypass the local bar and go straight to the source.
And with the recent craft boom right in Erie County, it's easy to forget that a pioneer in the beer revival is just an hour and a half to our south.
Founded in 2002, Southern Tier Brewing Company has grown substantially since its inception, to the point where it's not hard to grab a pint even if you're outside Western New York.
Nathan Arnone, the brand manager for Southern Tier, was sold on the future of the brewery since he had his first glass about 12 years ago.
"We're still a craft brewery of course, we brewed about a hundred thousand barrels of beer last year. It's not a hobby anymore," Arnone said.