Our Story

The Lilly Family purchased this fine local brewery with the goal to hand-craft the highest quality beer with the finest ingredients, then deliver it to the public at affordable prices. As a family, we are honored to be given the opportunity to reopen Horseheads Brewing to the community that brought life to it. Our family has enthusiastically entered into the world of wine, beer and spirits. Fifteen years ago we hosted the first annual Wine on the Lake and have since added three annual festivals to the collection — Crystal City Wine Festival, Glass City Wine Festival and Buffalo Wine Festival. We sincerely enjoy supporting our local wineries, breweries and distilleries. Through this experience we gained a passion for local breweries and all they have to offer.

A Proud History

Horseheads Brewing broke ground in June of 2006 and opened its doors to the public on July 3rd, 2007. It was nurtured by its founders, Ed and Brenda Samchisen, for 11 years until closing in July of 2018. We speak for the community when we say, thank you for a job well-done!


Horseheads Brewing was named TAP NY Best Craft Brewery in New York State 2010 and 2015.

Meet the Team