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Syracuse basketball at Pittsburgh: 5 Key Things to Know (PS; $; Waters)


Syracuse and Pittsburgh, two teams that have had a lot to stew about, will meet at the Petersen Events Center on Tuesday night.

Syracuse (11-5, 2-3 ACC) is coming off a 103-67 shellacking at North Carolina on Saturday. The 36-point margin of loss was the largest for Syracuse since a 108-69 loss at DePaul in 2006.

Pittsburgh (10-6, 1-4) has had to sit for almost a week since dropping a 75-53 decision at home to Duke last Wednesday. It was the Panthers’ third ACC loss at home in as many games.

The Panthers have also had something else to think about as they got ready for Syracuse: an 81-73 loss to the Orange at the JMA Wireless Dome back on Dec. 30. Pitt held a 38-30 halftime lead in that game, but the Orange scored 51 second-half points and roared past the Panthers.

It’s no surprise that Syracuse and Pitt have gotten off to slow starts in the ACC. They’ve both had brutally tough opening slates to their ACC schedules.

Syracuse might have the toughest trio of road games to begin conference play with trips to Virginia, Duke and North Carolina. The Orange lost those games by an average of 26 points. Syracuse has managed to offset those losses with home wins over Pittsburgh and Boston College.

Pittsburgh, on the other hand, had to deal with three rigorous home games to start the conference. The Panthers hosted Clemson, North Carolina and Duke, losing all three by an average of 12.6 points. The Panthers got their only ACC win to date on a trip to Louisville.

Syracuse’s 81-73 win over Pitt at the JMA Dome is really the only thing that separates the two teams and now the Panthers have a chance to even the score.

The SU-Pittsburgh game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

Here are 5 Key Things to Know about the matchup:

Orange’s outside shooting

Syracuse has many issues to deal with coming off its 103-67 loss at North Carolina, but the most problematic is the Orange’s outside shooting.

Syracuse went 4-for-19 at North Carolina; a woeful 21% effort. In conference play, the Orange ranks dead last in both 3-point shooting percentage (.294) and 3-pointers made per game (4.4).
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Opponent Preview: What to know about Pittsburgh ahead of 2nd matchup with SU (DO; O'Brien)

After suffering the program’s worst loss since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference against North Carolina on Jan. 13, Syracuse head coach Adrian Autry quickly shifted the focus to the team’s road matchup versus Pittsburgh.

“We got a game on Tuesday,” Autry said to his players following a 103-67 road loss to No. 7 UNC.

The Orange looked lethargic on Saturday. On multiple turnovers, no SU players ran back to try and stop the Tar Heels from scoring. If there is any hope of sniffing the NCAA Tournament, Syracuse has to gather some road wins against conference opponents.

SU has a bounce back opportunity Tuesday night at the Petersen Events Center, a venue it hasn’t won in since Feb. 26, 2020. But the Orange already have found success against the Panthers this season, beating them 81-73 at the JMA Wireless Dome on Dec. 30.

Here’s everything to know about Pittsburgh (10-6, 1-4 ACC) before it takes on Syracuse (11-5, 2-3 ACC) for the second time this season:

All-time series

Syracuse leads 74-50.

Last time they played…

The Orange hosted the Panthers on Dec. 30, 2023 for their second conference game of the season. After Pitt went on a 14-4 run to end the first half, Syracuse, then without a win in conference play, trailed by eight.

But the Orange went on to outscore the Panthers 51-35 in the second half to seal the 81-73 victory. Benny Williams, Quadir Copeland and Maliq Brown combined for 52 points and the team as a whole shot 47%. Judah Mintz capped off the comeback by throwing up an alley-oop to Williams, who finished the play with a thunderous dunk.

KenPom odds

Pittsburgh has a 67% chance of winning, with a projected score of 74-69.

The Panthers report

Since their loss to SU, the Panthers have failed to win consecutive games as they lost to North Carolina 70-57 on Dec. 2 and to No. 11 Duke 75-53 on Jan. 9. Pittsburgh did defeat Louisville – who sits in last place in the ACC – 83-70 on Dec. 6.

Guard Blake Hinson leads the ACC in 3-point field goals but has struggled recently against the conference’s top teams. Against the Tar Heels and Blue Devils, Hinson scored just a combined 30 points.
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Our beat writers are split if Syracuse will defeat Pittsburgh (DO; Staff)

Syracuse suffered a program worst-ever loss to No. 7 North Carolina on Jan. 13. The 103-67 defeat also marked SU’s largest since a 39-point loss to DePaul in 2006.

Just six minutes into Saturday’s contest, the Orange trailed by double-digits and never recovered. They fell on the wrong side of a 52-30 deficit at halftime. They conceded 22 second-chance points and allowed 58 inside the paint. They had no answer to RJ Davis’ game-high 22 nor Armando Bacot’s sixth double-double this season.

“We just didn’t do a good job defensively, and that’s the bottom line,” said Syracuse head coach Adrian Autry. “We didn’t do a good job in any aspect.”

Come Tuesday, SU seeks a return to the win column on the road at Pittsburgh — a team it defeated 81-73 on Jan. 30, 2023. Since then, the Panthers have picked up losses to UNC and Duke but chalked a 83-70 win over Louisville.

Here’s how our beat writers believe Syracuse (11-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) will fare at Pittsburgh (10-6, 1-4 ACC):

Cole Bambini (15-1)
Season split
Pittsburgh 76, Syracuse 73

Syracuse is looking a lot different than it did when it defeated Pittsburgh at the end of 2023, earning its fifth-straight win. SU has struggled, getting blown out by Duke and North Carolina, and coming from behind to defeat Boston College. Similarly, Pitt has also lost to UNC and Duke since that first matchup versus Syracuse.

Pitt currently has the third-best defense in the conference, limiting opponents to just 66.1 points per game. And the Panthers will look to leading scorer Blake Hinson, who had 11 against SU last time.

The first outing wasn’t an easy victory for the Orange, relying on a season-high 52 bench points to come back from an early 11-point second-half deficit. If Syracuse plays the way it did against UNC or Duke, Pitt will win. And though the Panthers are not as difficult of an opponent compared to the Tar Heels, SU’s performances on the road hasn’t justified that it’ll sweep the season series.

Henry O’Brien (15-1)
315 > 412
Syracuse 74, Pittsburgh 72

Syracuse absolutely needs this win. It cannot come out with another weak road effort like it had against then-No. 7 North Carolina and then-No. 11 Duke. The Orange are in need of another conference to win to stay near the bubble.

Pitt is nowhere near the caliber of the Tar Heels or Blue Devils, so a win is certainly attainable. If Quadir Copeland, Maliq Brown and Benny Williams can perform like they did against the Panthers on Dec. 30 (52 points between them), then SU has a much better chance of winning.

There are two things to change from the last outing against Pitt, though. First, Mintz has to score more than just 12 points. Second, the Orange have to do better from beyond the arc. They only made three 3-pointers against the Panthers, who have one of the best 3-point defenses in the country. Syracuse doesn’t have to be perfect, but if it can improve just enough from 3, then another win over the Panthers is likely.
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SU basketball is 0-3 on the ACC road this season. Why is that? (PS; $; Ditota)

It’s tough out there on the road.

Numerous men’s college basketball analytical sites have discussed this year how difficult it is to win away from home.

Evan Miyakawa, a metrics guy who runs his own men’s college basketball website, said home teams are winning 66% of their games this season, up from 61% the past two seasons.

Winning on the road at the high major level is harder than ever this year:

Home teams in the top 7 conferences are winning 66% of the time in league play this season, up from about 61% the previous two seasons.
— Evan Miyakawa (@EvanMiya) January 11, 2024

Syracuse can attest to the road struggle.

The Orange heads to Pittsburgh on Tuesday night to play the Panthers for the second time this season.

In three previous ACC road games this season, Syracuse is 0-3. The Orange has been outscored by an average of 26 points in those games.

SU is 2-0 at home and is outscoring those opponents by an average of nine points.

A closer look at the numbers, though, suggests a few common threads in those losses and the stone cold reality about the kind of opponent SU has played on the ACC road.

Two of those teams are elite nationally (North Carolina, Duke).

One of those teams has been very good at home (Virginia).

And all of those teams play terrific defense. UNC, Duke and UVa are three of the ACC’s top four defensive teams.

Syracuse struggled to score in those contests, averaging 65 points in those losses.

None of those teams allowed the Orange to do what it does best — gallop out in transition and play in the open court.
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Meredith Perri

Freeman at IMG: ‘Good weight’ and the part of his game that can ‘take me to the next level’ (PS; $; Pignatello)

The transition from life at home in Washington, D.C., to living alone at IMG Academy took some adjusting for Syracuse signee Donnie Freeman.

For one, the 6-foot-9, 205-pound power forward added greens to his diet for the first time. He’s also added 10 pounds since enrolling, thanks to a college-level strength and conditioning program and a nutritionist who travels with the team.

“I put the weight on quickly, but it was good weight at the same time, and that’s really what I needed for Syracuse,” Freeman told syracuse.com on Sunday.

“To compete at this level, I had to bulk up so I could take the bumps, finish through contact, be a better defender, all around with strength.”

After an impressive Sunday afternoon performance at the HoopHall Classic here in front of Orange head coach Adrian Autry and assistants Allen Griffin and Gerry McNamara, Freeman spoke about his year at IMG, the strides he’s been making in his game and the mix of encouragement and constructive criticism he’s been hearing from SU coaches.

He said he’s trying to make a trip to Syracuse for a basketball game this season, possibly in February.

Freeman is an incoming freshman for the 2024-25 season. A consensus four-star recruit ranked 38th nationally by ESPN and 28th by 247Sports, Freeman put up 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists, a block and two steals on Sunday afternoon against Sunrise Christian Academy.

Before transferring to IMG, Freeman spent his first three years of high school basketball playing for St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C.

“It’s hard to be away from my family and do everything on my own,” Freeman said. “… But it’s been good for me though. It’s paid off.”
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Autry drops in to watch star incoming freshman: ‘We need somebody who can shoot’ (PS; $; Pitnatello)


Syracuse head coach Adrian Autry and assistants Allen Griffin and Gerry McNamara took in star incoming freshman Donnie Freeman’s game for IMG at the HoopHall Classic here Sunday afternoon.

The 6-foot-9 power forward showed off impressive versatility in a win for IMG. He displayed nice ball handling skills, 3-point range and grabbed seven rebounds. He put up 19 points, mostly on a variety of moves in the post.

“He’s a guy that has versatility on both ends of the floor, that’s why we like him,” Autry told syracuse.com. “He can guard spots one through five, offensively being able to play him inside, stepping outside, let him start the fast break.”

In one sequence, Freeman did just that.

On one end, he rebounded the ball, dished it to his point guard and then drained a transition 3-pointer at the point. On the other end, he got back on defense and blocked a shot, leading to a turnover and another runout for his IMG teammates.

“They feel like they need a guy like me to bring stuff to the table, different things,” Freeman said. “Maybe one night might not be my scoring night, but I can defend every player, I can rebound, I can pass, I can do different things.”

Autry said Freeman’s versatility would be extremely helpful this year, especially with his combination of shooting and size.

Syracuse, fresh off a 103-67 loss at North Carolina, ranks 13th out of 15 ACC schools in both 3-point percentage and 3-point makes heading into Tuesday night’s game at Pittsburgh.

“We need somebody who can shoot – who can stretch the floor like that – right now,” Autry said.
Syracuse head coach Adrian Autry and assistants Allen Griffin and Gerry McNamara took in star incoming freshman Donnie Freeman’s game for IMG at the HoopHall Classic here Sunday afternoon.

The 6-foot-9 power forward showed off impressive versatility in a win for IMG. He displayed nice ball handling skills, 3-point range and grabbed seven rebounds. He put up 19 points, mostly on a variety of moves in the post.

“He’s a guy that has versatility on both ends of the floor, that’s why we like him,” Autry told syracuse.com. “He can guard spots one through five, offensively being able to play him inside, stepping outside, let him start the fast break.”

In one sequence, Freeman did just that.

On one end, he rebounded the ball, dished it to his point guard and then drained a transition 3-pointer at the point. On the other end, he got back on defense and blocked a shot, leading to a turnover and another runout for his IMG teammates.

“They feel like they need a guy like me to bring stuff to the table, different things,” Freeman said. “Maybe one night might not be my scoring night, but I can defend every player, I can rebound, I can pass, I can do different things.”

Autry said Freeman’s versatility would be extremely helpful this year, especially with his combination of shooting and size.

Syracuse, fresh off a 103-67 loss at North Carolina, ranks 13th out of 15 ACC schools in both 3-point percentage and 3-point makes heading into Tuesday night’s game at Pittsburgh.

“We need somebody who can shoot – who can stretch the floor like that – right now,” Autry said.
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Syracuse basketball coach Adrian Autry on redshirt year for freshman William Patterson: ‘That’s the plan’ (PS; $; Waters)

Syracuse freshman William Patterson, who has yet to appear in a game this season, will likely take a redshirt year, according to SU coach Adrian Autry.

“That’s kind of the plan,’' Autry said during his appearance on the ACC’s weekly coaches conference call on Monday. “Obviously, we’ll try to see what’s happening, but that’s kind of the plan.’'

Patterson, a 7-foot-2 center from Brooklyn, is part of a deep pool of centers on the Syracuse roster. In addition to Naheem McLeod, who started the first 14 games of the season, the Orange has 6-11 junior Mounir Hima and 6-11 redshirt freshman Peter Carey, while 6-8 forward Maliq Brown has spent the entire year at the center spot as well.

Brown has started at center in SU’s last two games with McLeod out with a foot injury.

“We have some guys with a little bit more experience that are a little bit further ahead than he is,’' Autry said.

Patterson is the only freshman on SU’s roster. He came to Syracuse after attending The Patrick School in New Jersey.

Patterson can take a redshirt this season and preserve a year of eligibility. While Autry said that has been the plan, if Syracuse experiences more health issues among its other centers, Patterson would play if needed.

“Anything can happen,’' Autry said. “You just never know. We could (have) another injury or anything could happen. We feel like we hae a good frontline, but you just never know. But that’s where we’re at right now.’'

Asked about McLeod, who has missed SU’s last two games, Autry said he had not had a chance to talk to the school’s medical staff for an update on the 7-4 junior. McLeod reportedly saw a foot specialist on Friday. Autry said he hoped to speak with the medical staff later Monday afternoon.

Syracuse (11-5 overall, 2-3 ACC) plays at Pittsburgh on Tuesday.


ACC Power Rankings: Blowout loss to UNC drops SU basketball (PS; $; Carlson)


Only three teams in the ACC didn’t lose a game last week.

Duke has won eight straight. North Carolina has won seven. Florida State has won its past four.

Every other team in the league lost in at least once in a topsy-turvy week, one that hammered home the ACC’s reality this season. The league has two very good teams, a couple of intriguing ones and a lot of mediocre and bad ones.

That’s why the conference currently has just three teams projected in the NCAA Tournament in Joe Lunardi’s most recent Bracketology, with three more sitting on the bubble. Syracuse is not among them.

1. North Carolina

Record: 13-3 (5-0)
Last week’s ranking: 1
Last week’s results: Win 67-54 at North Carolina State; Win 103-67 vs. Syracuse
This week’s schedule: Wednesday vs. Louisville; Saturday at Boston College

Why No. 1? The Tar Heels won three-straight road games by double-digits, then returned home to blitz Syracuse. They’re on a six-game winning streak and have experience, talent, size and skilled guards.

2. Duke

Record: 13-3 (4-1)
Last week’s ranking: 2
Last week’s results: Win 75-53 at Pittsburgh; Win 84-79 vs. Georgia Tech
This week’s schedule: Saturday vs. Pittsburgh

Why No. 2? The Blue Devils have Kyle Filipowski, a 7-footer who shoots 41.2% from behind the 3-point line. Filipowski averaged 28 points and 11.5 rebounds in the two wins and his 30-point, 13-rebound, five-assist line against Georgia Tech will go down as one of the league’s best this year.

3. Wake Forest

Record: 12-4 (4-1)
Last week’s ranking: 4
Last week’s results: Loss 87-82 at Florida State; Win 66-47 vs. Virginia
This week’s schedule: Tuesday at N.C. State; Saturday at Louisville

Why No. 3? Wake Forest followed last week’s big win over Miami by losing to Florida State, snapping a nine-game winning streak. Given the choices — and the fact that the Demon Deacons got back on the horse by beating Virginia soundly — I’m going to chalk it up as a fluke and go with the team that’s been playing the best in this spot.

4. Clemson

Record: 12-4 (2-3)
Last week’s ranking: 3
Last week’s results: Loss 87-72 at Virginia Tech; Win 89-78 vs. Boston College
This week’s schedule: Tuesday vs. Georgia Tech; Saturday at Florida State

Why No. 4? Clemson was the most difficult team to spot this week with a still-strong NCAA Tournament resume but three losses in its last four. Is that a sign of the Tigers coming to earth? Or is that just a rough patch that came against a difficult stretch of the schedule? Clemson could have fallen further.

5. Miami

Record: 12-4 (3-2)
Last week’s ranking: 5
Last week’s results: Loss 80-71 at Louisville; Win 75-71 at Virginia Tech
This week’s schedule: Wednesday vs. Florida State; Saturday at Syracuse

Why No. 5? The Hurricanes may have had the league’s worst loss and best win in the same week, losing to lowly Louisville but knocking off Virginia Tech on the road. Florida State forward Matthew Cleveland (20.8 points per game in his last four) is starting to find himself on offense. If that continues the Hurricanes will have an excellent starting five and start climbing.

6. North Carolina State

Record: 12-4 (4-1)
Last week’s ranking: 6
Last week’s results: Loss 67-54 vs. North Carolina; Win 89-83 at Louisville
This week’s schedule: Tuesday vs. Wake Forest; Saturday vs. Virginia Tech

Why No. 6? The Wolfpack’s performance is similar to Syracuse with no bad losses, few (if any) exciting wins and a recent stretch in which they took care of business against teams they should beat. The big difference is that North Carolina State at least appeared to belong on the floor with the league’s top team when it played UNC last week.

7. Virginia Tech

Record: 10-6 (2-3)
Last week’s ranking: 11
Last week’s results: Win 87-72 vs. Clemson; Loss 75-71 vs. Miami
This week’s schedule: Wednesday at Virginia; Saturday at North Carolina State

Why No. 7? The Hokies earned a split this week while getting limited minutes from one of their top players, Hunter Cattoor, who left the Clemson win after being kicked in the face. Clemson is a decent win and hanging with Miami without a top player is an indication that the Hokies have a toughness to them. I don’t anticipate Cattoor will be out long. If he is, the Hokies are too high.

8. Syracuse

Record: 11-5 (2-3)
Last week’s ranking: 7
Last week’s results: Win 69-59 vs. Boston College; Loss 103-67 at North Carolina
This week’s schedule: Tuesday at Pittsburgh; Saturday at Miami

Why No. 8? Syracuse has been non-competitive against every high-level team it has played and some middling ones too. But the Orange has handled the opponents it should have. That’s not going to be good enough to make the NCAA Tournament in a down ACC, but it makes for a middle-of-the-road ACC team.
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New AP men’s basketball Top 25 poll after tumultuous week: Is there a new No. 1? (PS; $; Ditota)

It’s getting hard to slot teams into the Top 25.

Four of the top five teams in last week’s AP men’s basketball Top 25 lost. Very few Top 25 teams survived a week without a defeat. One team (Oklahoma) lost twice. Other teams that played just one game lost that one game.

It’s tough out there in college basketball.

Shakeups abound in the latest poll.

Here’s the latest Top 25, followed by the ballot I submitted last night:

(rank, team, record, total points, number of No. 1 votes in parentheses)

1. UConn (15-2) 1542 (39)

2. Purdue (15-2) 1506 (20)

3. Kansas (14-2) 1426 (3)

4. North Carolina (13-3) 1407 (1)

5. Houston (14-2) 1236 (0)

6. Tennessee (12-4) 1147 (0)

7. Duke (13-3) 1130 (0)

8. Kentucky (12-3) 1123 (0)

9. Baylor (14-2 1055 (0)

10. Memphis (15-2) 987 (0)

11. Wisconsin (13-3) 948 (0)

12. Arizona (12-4) 918 (0)

13. Auburn (14-2) 905 (0)

14. Illinois (12-4) 660 (0)

15. Oklahoma (13-3) 633 (0)

16. Utah State (16-1) 538 (0)

17. Marquette (11-5) 516 (0)

18. Creighton (13-4) 433 (0)

19. TCU (13-3) 293 (0)

20. BYU (13-3) 270 (0)

21. Dayton (13-2) 261 (0)

22. Ole Miss (15-1) 236 (0)

23. Florida Atlantic (13-4) 221 (0)

24. Iowa State (13-3) 195 (0)

25. Texas Tech (14-2) 191 (0)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:

Colorado St. 169, San Diego St. 153, Seton Hall 89, Alabama 60, Grand Canyon 49, Clemson 38, Boise St. 22, Nevada 22, Texas 20, Oregon 17, St. John’s 15, New Mexico 14, NC State 8, Princeton 5, Gonzaga 5, Utah 3, Mississippi St. 3, South Carolina 2, Villanova 2, McNeese St. 1, James Madison 1.

MBB: ACC Pride 2024 Jan 14 (RX; HM)

MBB: ACC Pride 2024 Jan 14

From the weekly "ACC Pride" press release...

Men's Basketball

The ACC joins the Big 12 as the only two conferences to have at least 10 teams in the top 75 of the Friday NCAA NET ratings. ACC in the NET Top 75: North Carolina (9), Duke (13), Clemson (29), Virginia Tech (49), Wake Forest (53), Virginia (56), Miami (62), Pitt (66), NC State (72) and Syracuse (75).

ACC teams own 19 wins over Quad 1 NET opponents this season, including nine in non-conference play.
Three ACC teams are ranked nationally this week. North Carolina (7), Duke (11) and Clemson (21) are ranked in the Associated Press poll, with Miami, NC State and Wake Forest earning votes. UNC (7), Duke (11) and Clemson (21) also earned spots in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

ACC teams finished 119-46 (72.1%) in non-conference play in the regular season. That includes nine wins over Associated Press top-25 teams. Three ACC teams captured MTE titles this season - Clemson (Asheville), Florida State (Sunshine Slam) and Miami (Baha Mar).
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NA (non-alcohol) beers from Prison City Brewing Co. in Auburn, N.Y: Cream Ale, Jamberry Beret, and Mass Riot. (Photo by Caroline Lethbridge for Prison City Brewing)Caroline Lethbridge

Are Central New York craft brewers ready to make no-alcohol beers? Some are giving it a try (PS; Cazentre)


Mass Riot, an IPA brewed by Auburn’s Prison City Brewing Co., is one of the best-known and most award-winning craft beers made in Central New York.

Now, you can try Mass Riot and several other Prison City beers in non-alcohol (NA) versions.

Mass Riot is a hazy New England-style IPA that is 6.8% alcohol. The NA version meets the requirement for an “NA” label by having less than 0.5% alcohol. Mass Riot and three other NA beers are now on rotation at Prison City’s two Auburn locations.

No- and low- alcohol beer (roughly 1% alcohol) represent one of the fastest growing segments in the U.S. beer market, as drinkers increasingly seek options that are perceived as more healthful. That, in turn, has helped promote the idea of Dry January, when many people look for no-alcohol drink alternatives.

And while big beer companies like Anheuser-Busch, Guinness and even Genesee are making them, it’s still rare for small craft brewers to jump in. That’s because the special equipment and process can be expensive and difficult.

Prison City is doing it by sending kegs of its standard-strength beers to a location in Westchester County, where a company called ABV Technology, which specializes in the process, extracts the alcohol. The resulting NA version is returned to Prison City.

“We decided to sort of experiment this way, to see if we like the taste of it, and if our customers like it,” said Dawn Schulz, who owns Prison City with her husband, Marc. “Then we can see if it becomes part of our strategic plan for the future.’'

The taste is affected somewhat by the process, but still retains many of the essential qualities of the original beer, said Tanner Scarr, Prison City’s general manager.

“It burns off a tiny bit of the flavor,” Scarr said, noting that hop aromas are more likely to be affected than malt taste. “But it’s got the body and the look and a lot of the flavor is still there.”

In addition to Mass Riot, other Prison City beers with NA variations are its Jamberry Beret, plus a dark lager and a cream ale. For at least the near future, one tap will be dedicated to an NA beer at each Prison City location (28 State St. and 251 North St.)

Another Onondaga County brewery, Heritage Hill Brewhouse in Pompey, announced last week it is releasing a “low” alcohol beer called Hey Driver, a dry-hopped IPA that will be just under 1% alcohol. It uses a different process than the one for NA beer.

“There are more people who are asking for it, but really it’s also about expanding our product line,” said Dan Palladino, who owns Heritage Hill at 3149 Sweet Road in Pompey. “It’s really good. We’re really going to push it.”
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