Christopher Bates Loves the Challenge of Brewing and Cooking with Beer

Larissa Zimberoff

As if Christopher Bates wasn’t busy enough with F.L.X. Table and F.L.X. Wienery in the Finger Lakes, N.Y., the chef/master sommelier is also a winemaker, brewer and instructor, and between it all has found time for his latest venture, F.L.X. Culture House, where he’ll do beer brewing and bottling.

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