Roosterfish Brewing Co.

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Roosterfish Brewing Co.Roosterfish Brewing Co.
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3.65/5
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281 Ratings
Place Score: 87
Ratings: 43
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: n/a
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[ Brewery, Eatery ]

303 N. Franklin St
Watkins Glen, New York, 14891
United States
phone: (607) 535-9797

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Place added by: John

Also home to Wildflower Café.
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Reviews by mgbickel:
Photo of mgbickel
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Arrived at the brewpub for a late lunch/early dinner during the week. Very few others were in the building...save for a number of servers and bartenders. This is located on a tiny main street, very quaint and captures that small town feel perfectly.

You enter into the main bar area...we sat in a booth in the next room, behind the bar room. The booths remind me of large church pews...highly polished dark wood...which fit in perfectly with the modern "irish pub" feel.

The menu is decent with a few unique items. The beer menu is right in line with that of any brewpub. Our waitress was friendly and offered her opinions when asked.

Very happy to have picked out this place as one of our stops while driving through NY. Good food and beer and in an awesome setting.

More User Reviews:
Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Quaint interior with a down to earth, pub ambiance. Staff and service are OK, but vary widely. They won't fill a half growler?! Beers are really good overall and they've got a good selection to choose from (10-12, I think). The food sounds better than it tastes, but to be fair it sounds really awesome. Pub food with personality and a focus on fresh, local ingredients. Beer menu is well made and they have a handy tasting sheet so you can easily tell them what you want and always know which is which. Nice place, overall.

Photo of boszormeny
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Stopped in for dinner while on a Finger Lakes brewery tour. An outstanding selection of beers. There was inside and outside seating. very cool garage doors to the outside. Food was awesome. If you like BBQ stop in. Lots of beer selections, something for all tastes. They had a band starting just as dinner finished, wished we could have stayed longer.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Stopped in here for lunch on my birthday trip to Ithaca.

The beer selection was alright. Nothing crazy on tap, but all of their usual suspects. Rooster Fish beer runs from average to bland to me most of the time. Drinkable, but I wouldn't seek it out. Hop Warrior and Cocoa Porter were the best I tried.

The food was better. They claimed to use all local ingredients, and it made for a very tasty experience. Salad and burger was great.

The service was satisfactory. Refilled sodas and waters at a good pace. The atmosphere was alright as well, the place was a little too dark at times.

Photo of rmargeson
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Long time restaurant (Wildflower Café) is now known for the brewpub but it is good pub grub and a "happening" place in Watkins Glen - old-timey English phone booth out front. Music often on weekends and the place can get really jammed in the summer but off season is very pleasant way to spend an evening in a fairly British-type pub atmosphere.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

We stopped in here on 8/2/2011 while on vacation.
Small dimly lit restaurant on the left side and a dimly lit bar on the right side. This place takes up two store fronts that are connected in the front with a small passageway by the front windows. We ate an early dinner in the restaurant half. Service was a little confused, but once things got rolling we were taken care of. The staff even prepared a cake for my daughter who turned 7 that day. The food was good, a step above pub food, but it was a bit pricy. The beer I had I really enjoyed. If I were ever in Watkins Glen again I would definitely stop by again.

Photo of psycle
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A group of four of us walked in here late in the afternoon on Saturday for dinner after I took my Harley around the Watkins Glen racetrack for a few laps (thats another story).

We decided to sit in a booth on the brewpub side as opposed to the Wildflower Cafe side, which has similar booths and tables. A bit dimly lit but enjoyed the view of the brewing equipment.

Not a huge selection of beer other than their own but understandable since they would rather you drink what they brew. Good selection of locally produced Finger Lakes area wine for those crazy non-beer drinkers. And enough variety of food to satisfy most.

Our waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable in both the food and drinks on the menu. I opted for the flight rack with only five 4oz samples instead of the full eight. C'mon I was only on two wheels that day. Without writing full reviews on 4oz samples, I will say the darker brews were much better than the lighter ones. Esp the Nut Brown and Coffee Stout.
For food I had the Jambalaya which was very good.

Overall I'd say this place is worth a little extra drive if in the area and would def recommend to anyone.

Photo of suspect
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Went there for a late lunch after mrmarmot dragged me all over the southern tier just to get fingerprinted.

Fist off, when we went in, the brewery side was closed so we were limited to the Wildflower Cafe side. It had a bar and a decent amount of places to sit. There were only a handful of people at the time.

We were seated right away and promptly offered something to drink. Both mrmarmot and I got a flight - mine included every beer they had on tap at the time which was:
Cocoa Porter
Imperial Coffee Stout
Nut Brown Ale
Hop Warrior Imperial IPA
Golden Belgian
Mysterious Amber Ale
Dogtooth Pale Ale
Firehouse Blonde
(You can see a picture of my flight here: https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/-JCu20S0tzZDQV_MRcW5WQ?feat=directlink)

Now onto the food. Mrmarmot and I both got the burger that was the special which was a big burger (1/2 pound?) with hickory smoked bacon, bleu cheese, carmelized onions on a whole wheat bun. Absolutely DELICOUS!! I also got the shoestring onion rings which were also good, although a tad salty.

Overall, this is an excellent establishment that I will make sure I visit many more times.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I finally decided to take the trip over to Watkin's Glen to check this place out, stopping in for a late lunch on a Saturday.

There are two sides to this place; one is a pub and the other is a cafe. Both have bar seating. The place had only a few other patrons when I arrived, probably due to my timing.

I waited for at least 15 minutes before I could get anyone's attention to even give me a menu. Both of the waitresses passed me, but I was ignored when I tried to get their attention. I think each thought I was the responsibility of the other. I'm not sure, but I was the only one sitting at the bar at the time so I was hard to miss. Whatever the problem was, once I finally got the waitress' attention, she was friendly and attentive. I asked a question about the menu and she didn't really have an answer, which is weird. Overall, the service was OK at best. I didn't need to ask anything about the beers, but hopefully the results would have been better.

The vibe was rural small town bar type of feel, but without any regulars or other patrons, so it really is tough to tell. Considering it was lunch time I guess that I cannot complain.

The Roosterfish beers that I have tried have ranged from very bad, to OK. The best so far was their brown ale, and typically I'm not that in to browns. There are 6 house beers plus Guiness on-tap.

I had the crabcake sandwich and it was OK. The onion “rings” that I paid extra to get with it were actually a small pile of onion straws that were so salty that they were impossible to eat.

I don't think I will be taking a second trip to Roosterfish of my own accord. There are quite a few beer places in the area, so I will move on.

Photo of Nutleybeer
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A nice place to get away from all of the wineries up in the Finger Lakes. This place has 2 sides, the pub area and the Wildflower cafe. You can enter from either side. Not a huge place, but there are quite a few tables and booths.

Ordered the beer sampler. A nice 2 tiered holder was brought over. 9 or 10 beers all together. The typicals, a blond, pale ale, IPA, amber...the dunkel was really tasty. I ordered a second. Their Belgian golden ale seasonal was also a nice, spicey treat. The brown ale was dark and toasty, more reminscient of a stout than your typical browns.

The menu was decent. A few unique items. I ordered the corn and pepper cakes. Like a crabcake minus the crab. Really good.

If in the Watkins Glen area, this is your best beer option. Also, it is one of your only real decent food options.

Photo of TheDeuce
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Roosterfish Brewing Company....Watkins Glen, NY.

After an awesome hike at the beautiful and nearby Watkins Glen State Park the wife and I came here to enjoy some brew before the trip home. Situated on a quiet block in the downtown area.

Small wooden area with lots of booths and a small bar with taps of the beer, warm service. Cool photos all over the place.

They listed all their beers but were missing their flagship Blonde. Oh well, I had the Brown Ale and the Hefeweizen, both were very well done, nice interpretations of the style and very fresh. I had pizza and ribs from the menu (hungry after the hike) and both were excellent. Wife enjoyed the chicken sandwich as well.

Service was attentive and very nice. No complaints at all.

Overall, really enjoyed the trip and this is worth a stop, great beer, good food and brilliant location. Do yourself a favor and do a double visit to the park and the brewpub, you shouldn't be disappointed.

Photo of asabreed
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My wife, brother, and sister-in-law stayed at a motel last week a few blocks away from Roosterfish, as our goal was to make a weekend out of the Seneca Lake Wineries (though really you could make a much longer stint out of it, as there are so many). However, I realized fortuitously the first night that we were so close to Roosterfish, and I'd liked their Hop Warrior when I had it a while back.

What I like is that they make everything in-house, and all the equipment's there right in front of you. Toward the back, we sat at a booth that led to a room with all the barley and everything, and the tanks were right next to us. I really like that about a place, so this was cool for me.

It's not the biggest place in the world, but that's also nice in some way. Toward the front, there were no windows but open space, unless they roll them down for the summer as far as the plastic coverings, or whatever you call them. There aren't a ton of seats at the bar, but there's enough seating if you want to go and have a beer.

Our waiter was friendly and attentive, and answered all of our questions about the beer without missing a beat.

The food was great too. I just got a wrap and onion rings, and my wife got some potato rosemary soup that I thought was definitely above average.

I'm pretty sure this'll be a must-stop once we go back to the wineries, which hopefully won't be later than spring 2011.

Photo of belindamatt
3.85/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Another great meal with my wife dinning in the window seats.... Besides tossing food at each other with a friendly lovers banter, it's a great time. This is a great laid back stop in the finger lakes, with a wide variety of patrons. The IPA is pretty good for regional standards, though you hop-heads won't be satisfied... We've been back several times - its definitely worth making the trip. Good variety of locally grown food (where possible), cooked better than expected (even if the garlic bread is a little stingy). Good options for veggie and meat eaters alike. Its really the only stop in town if you're looking for good beer options. A solid line-up of their own brews, as well as a reasonable variety of other craft/tasty beers...good food, good beer, good night.

Photo of beerphan
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

June 30th, 2010
Lunch w/The Sawyers

Stopped by here for lunch after the CMAC Phish show. A nice mellow family atmosphere. A very artsy vibe, except for some oddly placed stock photos.

We ordered the sampler which came in a really cool well labeled rack, see it here-> http://twitpic.com/2313qz Breweries should take notice of this, one thing i hate is guessing which beer I'm drinking when I order a sampler. Roosterfish offers an impressive variety of solid beers.

My memory is hazy on the food, but I do remember loving the corn fritters. I also remember leaving for and satisfied. No complaints from my companions.

One of the best things about this place is that is right down the street from the amazing Watkins Glen State Park. Makes for an awesome afternoon of drinking and hiking. Highly recommended. If you visit the Finger Lakes Region this is a must stop.

Photo of tdawgydog
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nice location right on the main drag in Watkins Glen. DW and I stopped in for lunch and really enjoyed the food. I had searched this place out for their beer and I was not disappointed.

First the grub... DW had a Catfish Po' boy, DD went with the grilled cheese and I had the fresh burger. All 3 of us enjoyed our meals, the hand cut fries were excellent.

As for the beer, they had 6 or so beers on tap, this was our first stop on the way around the lake and it's various breweries wineries so we took it easy. 2 pints of Hefeweisen later, DW was driving us to our next stop ;-) They were out of growlers but luckily I had brought my own. I got my Stone growler filled with some Hefe for the road and I received plenty of compliments on my growler.

I was initially disappointed because I was interested in purchasing more than one beer to take home. I later found a bottle of their IPA in the Wegman's supermarket just down the road from our hotel.

Would definitely come back here if I ever find myself in Watkins Glen again in the future.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My wife and I took a weekend/anniversary visit to wine country in this part of NY, so naturally we figured we'd stop at atleast one brewpub and/or brewery along the way. This place was only about 10-15 minutes away from the Inn we stayed at. We went on a Sunday afternoon and figured we'd watch some playoff football while we were there. Unfortunately the Patriots got destroyed by the Ravens, that was a downfall of the afternoon, but really had little to do with the rest of our experience here. The atmosphere was nice. It looked as if it were an old style pub or tavern, very dim lights, the windows provided a good chunk of the lights. We had a seat at the bar, it was pretty nice, the bar tender was attentive and nice. The only tough part was the entrance was so close to the bar and it was close to freezing outside so sitting at the bar or around the bar you'd get a nasty breeze coming in. The service was very good, the bartender was very nice and helpful, she even gave us some free molasses bread which was nice. The selection was good. They mainly had their own beers on a tap list and a tap of miller light. They had everything except a stout I think. I got a Nut Brown ale and the Coco Porter and enjoyed them both a lot. They also had bottled selections (atleast I think so). They had a shelf up top that had Rouge dead guy, Brooklyn Lager, Anchor Porter, Omegang Hennepin and a few more that I can't seem to remember I think there were about 10-12 bottles in total. I'm not sure if they were available or just for decoration, I didn't think to ask. The food was decent and reasonably priced We got an order of wings, burger, Buffalo chicken sandwich, each upgraded to fries and sweet potato fries, and 3 beers. Including tip we spent $56, which I thought was pretty good. I'd certainly come back again if I were in the area. The only thing different is that I wouldn't sit by the bar on a cold day, other than that everything was great.

Photo of Buckeyes67
4.08/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I've been here a couple times and I have not been disappointed yet. Their prices are resonable to slightly pricy (9.50 for a burger) but the food is very good quality. The beers are outstanding for the most part. Especially the Dog tooth pale ale and the nut brown ale. I haven't had a beer here that I didn't like. The atmosphere is cool because the place is in an old building so you have the old architecture. The only knock on the place is that the service tends to run a little slow but its not that bad. I love the place and I will return as often as I can.

Photo of akorsak
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Visited en route to Binghamton on a Friday afternoon that coincided with the Italian Festival (at least it wasn't a Nascar weekend).

Atmosphere: We entered in the bar area and were greeted by a dark look, standing in contrast to the sun outside. A long bar on the left is surrounded by tables. Further past the bar was seating. We ponied up to a table in the bar area, right beside the unisex bathroom.

Quality: Average, truthfully I was a little let down with the overall package.

Service: Service was a bright spot, stopping by regularly, bringing me two samplers as I tried to figure out if I wanted a growler.

Selection: 7 Roosterfish brews and 6 or so guests were available. I tried the IPA and found it to be a little buttery upfront. It gradually improved (I didn't take notes for a review, sorry). My growler choices were a Matehari Hoppy Ale or Roosterfish Hefe. The hefe had an awkward aroma and the hoppy ale wasn't too hoppy. I left without a growler. Some of the guest taps looked good (yes, I'm talking to you Ommegang Abbey Ale).

Food: Overpriced. We split a mozzarella stick app, three little squares for $9 bucks. Boo to that. The menu was varied, so maybe there were more gems somewhere.

Photo of Gmann
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Went to the Crooked Rooster/Wild Flower Cafe on a Friday afternoon. The place was basically empty, the crooked roaster portion had a few folks in it but the restaurant was empty. We did come in around 4 so that is to be expected. Typical bar/restaurant set-up nothing fancy or goofy; clean. Nice little watering hole. The food was good, as well as the RoosterFish brews. I had a 12oz of their pale ale and a 4oz sample of their IPA, Blonde, Nut Brown, and Amber. All good, with the Nut Brown and the IPA standing out. I wanted to try their dunkelweisse but they were out. The service was good and quick, but again we were the only ones eating at the time. The server that brought out the sampler notified me which beer was which. I only looked at the RoosterFish brews so I am not certain what other beers that they had. They offer 6 RoosterFish brew so there should be a beer for all tastes. The menu reached acrossed the board; typical bar type apps, salads and soups, chicken & turkey, beef, seafood, and veggie (other). I had their buffalo wings and the philly chease steak, all of which were good. The wings were grilled then coated in a thin yet tasty buffalo sauce. I was a little disappointed that they didn't have any growlers available, as I had made my decision to get the Nut Brown. I then asked for a pint glass and they were out of those as well. Oh well, no growler, no pint, no dunkelweisse. Other than that an enjoyable experience.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Aprilluvsbeer brought up the Watkins Glen State Park one afternoon and her visit there. I was interested. What sealed the deal was that there was also a brewpub in town. One of the most striking geographical features of the east coast AND a brewpub? How could I not go?

The building is located at the intersection of 14 and 3rd street. If you failed to turn at 14 off of third, you'd drive right into the place. It was a bit hard to find as the sign is small and they have neon lights for other beers up, so you may mistake it for just another bar. Any way, once inside, things went well. There's a bar up front and dinner in the back. The back room was rather sad. It looked like some college dorm that got decorated right after the poster fair came to town. I was displeased. Far in the back is their rather impressive and well labeled brewing equipment, so that made up for a bit. I only bring this up because the location, food and beer are all great, so why not round things off and make it all-around-awesome?

The food was quite good. The little lady got the Shebang burger, hold the onions, which wasn't the whole shebang now, was it? I alerted her to this semantic faux pas, but she was unimpressed. I got the chicken, NY state cheddar and apple sandwich that came with a mango and spicy mustard chutney. Holy crap, was that an amazing sandwich. Thinking about it now makes me a little bit dizzy.

The beer was also good. A number on the menu weren't available so we both with the brown ale. It was remarkably solid and ultimately drinkable.

Service was all right. I got the feeling that our server disappeared for some long stretches of time, but over all, she did her job well. I got the feeling that the servers had responsibilities other than waiting tables, so I won't hold it against them.

What can I say? It's a great place in a great location with good beer and excellent food.

Photo of foxmul924
4/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went up to Watkins Glen and Seneca Lake a while back and made it a point to stop at Crooked Rooster/Roosterfish Brewery. Located on a downtown strip in a very tight niche of a place that gave a homey feel of the classic small American town. Being that my friend and I made up most of the customers that day due to our 3:00 lunch, we sat at the bar and ordered our beverages from there. Waitresses were pleasant and openly friendly, despite looking understandably bored at work when they weren't talking with us. We learned of a $2 Pint special of their Blonde Ale(!) and I had to get one seeing as that sort of price is unheard of for a microbrew. Also tried their IPA and one of their Newest Cocoa Porters. Needless to say the beers themselves were fresh and, naturally, quite delicious.

Food was simple, but delicious nonetheless. Very clean and attractively decorated place with friendly servers and brewers. Prices were quite reasonable and we left the bar happy men. After lunch/drinks we asked and were allowed to view the tanks, chatting a bit with the brewers themselves who were on a break. Equipment was smaller than I was used to seeing, but brewers were very friendly and eager to show off their equipment. Overall a very pleasant, worthwhile experience.

Photo of kevman527
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Had been wanting to go the Crooked Rooster for a while, and finally got the chance too, and taste of a few of their beers. Got in there around 3pm on a Thursday afternoon, and the place was dead, one other person besides my buddy and myself. Sat at the bar, nice stained wood bar, about 6 stools. They have an excellent $2 pint special for their blonde ale, which is awesome for a microbrew, I couldn't pass that up. As well I also tried their Cocoa Porter, which lived up to it's name, it was $2.75 for a 10 oz glass. I tried my buddy's IPA as well which like the others I tried there, was pretty good itself. The girl working the bar was very friendly, and knew a good amount about the beer. Food wise, I ordered their crab cake sandwich resonably priced at about $10, came with coleslaw and sweet potato fries, both good as well. The place was easy to find, right on the main drag of Watkins Glen. I will definitely be going back and would recommend it to anyone who is in Watkins Glen looking for good food and beer, along with great service.

Photo of slander
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I drove a long way out to Watkins Glen one night. It was easy gettin's to, I just went out towards Corning and cut due north. It's a speedway town, whatever that means. And they've got a large state park with waterfalls and hiking trails along the crazy gorge cut from when the glaciers came through the year before last. I believe that fishing for Roosterfish is by permit only here, supposedly they serve it fresh at the brewpub in town...

Easy to find as they've got an old red English phone booth out front, plus I've mastered the whole street address numbers thing. 10 seat lipped "L" shaped pieced wood bar off to the right, with a large oval mirror center on a carved wood barback. Smaller mirrored pieces to both sides of center, tiered booze to one side, tequila and wines to the other. Glassware in cupboard shelving below and just beyond the end of the bar, a large very vintage frigidaire ice box (this bitch is like from the 20's, wooden doors on heavy hinges, absolutely sick). Slat wood floors, dark green painted walls over wood slat lower pieces, and a maroon pressed tin ceiling and wall trim. Drop green cone lamps above the bar, a mounted TV, ceiling fans & drop glass lamps. Rooster figurines on the overhang above the bar and the sills around the room along with a few dart trophies, art prints & brewery mirrors on the walls, and a dartboard in the back corner. Large panel windows opening in look over North Franklin Street. Nearly a half dozen tables, some raised bar style throughout the room and some adjacent bar counter space as well. A small rear room holds upwards of a dozen booths and tables; the booths on the walls and the tables in between, and the brewing equipment in a corral on the back wall. Red painted walls with some art prints over slat wood lowers.

This is the Roosterfish Pub. It seems they also own the space next door where they house the attached Wildflower Café; access just off the front entranceway through a cut through. There's a small 5 seat straight wood bar on the inside wall, with a vintage Bevador cooler in the front corner. In case you've never seen one, it's a giant snub bottle shaped glass front cooler with shelves standing about 6 feet high. I think they're from the late 30's, I saw one at Adobe Blues in Staten Island once ago. A pair of tables in the front window, 4 booths on the wall running opposite the length of the bar, and a seating area to the rear holding 10 booths and tables. Mostly brick walls front and back except for some deep pink/red painted walls, and a blue pressed tin ceiling here.

Meanwhile, back around to the Roosterfish side, 12 taps on a single tower wood encasement on the bar. 6 house taps and 6 guest taps (Ithaca Hopzilla, Guinness, Bass, Yuengling, Labatt's Blue & Miller Light). Beers were available in 10 ounce shortys, 16 ounce pints, 23 ounce tall mugs, and sampler glasses for $1.25 each. I opted to... you know. The Firehouse Blonde had a slight bitterness; the Mysterious Amber was malty, with caramel and toffee flavors; the Hefeweizen, unfiltered, banana, clove, nice; the Dogtooth Pale Ale had a pleasant hoppiness; the Hop Warrior Impy IPA was well assertive, 90 IBU's, soming in at 7.6%; and the Roosterfish Dark Nut Brown Ale, roasty, chocolatey, deep brown, very nice. I liked the Nut Brown the best, but the Mysterious Amber & Hefe were also quite good.

Also some 2 dozen bottled beers, mostly macros but they've also got Anchor Steam & Porter, Yuengling Porter, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Saranac Pale Ale, Sam Adams, and Killians.
What? Yeah, I got my dinner on. I started with the nutty tuna salad; a dollop of tuna, pears, shaved roasted almonds, onions, celery, and cherry tomatoes over greens. Dollop, nothing, I got a mound of the kind albicore. It came with warm homemade ginger molasses sodabread, and it kicked ass. Moved on to the Jambalaya; chicken, sausage & shrimp, onion and peppers over rice. Also quite good.

Good tunes playing, and bartender Martha was wonderfully playful, oh, I'm just taking notes, don't mind me, and yeah, can I get a shorty of the Nut Brown? Good beers, very good meal. When in town speeding...

Photo of mobud
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Stopped into the brewpub on a Saturday at lunch and expected a crowd based on the 60 or so cycles parked out front. That was not the case; there were only 5 or 6 tables full. My party of six wanted to try the HopWarrior, but they were out. We tried to get the Pale Ale and that was out also. Not a good start! After placing our order, I settled on the Brown Ale; more towards a porter to me. The heavy roasted malt taste was different,but welcomed on this hot day. The food took a long time; nothing but a few burgers. Other tables that came in after us got served faster by a different person, our lady did not seem all that sure of herself. Tried the IPA to kill time and was not disappointed.

When the food came, we were all happy with the outcome. Burgers were good and the salads tasty. The prices were good and the food/beers were of good quality. The only real knock I have is the availiblity of several of their marque beers and of the swag that they sell. We all wanted glasses and shirts, but our server told us they were all out, "the last week was crazy". I know sometimes things happen behind the scenes, but how do you miss an chance for free (for them) advertising? I will hit this place again when my wife decides she need to go wine hunting!

Photo of QXSTER1
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

There are worse things to do in life than walk through beautiful Watkins Glen on a fall day and gawk at the waterfalls and scenery and then go to the Crooked Rooster Brewpub for a beer. The Glen is a highlight of any trip to Watkins Glen, but on previous trips food and beer were problematic. Last time through we headed to Ithaca for our libations, not this time.

The Crooked Rooster has a local vibe with patrons standing at the bar and others playing darts off to the side. New York's non-smoking law makes the air clear and ideal for the non-smokers. The restaurant has a wide ranging menu and our food came in a timely fashion and was tasty. Service was friendly and efficient.

Our beer tasting was limited to the Black Walnut Nut Brown Ale. Blindfold me and I call this beer a Porter, but I also call it one fine beer. Full mouthfeel, plenty of roast and chocolate, a great coffe finish. I didn't want anything else, stayed with the Black Walnut all night. If the other beers are of this quality this is an outstanding brewer. Overall a very nice experience and can recommend without hesitation.

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