Two Goats Brewing
Active Beers: 8
Beer Ratings: 42
Beer Avg: 3.77
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 20
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Deuane:
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Finally! Where in the Hector are we?!
After our virgin visit last summer, enjoying the place very much, we left wanting because no house beers were available yet. Fast forward to Memoral Day weekend 2011.
A gorgeous sunny, bright, Sunday afternoon. The view from the deck here is something that needs to be seen in person. It is among the finest in the Finger Lakes. The panorama of vineyards, farmland and a long expanse Seneca Lake greets the patron from the cozy deck that hugs two sides of the building. Enhancing to the bustling ambiance this day a rather accomplished solo musician plays acoustic guitar and preforms tunes by DMB and David Gray, among others, with amazing deftness. In addition, I strike up engaging conversation with some Boston area beer aficionados. Cheers to you Megan and Herb!
It has been stated that this place is CASH ONLY, and a small sign does state, no tabs. But, with a friendly inquiry, the bartender happily took my VISA to hold my tab for payment later, via said card.
The establishment is situated on a steep hillside on the east side of Seneca Lake. Jutting farther out toward the lake than any of the nearby facilities Two Goats offers a commanding view.
Formed from pieces and parts of an old barn, or two, the building offers the visitor rough hewn wood and plenty of it. Large beams offer stability and the sense of comfort is omnipresent. A roughly L shaped bar hugs the left side of the single room and a smattering of small, high top tables and a couple of dart boards are on the right. The inviting deck contains numerous wooden picnic tables and beckons you for a visit on pleasant days.
Hopefully, you are not a vegetarian or else the "menu" will not appeal to you. Not being billed as a restaurant Two Goats has but one item on their menu....fresh, slow-roasted, hand carved to order, roast beef sandwiches, topped with horseradish cream sauce or straight, unadulterated, horseradish. The sandwich is accompanied by chips and a pickle spear.
Also, available for snacking, is free, fresh and hot popcorn. Complete with a tasty seasoning salt.
Service has been quite solid despite the place being quite busy. Jon, the owner/brewer, greets patrons and makes you feel welcome. The bartender that was on duty assisting was very pleasant and efficient.
Two Goats offers 8 taps and about 30 or so bottles. The bottle selection is quite solid and the taps are nothing to sneeze at either. The taps offer their three house beers (Cream Ale, IPA and Oatmeal Stout), PBR as the macro offering and 4 other, rotating, craft selections.
The three house beers are very good to exceptional. The Cream Ale is one of the finest I have had. A side by side tasting with my style champion Captain Selin's Cream Ale needs to be done. The Oatmeal Stout is solid and quite tasty. While the IPA is outstanding. Don't expect some massive, overly complex, hop bomb, but rather an impressively balanced, flavourful and incredibly easy drinking brew.
Two Goats is a fine addition to this winery riddled area. But, with the Finger Lakes Distillery and, personal favorite, Damiani Winery just down the road I can experience the triumvirate of alcohol within a stonesthrow of each other! Damn, life is good---oh and Beer Good! Keep up the excellent work Two Goats!
06-04-2011 21:18:08 | More by Deuane
More User Reviews:
3.93/5 rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$
Two Goats is the place to go to get a good beer and free popcorn in a laid back atmosphere overlooking Seneca Lake and vineyards in this wine-centric area.
Their beers are good, the Oatmeal Stout and IPA are standouts and their selection of craft beers is the best I have run across in the Southern Tier of New York - you have to see the list to appreciate it.
One of these days we will try the roast beef - but for now the beers drive our visits.
We have always found the place to be friendly - always found another patron to chat up - and often they are the same folks that we might have seen pouring wine at one of the wineries - this is a locals kind of place yet fully welcoming the stranger.
01-13-2014 23:19:25 | More by rmargeson
4.36/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $
This is a really rad place on the lake in the middle of wine country. It basically consists of one big room which looks like an old barn that has been finished - exposed frame post and beam construction. A very rustic look that compliments the beers hardy, filling, full of flavor not your usual refined boring brews. They have a deck that overlooks the lake and myriads of grape vines. They also have a loft over the bar where I'm told bands sometime play.
They had six of their own brews and offered a number of bottles - Sierra Nevada, Unibroue, Founders, Victory, Southern Tier, and some more. Their own beers started with a Pale ale - good balance solid. Red ale - very nice sweet citrus and chewy malt well balanced with some nice hop bitter notes. IPA - big flavor does not disappoint. Cream ale - I did not try. Oatmeal Stout - big roasted malt, bitter chocolate & coffee notes with some dark fruit raisin sweetness. A double IPA - less bitter than the IPA with a slicker malt backbone - more hops but subtle. The Oatmeal Stout was my clear favorite - my Wife preferred the IPA.
The food was really good but they only offer one thing - roast beef sandwich. It was tasty with the horseradish, but if you want variety of food this isn't the place.
The service was excellent - as well as being friendly and helpful the bartender was also the brewer and very knowledgeable about the beer. The prices were beyond reasonable considering the quality.
01-13-2013 13:23:15 | More by Chickenhawk9932
Two Goats Brewing in Hector, NY
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