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Two Goats Brewing

Not Rated.
Two Goats BrewingTwo Goats Brewing
Based on:
17 Beers
88 Hads
Place Score: 89
Reviews: 12
Visits: 35
Avg: 3.88
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: 20
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

5027 State Rt 414
Hector, New York, 14841
United States
phone: (607) 546-2337

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Place added by: SierraGS on 07-05-2010

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Reviews: 12 | Visits: 35
Reviews by Deuane:
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Telosman
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Co365030
2.87/5  rDev -26%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

No offering of flights, crowded and loud. Overall the actual facility is adorable with a incredible view & scenic deck, but seemed more like a local dive bar than an actual brewery/brew-pub. My husband and I each had 1 pint and got the heck out of there

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Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25

Everybody talks so highly of this place but I really don't understand why. To be fair, I was there around 10 PM so it could be different during the day. It basically felt like a dive bar. I almost wasn't comfortable letting my female friends out of sight. Don't get me wrong, dive bars have their place. This place was just sketchy. They don't do flights (odd for a brewery but ok) and they were very rude when I asked about them and why they don't do them. Eventually a woman came over and I explained that I was industry and was just hoping to try what they offer, even if it meant paying more than a fair price. She was very nice and gave me splashes of a few things. She could have said no and I would have been ok with it because she was at least nice about it. She was great, the place was sketchy, the beer was drinkable. Will check it out during the day to see if it's a little less dive bar like.

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Photo of indianabeerman
4.23/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Daileyg13
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of SpecialPatrolGroup
1.29/5  rDev -66.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1.75 | food: 1

Went in with a group. We were looking for a place to relax and have a beer or two. The "head brewer" promptly informed us that we should have made a reservation. To have drinks? We stayed despite the warm welcome and that's when things really took a bad turn. Between all of us we sampled all of their house brews and man were they lackluster. Flavorless, muddy water. No care what-so-ever seemed to be put into it's production. It's a nice enough little pub, but it's mainly a tourist trap rather than a real brewery. Skip it

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

Photo of EMV
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

My wife and I popped into Two Goats Brewing during a trip up to the Finger Lakes in New York. It's a great little place... definitely something to see and take a little break from the wineries. It's in a small building off of Seneca Lake... almost an old barn type feel, with a nice bar and a kitschy sort of atmosphere. The food selection is very limited (as in... today we're making roast beef) but the roast beef was delicious, and it's a pretty happening local place. The beer was very good. They only had a few on tap, but what I tried was great and I'd definitely go back. They don't bottle anything (yet?) so drink up while you're there!

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Two Goats Brewing in Hector, NY
89 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.