Dismiss Notice
Hello, is it beer you're looking for?

Learn more about beer. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for as low as 68% off the single issue price.

Subscribe now →

Southern Tier Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Southern Tier Brewing CompanySouthern Tier Brewing Company
Grab a complimentary copy of BeerAdvocate magazine here while supplies last.
Based on:
61 Beers
55,648 Hads
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 42
Visits: 216
Avg: 4.23
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

2072 Stoneman Circle
Lakewood, New York, 14750
United States
phone: (716) 763-5479

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Place added by: John

Visitors can also grab a pint at the Empty Pint Pub, located at the brewery.

Please note, we're located in the Stoneman Business Park, NOT in residential Lakewood as Mapquest and other online maps indicate.

Place: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 42 | Visits: 216
Photo of glass_house
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

I didn't have any food, but some people in my group did and said it was above average brewpub food. Nice big selection of ST brews on tap, and the service was attentive and courteous. Will definitely be back.

 208 characters

Photo of Roadking1979
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Stopped by last week on the way to Buffalo from Indy. Have wanted to go to Southern Tier for years and am glad my brothers and I finally did. I was taken by the beauty of the area in Lakewood as well as the rustic quality of the brewery setting. Great outdoor area. Tried several beers and settled on pints of Harvest and Warlock. Both were great on a picturesque late summer afternoon. Pulled pork nachos were preyy good and the $6 growler fills on Hopsun were much appreciated.

 479 characters

Photo of tybeerius
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Brew tour sold out long before we got there...talked to a few people who were in the taste room, just finishing up a tour, and they said that the tour was not worth it (apparently it was led by a 'marketing person' rather than one of the brewers). The brewpub was also small for such an excellent brewery (was off season, so patio was not open).

 345 characters

Photo of Pylon_Johnson
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

My hometown brewery, so I have been there many times. Great atmosphere, great beer, friendly staff, reasonable prices. My only complaint is lack of selection. There are many different selections, but nearly half of them are some form of pale ale or IPA. Most other types of beers, pilsners, porters, lagers, etc, only have a few offerings if any.

 350 characters

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev -5.4%

I was up here on a crazy saturday at the beginning of september. No parking or room available. Ahh...the beginning of Pumpking and Warlock season.

Southern Tier has become one of the largest breweries in the country-rather quickly. They have a nice brewpub area near the back with indoor and outdoor seating.

All their merchandise is to the right as soon as you enter and the bar is to the left. You basically grab a menu in the front and place your food order with the host/hostess-the hostess gives you a number to place on your table, then grab your own drink at the standing only bar and find your own seat. As busy as it was-this system seemed to work really well for ST-as your food is out rather quickly and you just get whatever else you need. I really think that a lot of other busy brew pubs should follow this model.

They have all of the prices and sizes clearly posted with several different options for serving sizes of each beer. They have 13 beers on tap-always rotatning with seasonals and within their several different series. They always seem to have their current imperial seasonal and blackwater seasonal on-tap.

The main dining room/bar area has a lofty new wooden cabin/house feel.

The food options are limited and include many sandwich options along with some taco an quesidillas. I had a pulled pork sandwich...it was pretty good-but not earth-shattering.

I did get a tour as my birthday present and I was very impressed with their expansion and brewing equipment. Of course, pumpking is thier most popular and most brewed beer.

 1,575 characters

Photo of jadpsu
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Visited friends, who live on Lake Chautauqua. Beautiful weather on a day spent on their boat on the lake. Went to the brewery, atmosphere was enriched by a decent band out of Edinboro , Pa.
Nice day in SW NY state.

 216 characters

Photo of mertzhb15
5/5  rDev +18.2%

I love this place. Hidden right off the lake and is a great place to get some awesome food and hang out. Highly reccomneded if you are in the Erie/Chautauqua area.

 164 characters

Photo of carmone
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

I may be a little biased because I absolutely adore their beers, but this was a fantastic experience. We had spent three days hitting breweries in the NY area and this by far was my favorite. Upon arrival we were impressed with exterior. It was beautiful and settled into the environment quite well. The tap room was packed and we were too late to get in on the tour of the brewery as it had already sold out, but the staff was friendly and helpful. The service was quick even with the packed conditions. Luckily we were able to snag a table as someone exited so we didn't stand too long. Food service was quick and the food itself was excellent and I liked how they had the a separate area to order food away from the taps. And the beers, no complaints there..except that the Pumking was out of season. Guess we just need to go back when they have it on tap.

 859 characters

Photo of RyFikes
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The tour was cheap. Maybe $5, and you got your own glass to keep. The guy who did the tour was great and let you drink all the beer you wanted. I even got to sample the 2X Stout directly from the vat at the end, amazing! The bar and gift shop shared the same area and it got pretty cramped; but it was winter and I think they have a patio area for warmer months. The beer selection was legit, they served everything they brewed, including their Chautauqua Brew (its pretty generic) which you can't find anywhere else. They don't have a food menu. I think they just serve snacks. Overall, it was a good afternoon and it didn't cost much money. Try the Back Burner Barley Wine, delicious!

^That was two years ago^

Spent the afternoon hanging out on their patio on a beautiful day. We did the tour again, which was more expensive ($15) than last time; but they have done significant renovations including a tap room on the second floor which wasn't there the last time. The second floor is where the tour ends and they let you sample whatever they've got on tap. Went back to the patio and listened to live music while we ate. They've got meatloaf sandwiches that are gigantic and delicious. Overall a great way to spend the day. We'll be going back in the fall.

 1,262 characters

Photo of camartin27
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My hats off to the ladies in a very busy tasting room on a Sunday afternoon. Busy day, delish food great company. Scenic drive in NY. A must stop by if you are in the area....mmm...fresh creme brulee :) We had flights of some selections we cant get in OH and it was an overall great experiece!

 293 characters

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Didn't take a tour, so this review is of just the "restaurant" and bar, The Empty Pint. All of Southern Tier's core offerings, plus a few pub-only selections are on tap- 15-20 in total. All were reasonably priced. Only food available seemed to be pulled pork sandwiches, which looked tasty nonetheless.

The space is gorgeous- inside of a big cabin looking building. There's an inside bar area with growler fills, and tall tables for drinking. There's an outdoor area as well that covered or uncovered depending on the season. In the winter, when we came, they cover it and heat it. Lots of friendly talkative people hang out here. Definitely recommended.

 655 characters

Photo of sniper061
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

The beer selection is always good and if you can't find something that you like it is because you didn't try. On the topic of food it is almost non existent with there only being a couple selections. They do let you bring food in and I have seen people having full blown picnics in the place. During the summer it is a great place to hang out and enjoy a cigar, outside, with one of their great beers. I truly enjoy the brewery and
Still love going on the tours.

 463 characters

Photo of Deerslayer210
4.91/5  rDev +16.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Heaven on earth. Building is warm, made of mix of modern materials in brewery but of stone and large wood beams in the tasting room. They make awesome beer period. This is not a restaurant, but they serve one sandwich (pork and it is stellar), so they can stay open later and put a little food in your belly due to high test beer. Tour is great fun and educates those with little experience. A large plus, they have some of their best sellers tapped with nitro and many one time releases you will never taste anywhere else. Get lucky on a tour and be a test group for a new brew. Highly recommend this place, but hope you all stay away so I have room at the bar. Nothing better than drinking gods nectar right from the teat.

 724 characters

Photo of Wortman1998
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

My favorite brewery. My favorite beers. My favorite way to spend a relaxing summer day. Have a few of Southern Tier's beers while sitting outside listening to some talented musicians. Play a game of "stones", meet some great people. The food options are limited, I think it's just pulled pork sandwich, but it is a good "sammich". You are welcome to bring crackers and cheese etc. to enjoy with your beer.

 405 characters

Photo of PumkingBeau
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 1.75

Wow this place just had an addition for 2013. More brewing is going on in this top notch , beautifully built brewery. I was very impressed at the detail which was paid to the overall feel of this establishment. Beautiful woodwork within, clean as clean can be. Outside is set for a fun afternoon, bring a game of bags set up ad chill to live music on the stage. We have gone over 6 times and live in Pittsburgh, defiantly worth the 2 1/2 hors in the car to get there. Make this place a destination and you won't be disappointed.

 528 characters

Photo of Aerocraft67
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Basically stopped in for a growler and some souvenir glassware. Worth a visit for sure. Vibrant summer crowd, friendly service in a busy place, attractive facility, includes outdoor seating. Only regret is that I didn't have more time to spend there. And that the tours for the day were already booked. So pan ahead and arrive early if you want that.

 350 characters

Photo of Bighead6365
5/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I've been here 3 times for tours, and every time is AMAZING. Make sure you bring lots of growlers, because buying it fresh off their tap saves you money! It's been amazing to see how the company has grown over the years. The first time I went was in 2006 and they were so small and tiny. Now the place is beautiful with a wood cabin, stage, and a HUGE brewing room.

If you are ever around Lakewood, make sure to stop by.

 422 characters

Photo of StaveHooks
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Was lucky enough to be on a week long shoot just 15 minutes from this brewery.
It's in a nice country setting, off the beaten path. Looks like their adding on from the construction outside. The have plenty of space inside and the patio outside is very nice. There's a covered section and an open section. People were playing Frisbee and chilling out on the grass. They have about 4 to 5 different glassware to buy and several shirts (boys and girls). The selection was good I think they had about 12-14 different taps. Some of the beers were Pumking, Iniquity, Unearthly, 2xIPA 2XStout, Creme Brulee, Phin n Matts, 422, IPA, Hopsun, Oak Aged Backburner. The atmosphere was great and the prices were pretty good. A growler fill up of Imperial beer was $15. They had several oz. option as well as pitcher pours. They only serve pulled pork sandwiches, which they had ran out of when we were there so I can't comment on those. I will say they gave us free homemade potato chips that were from the day before and not very crisp. Didn't get a chance to tour the brewery but the tap room is top notch and worth a stop if you're in the area.

 1,135 characters

Photo of DWolf
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

I've been a fan of Southern Tier's brews for quite a while, and have always wanted to visit this place. Having the opportunity of being in the area, I jumped at the chance. I have to admit. I was disappointed by the "pub food description". It's more of a bag of chips and a take it or leave it type of place. So, my advice is to not come hungry ... which likely affected my rating. But, DO COME for the beer. The tap selections are pretty broad, and they also have a very nice selection of guest bottled selections (i.e., Firestone), as well as some nice wine choices. The staff is friendly and helpful. Southern Tier also sells a pretty wide selection of carry out stuff - bombers, sixes, glassware, and t-shirts, etc. Lastly, this place is a bargain. $5 for bombers, $8 for mixes sixes, and growler refills for $7??? Awesome. The tasters are VERY reasonably priced too. While its tasting room size, format, and layout makes it a place I wouldn't make a special trip for, when in the area, I am definitely stopping in again (especially now that I have a growler to refill).

 1,074 characters

Photo of NODAK
4.78/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

It's a bit out of the way outside the city of Lakewood, but it's certainly worth the drive if you happen to be in the area. The tasting room itself is pretty small, and so I docked it somewhat slightly for that simply because there was barely anywhere to sit due to lack of seating. The ambience though, was pretty good. It had a log cabin type of feel to it. Very homey.

The selection of taps was solid, around a dozen or so offerings. Prices varied from 3 dollars to 6 dollars for pints of their beers, which I'd say is pretty fair when you consider just how expensive bombers of some of those beers are. Growlers were also available, of course, and I picked one up of Oak Aged Pumpking for 20 bucks (13 for the beer, 7 for the growler).

I also liked that they offered select other beers that were not brewed by them for further sampling if you so desired. That's a good touch for those who maybe don't like the more bold ST beers and want something they may be more familiar with.

Good selection of glassware too...picked up a couple glasses for 10 bucks.

 1,061 characters

Photo of HopNelius
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I have been to Southern Tier a few times as it is not far from where I live. The best time to go is in the summer as they have an outside seating area where people just chill and drink beer. The pic as some others have said of the brewery here is outdated. Southern Tier continually grows every years and continually comes out with great beers. When I am down on Chautauqua Lake and have out of town friends visiting I make a point of brining them to the brewery. The tour is worth it as it is only 8 dollars and you get a pint glass and get to try all the beers they have on tap back in the brewery as well as an explanation, there is not much walking though as you really just stand in center of brewery and drink.The bar is the real prize they have all the Southern Tier favorites on tap and a lot of deuce deuce's as well. Look out for the "short" 22's as they will sell them to you for a discount and it is completey worth it. Merch is also great. The only food is pulled pork sandwiches but they are really good. I must stop if you are ever in the area.

 1,059 characters

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

After finding out that Lakewood was only 1.5 hrs from my hometown, I loaded up my brother-in-law and father-in-law in the car and we headed north to the tasting room.

We arrived fifteen minutes after it opened and it was packed. It was also two days before Christmas and it was a Friday afternoon. It was standing room only. I of course tried the Chautauqua Brew since it was for locals only, and I wasn't about to find it elsewhere. My brother-in-law had Pumpking, and my father-in-law had Krampus.

Since we had to travel and we knew having too many was a concern we thought ahead. We had brought a cooler full of ice so we could mix some six packs, grab some bombers, and with any luck a growler and head back to PA. I grabbed a six pack of Pale, the never seen before 2X Stout, a bomber of Jahva, Choklat, and Creme Brulee. The in-laws each mixed a six and grabbed some bombers. Then we filled a growler of Pumpking, each picked out a glass, and paid for our merchandise.

We may have only been there an hour or so, but we had two pints apiece and despite it being busy, never waited in line. We browsed the well stocked shelves for six packs, 12 and 22oz bottles, as well as hats, t-shirts, jackets, glasses, etc.

The atmosphere was great. Everyone was friendly, staff and customers, the music was on, the bright tanks could be seen through the window, and everyone seemed to be having a good time. All was well in Lakewood, NY.

On the ride back to Ridgway, PA, we all agreed that we had a great time if only a short time. We've agreed to go back probably this summer and bring the wives.

 1,597 characters

Photo of dogfishandi
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

visited the brewery for a tour of the facility and a couple pints with my father, sister, and brother in law.

very nice entrance, much different than the pic here on BA, kind of like a log cabin/ ski lodge thing going on outside as well as in the bar. very nice bar area with huge windows into the brewery showing off some HUGE fermentors. a nice little outside area which must be really nice in the summer, very cold when i was there but they had some nice tall heaters around which made things comfortable. the place was packed as soon as it opened and we just got the last spots for the tour, so get there early.

they had most simple ST offerings on tap as well as creme brulee and pumking. a nice little shop right next to the bar where you could buy any kind of merch and lots of bottles. when i was there they had backburner and gemini bombers on sale for 3$. the bartenders were very knowledgable about there beers and were as helpful as could be with a full house.

while waiting for the tour to begin i ordered a pulled pork sammy which was ready very quickly. this and a cheddar-brocolli soup were the only food options. the sandwich was pretty good and really hit the spot at the time.

if your going to visit, i definatly suggest going on the weekend and taking the tour, but make sure you get there early if your going to do so. although the tour guide wasnt super knowledgable, (i might have been able to give a better tour) it was a really good time and they definatly keep your glass full throughout the entire tour. my family really enjoyed it.

*some highlights of the day at southern tier was the annoucnment of a new beer called "2x stout" as well as a bourbon barrel tucked off way in the back full of 2x stout and the first sample out of the fermentor of the years first "old man winter".

 1,817 characters

Photo of goblue3509
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in for a few drinks. The bar is set to look like a big wooden ski lodge. The bar is off the the right and it looks like offices off to the left. Inside the bar you get a very warm soft comfortable feel. There is wood everywhere. Just a nice cozy feel very inviting. The quality of the beer and the place was good. Southern Tier always offers a solid beer and their quest bottles are of equal quality. The service was fairly good, it was very busy and I got my drinks in a good amount of time, but it wasn't service that blew me away. I didn't really have any interactions about beer with the bartenders either but from other conversations they seemed knowledgable. They had about 12 taps of their beer on tap. The regulars and all of their seasonals, they also had a nice list of quest bottles for purchase. The price was reasonable about what you would expect for a brewery with their own beer. Overall a very nice time and a must stop in lakewood.

 957 characters

Photo of wdeck9
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Visited the brewery with some family for the Summerfest and what an exceptional place to stop for a couple beers and a laid back environment. The brewery is very nice with a large outdoor seating area reminiscent of a ski lodge in Colorado with high wooden beams holding up a metal roof. Inside there is a nice seating area with a bar serving about 10 or so beers ranging from their flagship beers to the imperial beers....no one-offs or anything like that (at least when we were there).

We also went on the tour and for $8 it was very good value. They give you a 12-ish oz tasting glass (you get about 3 or 4 oz of each beer after the pitchers have been passed around) and take you into the main room of the working facility for samples. After trying the pale, ipa, 2x ipa, heavy weizen, and creme brulee stout we were taken into the bottling and packaging rooms. All in all a very enjoyable tour.

Worth a stop since their beer is so good!

 943 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, NY
93 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.