Dismiss Notice
Get 12 monthly issues of BeerAdvocate magazine and save $5 when you select "auto-renew."

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join our email list →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.

Southern Tier Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Southern Tier Brewing CompanySouthern Tier Brewing Company
Grab a complimentary copy of BeerAdvocate magazine here while supplies last.
BEER AVG
3.82/5
Based on:
37 Beers
47,792 Hads
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 43
Visits: 220
Avg: 4.22
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 | map
www.southerntierbrewing.com

Notes:
Place added by: John

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

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

 http://www.southerntierbrewing.com/tours.html 
Place: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 43 | Visits: 220
Reviews by wailingwench:
Photo of wailingwench
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

You had better call ahead and make sure that they are actually doing a tour. We didn't and found ourselves hanging out with a miserable and very unfriendly barkeep. He clearly didn't want us there, even went as far as to tell us that he was out of growlers. Yeah, right. Same dude got sent to the Blues and Brews in Buffalo. A real miserable SOB. They really needs to start employing more friendly chaps, or at the very least, hot spokesmodels.

Cheers: You must go on the tour. 5 bucks nets you a tasting glass (actually the same one as the IS series) and a 3-4 oz pour of all the beers on tap in the pub. Our tour was conducted by the brewer himself, Matt, not some local high school kid putting in some time here before heading over to the Wal Mart to cash white trash out. Matt poured the following beers: Hop Sun, Chataqua Brew, P & M, Porter, and IPA. He then held a discussion about how each style was made, grain bill, hops used, etc. Pretty in depth stuff. We then proceeded to the mill room which contained all the Cargill bags of grain. We were able to taste certain types of malts, base, caramel (C 60), and wheat. From there, an explanation about boiling, mashing, and what wort is.

From there we moved to the fermenters. We were then given a hit of unfiltered IPA straight from the tank. Sweet ass stuff. Yeast was then discussed and Matt entertained me with all of my questions regarding yeast and fermentation as this is my fav aspect of brewing (even though I have never brewed).

As for the pub, we filled 14 growlers as they have a buy 6, geone free "club." The other half, Phin, was actually tending bar and engaged us in soem interesting banter and discussion regarding theor products. Matt actually seemed to enjoy our questions and he remembered seeing us before at the brewery or somewheres else. It helps having a good looking girl by your side to be memorable.

Cheers: Fellow tour members were chatty, approachable, and appeared to be able to maintain steady employment. Met people from PA, VA, and Cuse whose sole purpose was to stop by the brewery. VA couple hated VA, especially VA Polytechnic Institute. The pub crowd was especially enthralled in our growler collection. Free pints for us were def appreciated, superb salesmanship by Matt and Phin. We easily could have stayed there and drank untill close and then maybe some more, but the smell and allure of fresh baked Amish baked goods tore us away.

Jeers: No growler stickers to tell you what is what, have fun figuring out the diff between the Phin and Matts, Charaqua Brew, and Hop Sun in amber growlers. Only 1 toilet in the bathroom. Amstel light in beer fridge.

 2,664 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of Tomkob11
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of kbuzz
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Skeezman
5/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Brewery is beautiful. Food was excellent and came out fast. There's not a beer they make that I don't like.

107 characters

Photo of glass_house
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
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 -11.1%
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 Rolfsevg
5/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of dhmxray
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Sixpoint
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of SkiBumbo
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Photo of kkdowning
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of Ryften
4.94/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Bdorchy
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Zuthos
4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of RKing44
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of tybeerius
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Wannick3
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of dank36
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of mullind24
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Photo of babyJ92
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of hophead123
5/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of decaff
4.05/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of FenixDelta753
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of paulytasker
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, NY
93 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.