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Southern Tier Brewing Company

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world-class

158 Ratings
Ratings: 158
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 13.24%
Active Beers: 57
Beer Ratings: 47,403
Beer Avg: 3.8
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
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 

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Reviews by wailingwench:
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4.46/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

wailingwench, Dec 15, 2005
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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.

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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.

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Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, NY
97 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.