Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by wailingwench:
4.46/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
12-15-2005 19:08:47 | More by wailingwench
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