Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.
Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
3.66/5 rDev -4.9%
Found this tiny place almost by accident, but we keep going back. Beer selection is great in the summer, but the winter is much quieter and fewer beers to choose from. They have an excellent pub area, with separate finer dining and a new bigger patio. Would recommend a burger in the pub with a pint of 1812 Amber
12-04-2013 22:45:37 | More by boszormeny
4.34/5 rDev +12.7%
I've been to Sackets Harbor brewing co at least a dozen times in the last three years. As a repeat patron of the establishment it's probably no surprise to see I really enjoy the place. Nestled in quaint Sackets Harbor overlooking the St. Lawrence river, I would argue there isn't many other places that has this good of an atmosphere that serves craft beer in the summer. On a recent visit we sat outside during a beautiful summer Sunday afternoon. Like most brewpubs you can get appetizers, salads, and sandwiches. But what sets this place a part from other brewpubs, besides the location, is you can get a high end dining experience along with craft beer. Entres such as Filet Mignon with lobster claws, sea bass, and duck confit are available. It's the kind of food you might see at a French restaurant, but certainly not the beer selection, or lack there of, at a French restaurant. We've only had one bad server there, with a waitress who didn't seem to be bothered with us, but get very attentive service for the rest of our visits. The beer is good, not great. But what it lacks in beer quality it makes up for in food and location. Looking forward to going back!
08-21-2013 19:06:00 | More by Cooker_stp
3.23/5 rDev -16.1%
My mother's family is from the area around Sackets Harbor, and we currently own a cottage on the lake about 15 minutes away. Having been there several times over my life, we finally decided to eat there one day. Decent atmosphere, somewhere between a typical small pub and a early 19th century house (which is common for the town). Food was interesting, definitely not what you'd expect from the type of establishment. Service was good, the food itself was fair enough, but not for the price paid. If you're in or around Sackets, its worth a stop, but that's about it. There are better places to eat and with better atmosphere than this in the area.
Note: If you are looking to see a brewery, set yourself up for disappointment. From my understanding the beer is not brewed there at all, but brewed in another location (Rochester or some place) at a unrelated brewery and then shipped there.
03-08-2013 02:16:21 | More by Mumps
3.7/5 rDev -3.9%
The brewpub s in a neat location on the bay. It's great to sit out on the patio when the weather allows. They normally have 7-8 bers on tap at the brewpub. They do serve a sampler plater if you want to try what is currently on tap. However, with the exception of the 1812 Amber, the brews tend to rotate. Along with the 1812 Amber, the St. Stephens Stout was quite good. The Steamroller Ale (IPA?) I had was more of a Pale Ale. The food is quite good although the price seems a tad high, but that probably is due to the seasonal tourists. Worth a stop if your in the Watertown, NY area.
10-28-2010 19:02:56 | More by soju6
3.23/5 rDev -16.1%
A curious little place. Perched along the harbor, this place has a wonderful view and a good atmosphere. There is a dark, comfy, old-timey looking bar and a pleasant dining room with wide windows and a small outdoor deck near the water.
The menu is, well, curious. It aims for high end, with lots of gourmet-ish dishes that seem strangely out of place in a brewpub. None of the usual sandwiches and burgers. This may sound refreshing, but in reality it turns out to be a weird choice. One customer at a nearby table even asked for a burger when we were there and the waitress turned him down. This might work if the food was executed well, but it is quite up and down. The quality of ingredients is average and the execution just seems to fall short of their ambitions (and sometimes their knowledge - the "steak panzanella" is not even remotely a panzanella).
The beer is good but not great. The Grant's Golden is probably the best of the lineup, but the 1812 ambers (there are two) are pretty good. But the Red Ale is dead flat (in flavor if not in carbonation) and unappealing and the pale ale has a strange burned tobacco character that would be, at best, an acquired taste.
This place is worth a visit if you're in Sacket's Harbor (which is a surprisingly charming town) or Watertown, but it is not one to travel a long way for.
04-19-2010 13:33:06 | More by Seanibus
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
Running one night from Syracuse to Rochester, I thought I'd take a slight detour north to have a look at the brew scene there. Two brewpubs, but ones on a military reservation and, I don't know, having a few beers and waking up, you know, enlisted, I'm thinking I'll start with the other. So I took the drive to Sackets Harbor and would've gotten bagged by Mr. Sheriff man just at the foot of the 30 mph village speed limit sign had my spidey senses not been tinglin'. An omen, me thinks, to just stay here. Probably just as well as I'm going to have to backtrack down an hour and head another hour west yet...
Located right on Lake Ontario in an old railroad station, a neatly framed and trimmed building in deep red & dark green. Entering through their lobby area, they've got model ships displayed, a small dining room straight ahead and the bar off to the right. I wanted a spot where I could watch for the sneaky goddamn British, but the bar side is on the far side so I had to get up every so often to check instead. An "L" shaped wood bar with a slight lip and copper rail seats about a dozen. The bar back wall holds a long center logo'd board listing tap selections. To both sides, large mirrors over tiered booze on the counters and shelved glassware below. A single shelf sits over each mirror; one with a jug & steins, the other with a large model ship. Brewery logo pieces up above, house pub signage and mirrors on the walls, a framed world beer championship award, and "Tonight's Specials", on a big board over there. The whole room runs wood slat walls ¾ of the way up, and then the last ¼ and ceilings are done the same but with a darker stain. Wider wood plank floors, drop lanterny lamps over the bar, spinning fans on center chandeliers & track spots throughout. Large flatscreens above the 4 bar counter tables off the wall behind me, and in the corners over the 2 raised roundies near the front wall door & side windows looking over the brewroom; mash tun and ferementers, hello. Just now, we're watching the Yankees game in reverse, on the flatscreens behind us, through the large mirrors in front of us, if you know what I mean. I can deal with everyone being a lefty, but the sliding into home from the 1st base side is just freaky.
Oops, almost forgot, I'm on sneaky goddamn British watch. Through to a small dining room to the rear with big windows overlooking the choppy choppy lake, and it's growing darker. Storm's a-coming. 3 booths and 10 tables, pressed tin ceiling, and framed black & white pics of town. More seating outside in a front pen near the entranceway with a dozen tables, and a lower deck with seating right up on the water's edge.
Meanwhile, back at the bar, 2 arched towers of 4 taps a piece on each end of the bar over stainless steel panels. 7 taps and a root beer currently on, served on sampler in a toy truck tray of sorts, it's kind of cool. The 1812 Light, their Kolsch, was crisp, had a nice spicy hoppiness; the 1812 Amber, malty, hoppy citrusy, better than I remember it being; St. Stephen's Stout, nitro pour, oaty, some coffee, smooth, medium bodied; the Pillar Point Porter, something burnt and not in a good way, better as it warmed, but still not in a good way; the Railroad Red, deep malty, almost fruity, quite good; the Barstool Bitter, thought it was rather bland up front, but was bitter on the end, crisp; the Scotch Ale, kind of band-aidy, yes, smokey, yes. I liked the 1812 Light, 1812 Amber and Railroad Red the best.
And din, 'cause in my travels on the road all day, I missed lunch again, duh. They gave me a chunk of hot bread up front, which is always nice. I started with the seared Ahi tuna app with Edamame salad, and then the braised short rib entrée with mushroom ragout & cabernet, dealt with Gorgonzola polenta & rosemary gremolata. The Ahi app didn't seem terribly fresh and the short ribs were a bit gamey, both okay at best.
Service was pleasant enough though. I caught "train the new girl day"; she did just fine. And the beers were pretty good, except for that porter, eesh. Still, I'm sure I did better here than I would've at the place on the base just east of here some. And, um, take it slow as you head out of town.
06-17-2008 03:05:14 | More by slander
Sackets Harbor Brewing Co. in Sackets Harbor, NY
88 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.