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9322 Route 414
Lodi, New York, 14860
United States
phone: (607) 582-6450

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped by Wagner Valley Brewery more for the wine, imagine my surprise when I found out they brewed beer too! The building I was in was a massive gift shop, with everything you could imagine, and then some. If you wind your way back, you can get to the tasting room, which has brewing equipment around it. The older gentleman that helped me was extremely helpful, and had a killer sense of humor to boot. I did a sample of all the beers they had ($1.50/per), and the Tripel was my favorite. All the beers were good though, and I enjoyed all of them. I ended up buying 3 750's of the tripel, 2008, 2009, 2010 for about $50. I did not try the food, so I can't comment on that. If you're in the Finger Lakes region, definitely make a stop at Wagner Valley- it's worth it.

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Photo of EMV
2.91/5  rDev -22.8%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

This is kind of like the Disneyland version of a Finger Lakes winery/brewery. They have both and don't do either of them extremely well. It's packed (on the tour bus route), and it felt like a pig push the whole time we were there.... and note the massive gift shop. We went with the brewery tasting and their beers were okay. A few pretty good ones and a few duds. The guy doing our tasting was younger and clearly in a hurry... it was a "how fast can I pour these for you and move on to the next grouping" kind of tasting, so not the way I'd choose to do things. I got a few bottles to go and their Reserve Trippelbock was probably my favorite. There are much better breweries to visit on Seneca lake that are more about the beer.. not about being a tourist stop. Two Goats and Horseheads were both vastly better and within 15 minutes.

Photo of Budinetz
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Upon arrival you have a choice to your the brewery or the winery. There is a small fee for the brewery if I can remember, however it isn't too expensive. The offerings are usually fantastic with he exception of a few. The staff pouring the offerings is always extremely helpful with any questions and with always give accurate information about the brews and the property. They do fill growlers here and the property is non smoking due to NY state law which is a plus in my book. The decor isn't anything amazing but it does have the tasting room adjoining to an open glass viewing area of the mash tun, fermenters, lagering tanks, etc. thy also have a six pack area where you can buy cases or six packs to take out. I thoroughly enjoy this place!

Photo of CountryRock2001
4.88/5  rDev +29.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Nice rustic style brewery on Seneca Lake in Lodi, NY. Great selection of beers, a little something for everyone. Gotta get there early for tastings because it gets busy really quick. They also have vineyards and a winery there as well. Highly recommended.

Photo of DirtyPenny
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

It almost sounds like damning with faint praise, and to be fair I did not sample the wine (not a wine drinker) but the best thing I had to drink there was the root beer. Seriously. It's unbelievable and I'd have gladly picked up two or three bottles or six packs if that were possible. Sadly the only way to leave Wagner with it would have been to purchase a growler, and that'd push the price of it to $12 for roughly 2 liters of soda. Yikes.

The grounds are very pretty and there's a lovely view of Seneca Lake. It's a bit odd finding your way around though, and the inside route to the brewery portion of the business was through a pretty nondescript hall, making me think we'd gone into some employees only area.

Service was pretty much what you'd expect in the brewery and in the adjacent restaurant. Someone forgot our app and we had to remind the waiter. No biggie. Food was very good and the menu lists wine and beer pairings for various meals, which was helpful.

The beer is kind of hit or miss, with a couple of good brews but some others that have odd notes or textures. The Sled Dog dopplebock lacked the oomph I'd expect from that style, and the Mill Street Pilsner was chewier and heavier than the typical pils. I'd definitely recommend the Cayman Station oatmeal stout though.

Photo of shivtim
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in with a few friends while we were in nearby Ithaca for a wedding.
We checked out the deck, but then stood at the bar to do a beer flight tasting.

The building is pretty nice. Like a lot of the wineries in the area, it has a big deck and a big yard overlooking the Lake. There's also a small bottle shop so you can get some to go, and they do growlers as well.

The beer was fine. We got to try everything they had on tap (plus the root beer) for $3.50, which was a great price. Oddly the bartender poured each taste one at a time, and waited until we were dont before pouring the next. Maybe this is the influence of being in a wine region? My favorite was the triple boch, which was actually a solid beer.

Worth a quick stop if you're looking for some beer in Ithaca. I think Two Goats down the street has a more unique and beer-centric atmosphere.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

part of a winery operation, so a lot of the beers are kind of run of the mill offerings, beer for wine people. however, a couple of their beers are outstanding, especially the sugarhouse maple porter. the atmosphere here is great, sit out on a big open deck overlooking the grapes and the lake. summer days could pass by like minutes out there. apparently music at night too. service at the brewery is a bit bogus, always croded and understaffed. food available next door for a premium wine crowd price, but it is quite good, with much better service, and the beers come in generous sample flights. you cant beat this place in the summer. they fill growlers and have a cooler full of bottled beers too, the beer is getting better and better too!

Photo of jifigz
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I stopped at this place for just a few minutes with my buddy when I was u around the fingerlakes. This place was clearly much more of a winery than a brewery, but it's beers weren't too bad at all. They were nothing stunning, but they were good. We had the tasting of all their brews and then we each had one pint, I think I had the Doppelbock but I can't remember. The best part about this place was the location. The vineyards surrounding it are just lovely and the lake right in the background is great. The folks working the bar area were nice and chatty as well, and they didn't seem to care about much of anything. They were very laid back and funny. There was some lady in there that was joking around with the bartender and she obviously didn't like beer, or hops, for that matter. He had her trying all these things and she was having horrific reactions to them. It was quite humorous.

If you are in the area check it, but I wouldn't seek it out like a pilgrimage or anything. But a cool place.

Photo of mjw06
4/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Was here for a wedding. How can you beat this atmosphere? Great lakefront view with plenty of water, trees and other vineyards to look out upon. They've got a great selection of quality beers and the prices are very reasonable. The food even took me for surprise, as it was served buffet style but tasted as good as any individual plate. Some kind of alfredo chicken that was very tender.

The bartender was great, he knew the beers very well and was able to describe them in a way that I would expect from somebody who works at a brewery/vineyard.

I wish I could remember each beer well enough to review them, but I left very impressed. My favorites were the dopplebock, IPA and the oatmeal stout. The maple stout was good as well. This is a place that I hope I may be able to go back to.

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Cruising the Finger Lakes before heading towards Cooperstown.

Atmosphere: Wagner Valley is principally two buildings, the Ginny Lee Cafe and the Store. Brewing equipment and winery functions, along with tasting bars are in the Store. The campus sits on Lake Seneca, maybe a half mile to a mile of vineyards between the shores and the site. Gorgeous views, as you'd expect.

Quality: Friendly staff, greeters aplenty, clean facilities, reasonable prices.

Service: There were at least 4 greeters/cashiers hovering near the entrance. We were here on a Friday, so the big crush was still one day away. Barstaff was friendly.

Selection: 8-10 house beers on tap. The sampling room, assuming you went all in, cost $1.50 to taste all (including the trippelbock). The maple porter and IPA were standouts for me. They do not, as is par for all the breweries we visited, grow their own hops. Seems funny, don't you think?

Food: We passed on food, enjoying instead the beer and views.

Beer and wine are both available to go in six packs, single bottles and growlers (six packs and growlers refer to beer only, dummies).

Photo of tdawgydog
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Go for the view, stay for the wine and beer. This place has one of the best views of the lake. A massive deck overlooks Lake Seneca. I can't speak for their wine because I didn't get a chance to partake, but I can speak for the beer. Just $1 to partake in the beer tasting, where you get about 9 different beers. Once your done tasting you can purchase pints, samplers, growlers etc. Purchased a growler of Hefe and also IPA. The store is also very nice and has plenty of wine alcohol related junk.

There's a cafe restaurant in the building right next to the winery. They appeared to offer deck seating overlooking the lake. This was one of the nicer and busiest wineries that we visited during our trip to the finger lakes region.

I picked up a growler of IPA for a co-worker and and growler of Hefe for myself. The hefe was apparently just tapped, as it was the beginning of their summer season. This place was pretty busy, but you can't beat the $1 for the beer sampler. There were 8 - 9 beers on tap and each one of them was well done.

If you are touring the Finger Lakes region of NY, I would definitely make a stop at this place and check out their beers and wines if you so fancy.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

My wife and I were on our 1 year anniversary and decided to goto the Finger Lake region and test out some wineries in the area. Fortunatly there were a couple of places to get some beer as well and this was one of them. We hit up about 7 wineries on our last day and Wagner was one of them. I was really excited because I finally got to try some beer. We got these wine passports so we got free tastings for several select places and this was one of them. Since it was the "off season" just about every place we went to let us try a few extra things, including Wagner. She got to try the wine first, then we went back to the brewery section. They didn't ahave a huge selection, but something in every category. They only thing they currently didn't have on tap was the maple porter (which I was really looking forward to). He let me try everything else, including the Triplebock which is generally a couple of bucks extra. I tended to like the darker beers (as usual). The wheat beers were pretty decent, but in January I wasn't really in the mood. I really liked their Lager, dopple bock, and oatmeal stout. There IPA was actually very excellent as well. I decided to leave with a mix a six pack which came to $10 and my wife got a bottle of wine. I was debating on getting the 750ML bottle of the Triplebock but couldn't justify the money for it, plus we were coming back with so much wine as it was, it would have been difficult to store for the ride home. The beer was a little pricy, but standard for quality craft beer. If I lived in the area I'd likely get some of their products regularly. I'd reccommend getting a trip up there in the off season, it's much more 1-to-1 attention. The staff was really friendly and helpful. He was also knowledgeable about beer, but very curious on how the craft beer scene was in the MA area and wanted to learn about other styles. I really enjoyed it and would certainly do another tasting there and get some more beer, especially a crack at that Maple Porter.

Photo of slander
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

All brunched up and looking for a beer (sampler). Couldn't wouldn't shouldn't lose sight of the fact that we've got a 5 hour ride back down at some point, but I'm riding shotgun for once so I'm sans a care, chillin', jabbering on, expressing concerns, opinions, positions, fiddling with the radio. What? Shut up, I don't snore. Always wanted to see this place, well, okay, not always, but fairly recently got it into my head to want to do so, I just never, ever get up here in daylight hours, this Lodi on the lake, Wagner...

You enter through the craft & gift shop and are immediately grilled for your intended destination (where the beer lives, please). Wine, through that door over there, beer, this way, but we still managed to get sucked into a winery tour, and were swept downstairs to see the barrels in storage. Yep, they're vats all right. Oh, marked by date, you say? Run, run away!! Up the stairs again, don't look back, I'm sure they'll lay no chase.

Into the beer room. Corner angled wood bar with a 10 tap tower on the barback counter below shelved pint glassware & growlers. On the opposite wall , an unused 6 tap tower, below shelved same 7 small sample glasses, and chips and pretzels for sale (sadly, no jerky here). A big board above the taps on the back wall lists tap selections, and to the right, beer award medals (GABF, World Beer Cup, Tap NY) and shirts for sale. Windows show a large exterior deck riding an "L" around the back and side with views over Seneca, and connecting over to the wine tasting areas.

Pricey as all hell, a sampler costs a dollar (for the whole sampler, not for each sample glass). I was flush, so I splurged and picked up the entire tab for the 3 of us. Wait, I've got this one, yeah, I'm sure. I did spend some quality time chastising the kids behind the bar for Wagner not attending the previous day's beer festival in Ithaca (Oh, I don't know, it's the beer festival in the Finger Lakes, you're in the Finger Lakes and make beer, duh). The samplers were poured and we got a head start on Phil, out for one of many a smoke. 6 Full timers, The Mill Street Pilsner, light as light does; the Grace House Honey Wheat, clover honeyish; the Dockside Amber Lager, a deep dark color, malty caramel, very nice; the Wagner IPA, not altogether Cascadey, although they are used here; the Caywood Station Oatmeal Stout, roasty, oaty, chocolatey and creamy, yeah; the Sled Dog Dopplebock, sweet alcohol at 8.5%, molassesesque; and 2 seasonals, the Summer Sail Hefeweizen, a good banananana cloviness; the Sled Dog Trippelbock, sugary sweet and chewy alcohol at 10%. The best of the lot was that Dockside Amber Lager, but I liked the Caywood Station Oatmeal Stout & Summer Sail Hefeweizen, as well, and they lemme try the root beer and it was pretty tasty, too.

As we have brunched just beforehand, there would be no looking in on the Sarah Lee General Lee Lee Meriwether Lee Majors Lee Marvin, but it's its own stand alone building right over there. Our resident Heather had said the food here was so-so, so we opted for the Stone Cat Café down the road some instead, a wise choice me thinks. As such, this was more tasting room at a brewery than a brewpub excursion, but with a brewery, winery and restaurant, I could see one being kept busy here for a while. Interesting stop on the trail of grapes.

Photo of armock
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Went to the Brewery/winery on a Friday afternoon mainly for the beer tasting and to pick up some beer. The tasting is supper cheap its only a dollar to try the year round brews with they gave us six around three ounce sample pours. It was another dollar to sample their seasonal brew witch there was four beers including their triple bock. The only bad thing about the tasting is that it goes pretty quick if other people in the group aren't beer geeks and just want to suck down beer. They have most of their beer in bottles so you can buy it by the six pack or make your own mixed six pack for seven dollars. I was a little disappointed that they don't really have a tour of the brewery that tells you how they brew beer or their history. However its a fun little experience to goto if your in the Finger lakes region.

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Visited the brewery/winery on a recent trip to Seneca Falls.

The facilitiy was rather large, with an adjacent restaurant. Upon entering you are greeted by a friendly hostess who ask you idf you want to sample wine or beer. I of course opted for beer, paid my two bucks, and ventured down a meandering hallway to the tasting room. The walls were decked out in seasonal and coutry type furnishings. The tasting room was oblong shaped and rather crowded. There seems to have been some poor architectural design at play here as the standing room area was very narrow, with a tremendously long bar on one side and the fermenting tanks on the other.

With your ticket purchased upon entering, you are offered a sampling of either the standard or seasonal beers. They are served light to dark, which helps out with the session.

I did eventually sit for a wine tasting, which was enjoyable as well.

Pints are available at about 3 bucks each for the standard beers. There is also a coller of six packs to go.

Photo of mobud
2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3

We always hit Wagner's when in wine country. Their setting is great; can't get much better than high up on the hills besides the lake. The quality of the beer is another issue. The lighter beers they sell are ok, but the darker beers are not too bad. The IPA seems to be their "hey look at us beer". It is nicely balanced and appears to be also the beer that holds the rest of the line together. The service to me (based on many trips before this one) continues to slide downhill. The sampling area has evolved from an area to enjoy and discuss beer to an area to move in/out as many folks as possible. In fairness to them, it does appear that many folks use Wagner's as a break from all the wine. In the past, I always enjoyed some banter with the server about the beers they had. This guy poured one ounce sips and moved as if he had a quota to fill. One lady next to us asked outloud, in his direction, how IPA got its name. After a slight pause, he keep pouring and my friend gave her the 2 minute history talk and she was very happy to have learned something new. I really did not have a problem with the beer poured; an ok grouping for folks that are usually more wine heads. They have a good size cooler of their stuff in bottles and food is limited to some rebagged pretzels and some Beernuts. There is good restaurant on the grounds called The Ginny Lee" I believe, but we did not eat there this trip. I will be back; the wife loves their wines and I like the Oatmeal Stout.

Photo of PAYankeeFan
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

The wine server blew me away and I was let down by the brewery server. The samples were kind of small and the server wasn't very in to talking about the beers other than filling the glass and citing the name. I paid $2 to have all the beers. There is a cooler where you can buy Trippelbock bombers for $9.99. The beers seem to have an extreme variance as Trippelbock (which wasn't available on tap), doppelbock and the IPA are tasty and the hard lemonade, the lager and honey wheat are hard to drink. The setting is nice. A cafe, winery section and brewery section overlook Seneca Lake and parking was ample. This is not the only brewery in the area. Rooster Fish is in Watkins and there are two mead producers on the other side of the lake (Lakewood and Earle Estates). Ithaca Brewing is 20-30 minutes away. I would have enjoyed the brewery if it was as welcoming as the winery and not jusy an area stuck to the side. The gift shop is huge and has discounted clothing. My daughter enjoyed feeding the fish in a small pond. Wagners is fun!

Photo of foamee
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This is a microbrewery in the heart of New York wine country. Wagner Valley Brewing Co. produces both lagers and ales -- several "regular" brews (Dockside Amber Lager, India Pale Ale, Caywood Station Oatmeal Stout and Sled Dog Doppelbock), plus seasonal beers throughout the year. The small bar is in a corner of the brewery. Tastes are $.25 or $1.50 for all six. When you find one you like, you can get a mug, pint, pitcher, or growler. They have tables on a very large deck overlooking Senaca Lake. We sat on the deck, but our waitress must have gotten lost after we were seated. Oh yeah...it's a winery, too.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.58/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

visited with mikeys01 and a host of additional drunkards during a seneca valley wine tour, 5/27/06.

as others have mentioned, this is both a winery and a brewery, and adequate tasting space is given to both. the winery has both indoor and outdoor wooden bars to sample many of their 30+ wines. the beer area is across the expansive outdoor patio, and has some fermenters and brew tanks in the rear of the room for show and decor. the lake side of the room contains a long wooden bar for standing at and sampling. cards are presented with info about the beers, and the bartender offers no additional knowledge. the bartender was actually the opposite of accomodating as he wouldn't let our group saddle up to the EMPTY bar until two others had finished their sampling selection. don't really care for the cattle call style setup for beer drinking, best advice would be to grab a pint and sit on the porch. nice views of nature and a killer lake.. which was mostly fogged over on our visit.

the beer selection was excellent. wagner presented an amber lager, a vienna lager, a pale ale, an ipa, dopplebock, maple porter and tripplebock. most of the beers were excellent.. didn't actually taste one that i didn't care for (although the DB was more along the lines of spaten, which isn't really my cup of tea). beers were $3.50 a pint, half-pints available. sampler glasses also available for .50 (porter and TB were 1.00). in the gift shop area, six packs of all these beers as well as 750's of tripplebock were available in a 4-door cooler.

oh, and growler fills. again, reasonably priced for all beers on tap. tripplebock was significantly more expensive at $29.90 for a new growler full. also offered are the koch swing-top style growlers for an additional $10 or so to take home. a nice souvenir, if you don't mind the extra bucks.

no food present here except some stale popcorn to 'cleanse the palate' between beers. doesn't really earn a rating.

in closing, wagner valley is a great place to kick back with a beer, and most everyone (except belgophiles) will find something they like to drink. pick a sunny day to visit. especially welcome find if you've been hitting gimmicky wineries all day. thanks mike!

Photo of jimbotrost
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Beautiful. THat sums it up. A large winery/brewery/restaurant in one facility. The brewery is adjacent to the winery tasting room, treated like a little brother a bit, but this is wine country. The tasting rooms are quite a bit different, the wine with a soft wooden feel and the brewery with a industrial colder feel, still okay. Numerous styles on tap at last visit but they have changed brewers since then so the styles/names may have changed. Ample tasting rooms for both beer and wine, nice views off the back deck. Just a beautiful place. Not to far from Ithaca either.

Photo of mikeys01
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

We visited Wagner Valley as the first (and for me most exciting since it was also a brewery) stop on a wine tour around Seneca Lake in Upstate NY. I must start off by saying that Wagner, like many of the vineyards/places around the lake, sits on a fantastic view, at the top of a slope overlooking the lake. Contained in one building are the winery and brewery, and another building houses a restaurant. Both the winery/brewery and the restaurant have huge outdoor decks overlooking the lake, perfect for enjoying a good beverage, some good food, and taking in the scenery and fresh country air. It’s also my understanding that they have bands play on one of the decks occasionally on evenings during the summer.
Inside the building where it all happens, ample space is afforded to both the wine and beer tasting areas and you’re free to roam about. There is a long tasting counter/bar in the style of a wine-tasting room, and room to spread out or grab a seat if you want. There were 6 or 7 beers on tap. Memorable and tasty beers at our visit included a Maple Porter, the Sled Dog Triple Bock, and a decent Wit. I believe there was a small (like $1) additional charge to sample the special beers like the triple bock. Samples were a bit on the small side, but the price was reasonable I felt, and pints could be had for a few bucks as well. Beers were all of decent to very good quality. Only drawback was that the bartender in the brewery tasting room seemed to have no/very little in depth knowledge of their beers; questions on malts, hops, or adjuncts used were met with blank stares, and no offer was made to seek the answers I thought. There were plenty of beers available for take out in six packs or champagne bottles for special beers. Overall, it was a good experience, enjoyable beer, great location, fun place to visit.

Photo of cbl2
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Overlooking beautiful Seneca lake, the Wagner Vineyards/Wagner Valley Brewing Company is a sight to behold. The brewery itself is tucked into the back of the winery, but it is well worth the little hike down a couple of hallways to get there. Tasting room is spacious, and nestled amongst the vats of beer. Beer on tap, any and all of which can be tasted for just a dollar include: IPA, Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Sled Dog Dopplebock, Sled Dog Triplebock, Amber Lager, Hefeweizen (seasonal), and the only letdown (IMO) the Honey Wheat. The staff was very helpful: my pourer introduced me to his own concoction of IPA mixed with the Oatmeal Stout (which was surprisingly good).
Popcorn was provided, growlers are available for all beers. All beers on tap are $2.50/pint. Only letdown of the experience for me was no tour of the facility.

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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

On the East side of Seneca lake is gods gift to anyone who love beer and wine. Just a couple hour drive from anywhere in the State.
Wagner Valley is more a winery than a brewery. They know their wine, they love their wine, and the focus more on their wine. But in all, the beer isn't too bad. I tried the sampler for $5. All the beers were descent, except I wasn't a big fan of the porter.
I loved the location. with a view of Seneca lake, you couldn't have a more beautiful setting.
If ever doing a tour of the Seneca wine trail, make sure you stop here. If your old lady complains that you are always stopping at breweries, tell her to mind her own business and drink her wine.

Photo of etho1416
4.74/5  rDev +25.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

One of the best breweries I have ever been to. Upstate New York really has some of the best beet out there. Located on the shores of beautiful Seneca Lake, Wagner is a must see. Their selection of beers is fantastic. The stout, dopplebock, and esb are incredible. The new IPA they have introduced is also very good. they only beer I had trouble with was the Triple bock in the big bottles. Every time I have bought it, it has been flat. On tap it is fantastic and very strong. The dopplebock is incredible, very powerful but not too alcohol tasting, and not too sweet, which many bocks tend to be. You can buy mix and match 6 packs and a tasting is very cheap. Their wine is pretty good too, but the beer is awesome.

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4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My visit to Wagner Valley was on a drizzly, foggy, fall day. I followed the directions, off the bottom of a WV IPA six-pack, from Ithaca. (Thanks to Finger Lakes Beverage for the photocopy). Wagner Valley is a little over 3 miles south of the 15 houses and 1 bar that make up Main St., Lodi.

The Wagner Valley complex consists of the Ginny Lee restaurant, along with the winery and brewery. The Ginny Lee has a spacious open ceiling, everything is made of light colored wood, and there are large windows that look out over the lake. The tomato bruschetta was good, and the 1/2 burger on foccacia bread was awesome. To wash it all down I chose the 6 beer sampler ($5), and the waiter was nice enough to throw in 7th beer they had on tap.

Next door to the restaurant is the winery and brewery. Upon entering through the large barn door you will find yourself inside the wine gift shop. There must be 30 different varieties of wine, along with an assortment of wine glasses, and vineyard related kitchen accessories. If you veer of to the left there are two wine tasting rooms. One overlooks the lake and the other is a trophy room for their award winning wines.

At the end of the wine section are the coolers full of Wagner Valley beer. Past them is the doorway leading to the brewery. Upon entering the brewery the bar is to the left, with pint glasses and growlers along the back wall. Most of the back wall is covered in windows that look out over the summer deck and lake. They had some interesting wooden beer sampler carriers that I didn't get to try since it was raining. For a buck you can sample all of their beers. The bartender pours about a mouthful of each style. The brew system is caddy corner to the bar, and consists a single mash/lauter tun, brew kettle, and whirlpool with four tanks for fermentation. The brewery is tiny, about the size of a brewpub, and the tour is self-guided. The growlers are the unique. They have the German style swing top, but what makes them unique is they’re in the shape of a barrel. I’ve been to a handful of breweries and this is the first time I’ve seen people taste and spit. I wanted to cry alcohol abuse, but let it go assuming they picked up some bad habits over in the winery.

Go to Wagner Valley. The food is tasty, and the staff is friendly and helpful. The view is great even in the fall, and the winery isn't half bad. The brewery has all sorts of good beer to try, a beer deck for nice days, and fresh beer to go.

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Wagner Valley Brewery in Lodi, NY
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