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Wagner Valley Brewery

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17 Beers
811 Hads
Place Score: 87
Reviews: 30
Visits: 48
Avg: 3.81
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews: 30 | Visits: 48
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3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of dhmxray
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Great server, great selection and great view.

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Photo of VetsPackage
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

Pretty sweet little set up, massive backyard/patio set up out back right in the mix of their vineyards. Selection was limited and the beers were a tick above average at best but if you're a wine drinker you get the best of both worlds with this place.

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Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.04/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of EMV
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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1.16/5  rDev -69.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Budinetz
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of CountryRock2001
4.88/5  rDev +28.1%
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.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of shivtim
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Wagner Valley Brewery in Lodi, NY
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