Colgate Inn Tap Room, The

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4 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

One Payne Street
Hamilton, New York, 13346
United States

(315) 824-2300 | map

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Added by mattman2331 on 03-21-2007

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 2
Reviews by mynie:
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3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

My experience with the MIdwest, West, Pacific Northwest, and South has taught me to lower my expectations when drinking in towns that contain fewer than, say, 50 thousand people. You might get a MillerCoors or Inbev-owned "craft" subbrand, or you might get a tap or two from the nearest biggish-named craft brewery (Victory, Goose Island, etc), but you're not going to get a full-on beer selection.

Well, I guess small towns in upstate New York are a little different. This place had a good, broad tap selection featuring beers from all across the US. Nothing was too spectacularly rare, but they did have some Bourbon County Barleywine (which I noticed collecting dust on several shelves all throughout New England).

As for the vibe... it's upscale, but not oppressively so. The townies are nice and eccentric (the town was basically a real-life Twin Peaks, only on the wrong coast), but the crowd was composed mostly of locals who were visiting their kids at Colgate. Colgate, if you didn't know, is the college for kids whose parents want to spend an Ivy League amount of money but whose grades absolutely do not allow them into the Ivy League. So, rich white people. But they're in good moods. I dunno. They might have treated me well since I was wearing a suit.

So, yeah, it's absolutely not worth traveling to Hamilton just for this taproom. But if you ever find yourself there, it's a must visit. Also, the food sort of sucked.

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5/5  rDev +20.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Mattst44
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Durge
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in for lunch with the family and was pleasantly surprised to find 16 taps in a quaint little tavern setting on the main floor of the old Colgate Inn (hotel). This an old building, 1800's or older, fairly classy establishment and apparently the most sought after accommodations for the families visiting their Colgate University offspring in Hamilton, NY. The Tap Room itself is relatively new in appearance while keeping that clean, simple colonial feel. The bar itself is relatively small and things are generally casual. Our food was quite good. I had a decent jumbalaya, while others had burgers, pasta and fish. A solid dining choice for relatively simpler dining as opposed to the more formal dinner/dining room seatings. During my recent visit the taps included Smuttynose IPA, Ithaca Nut Brown Ale, Saranac Adirondack Lager & Pale Ale, Sams Lager & Summer Ale, Magic Hat #9, Blue Moon, Stella, Harp Lager, Guinness Stout and Original Sin's Hard Cider. I didn't get a chance to investigate their bottled offerings but plan on returning to enjoy another visit in the near future. This is no major beer haven, but considering what little else is evident on tap beyond the typical student oriented beer bars in this tiny college town, this was a real breath of fresh air in a very comfortable, pleasant setting.

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Colgate Inn Tap Room, The in Hamilton, NY
Place rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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