Two Goats Brewing

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Two Goats BrewingTwo Goats Brewing

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

5027 State Rt 414
Hector, New York, 14841
United States

(607) 546-2337 | map

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Added by SierraGS on 07-05-2010

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Reviews by Deuane:
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Finally! Where in the Hector are we?!

After our virgin visit last summer, enjoying the place very much, we left wanting because no house beers were available yet. Fast forward to Memoral Day weekend 2011.

A gorgeous sunny, bright, Sunday afternoon. The view from the deck here is something that needs to be seen in person. It is among the finest in the Finger Lakes. The panorama of vineyards, farmland and a long expanse Seneca Lake greets the patron from the cozy deck that hugs two sides of the building. Enhancing to the bustling ambiance this day a rather accomplished solo musician plays acoustic guitar and preforms tunes by DMB and David Gray, among others, with amazing deftness. In addition, I strike up engaging conversation with some Boston area beer aficionados. Cheers to you Megan and Herb!

It has been stated that this place is CASH ONLY, and a small sign does state, no tabs. But, with a friendly inquiry, the bartender happily took my VISA to hold my tab for payment later, via said card.

The establishment is situated on a steep hillside on the east side of Seneca Lake. Jutting farther out toward the lake than any of the nearby facilities Two Goats offers a commanding view.

Formed from pieces and parts of an old barn, or two, the building offers the visitor rough hewn wood and plenty of it. Large beams offer stability and the sense of comfort is omnipresent. A roughly L shaped bar hugs the left side of the single room and a smattering of small, high top tables and a couple of dart boards are on the right. The inviting deck contains numerous wooden picnic tables and beckons you for a visit on pleasant days.

Hopefully, you are not a vegetarian or else the "menu" will not appeal to you. Not being billed as a restaurant Two Goats has but one item on their menu....fresh, slow-roasted, hand carved to order, roast beef sandwiches, topped with horseradish cream sauce or straight, unadulterated, horseradish. The sandwich is accompanied by chips and a pickle spear.

Also, available for snacking, is free, fresh and hot popcorn. Complete with a tasty seasoning salt.

Service has been quite solid despite the place being quite busy. Jon, the owner/brewer, greets patrons and makes you feel welcome. The bartender that was on duty assisting was very pleasant and efficient.

Two Goats offers 8 taps and about 30 or so bottles. The bottle selection is quite solid and the taps are nothing to sneeze at either. The taps offer their three house beers (Cream Ale, IPA and Oatmeal Stout), PBR as the macro offering and 4 other, rotating, craft selections.

The three house beers are very good to exceptional. The Cream Ale is one of the finest I have had. A side by side tasting with my style champion Captain Selin's Cream Ale needs to be done. The Oatmeal Stout is solid and quite tasty. While the IPA is outstanding. Don't expect some massive, overly complex, hop bomb, but rather an impressively balanced, flavourful and incredibly easy drinking brew.

Two Goats is a fine addition to this winery riddled area. But, with the Finger Lakes Distillery and, personal favorite, Damiani Winery just down the road I can experience the triumvirate of alcohol within a stonesthrow of each other! Damn, life is good---oh and Beer Good! Keep up the excellent work Two Goats!

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

What a great place! Located on a west-facing hillside with an extraordinary view of Seneca Lake. The driveway is a somewhat precipitous gravel affair (not quite a goat-track, but an interesting change-of-pace from the 55-mph NY 414 - particularly if you happen to see it at the last instant). The brewery itself is a barn-like structure with absolutely no external clues that you've at Two Goats Brewery, but you're immediately reassured upon entry by the bank of multi-colored goat-head tap handles. Indoor seating at the bar and a couple of stand-up tables; plenty of outdoor seating at picnic tables on the spacious deck. And the deck is where you want to be: the view of Seneca Lake is superb! Didn't try any food, but the popcorn was OK. Beer was excellent. I'd definitely patronize this place if I lived in the area.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

A very small barn with nice a outside seating area. Although they had 8-10 beers on tap I rated the selection a 3.5 because they didn't do flights. If you're a brewery you should definitely offer flights. The beer was very good especially their "dirty butt" (A cream ale mixed with their brown ale). Good vibes and solid beer. They also have bomb popcorn!

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Photo of Suds
3.24/5  rDev -17.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3

We never saw the goats, but the view of the Seneca lake from this brewery are incredible. Surrounded by grape vines and wineries, this brewery is located in a shed-like structure on a hill. They were exceptionally busy when we visited, but we were still able to find a small outdoor table to enjoy the sun. the beer was good, especially the IPA, and I appreciated the decorative goat-head tap handles. They have popcorn and seem to sponsor regular live music. We didn't try any food, though.

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Photo of nater919
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of fitton62
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Great location on the Finger Lakes, beer trail. Beautiful views, great beer and atmosphere, laid back. All of the local breweries I visited do a wonderful job with their craft. This place is a must.

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Photo of tdm168
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of hozersr
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

This was my wife and I favorite place on Lake Seneca. Had a couple of their beers and they were all good. The location and view is amazing. Sitting on the deck you overlook the lake. The bar area is truly unique. An overall great place to visit.

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Photo of Stignacious
4.71/5  rDev +19.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went here with a co-worker, who happens to be friends with the owner. Situated on a hill face directly above Seneca Lake, the view is breath-taking. Built inside of a hunting-lodge style building, vintage signs and wooden beams are everywhere; there's some seating inside and outside on the wrap-around patio. They have one option for food, a roast beef sandwich, and it's all they need - delicious.

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Photo of Wortman1998
2.86/5  rDev -27.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Telosman
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Co365030
2.87/5  rDev -27.2%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

No offering of flights, crowded and loud. Overall the actual facility is adorable with a incredible view & scenic deck, but seemed more like a local dive bar than an actual brewery/brew-pub. My husband and I each had 1 pint and got the heck out of there

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Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.35/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25

Everybody talks so highly of this place but I really don't understand why. To be fair, I was there around 10 PM so it could be different during the day. It basically felt like a dive bar. I almost wasn't comfortable letting my female friends out of sight. Don't get me wrong, dive bars have their place. This place was just sketchy. They don't do flights (odd for a brewery but ok) and they were very rude when I asked about them and why they don't do them. Eventually a woman came over and I explained that I was industry and was just hoping to try what they offer, even if it meant paying more than a fair price. She was very nice and gave me splashes of a few things. She could have said no and I would have been ok with it because she was at least nice about it. She was great, the place was sketchy, the beer was drinkable. Will check it out during the day to see if it's a little less dive bar like.

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Photo of indianabeerman
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Daileyg13
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of SpecialPatrolGroup
1.29/5  rDev -67.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1.75 | food: 1

Went in with a group. We were looking for a place to relax and have a beer or two. The "head brewer" promptly informed us that we should have made a reservation. To have drinks? We stayed despite the warm welcome and that's when things really took a bad turn. Between all of us we sampled all of their house brews and man were they lackluster. Flavorless, muddy water. No care what-so-ever seemed to be put into it's production. It's a nice enough little pub, but it's mainly a tourist trap rather than a real brewery. Skip it

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

This place is located right on Seneca Lake, with an outdoor deck area that has a million dollar view. Seriously. One of the best spots to drink a beer that I think I've ever seen. Awesome in the literal sense of the word! Bar itself is rustic, like a log cabin kind of feel, and very laid back... no worries if you get some popcorn on the floor. Oh. By the way: free popcorn, self serve from the popcorn machine.

Great vibe overall. Very friendly. Very chill. Just like the owner, who is a really cool guy to talk to if you get the chance. I would even go so far as to say it's a kid friendly bar, as we take our 18 month old daughter here sometimes and feel very welcome to do so.

The beers are reliably solid, and sometimes outright impressive. I think they have a dozen or more of their own beers on tap and they don't do flights but they do half pints and are happy to let you taste a beer or two you're interested in before committing to it (just don't abuse it, especially if they are busy). They also have a fairly impressive selection of other peoples' beers available. All kinds of cool bottles and cans! There are some things they keep in house regularly, and some that seem to be seasonal or just "hey why not throw a few of these in the fridge and sell them". Keeps things interesting. Always something for everyone no matter your tastes or mood. Great selection! A brew pub for people who love beer.

Service is good, but sometimes slow. It gets busy often it seems and when that happens line between my glass and the bar seems quite daunting. The looming horde of thirsties waiting for the bar gets crowded and a bit disorganized. But the crowd is full of nice people, so I think of it as an opportunity to chat up some strangers. The servers are incredibly nice and they will bring your food out to you when it's ready even if they are swamped.

Food. Ah, if if there's one thing lacking here, it's grub options. They do serve a pretty decent roast beef sandwich. But, that's all they serve. To their credit, they actually slice the meat to order right in front of you on a deli slicer, and pile it high. That's cool. The beef is local, natural, and the bun is too. They make a creamy horseradish sauce that I liked even though I don't like horseradish. That, some fresh fried chips, and pickles is all the choice you have. Oh, and the free popcorn. I think some fried green tomatoes, fried pickles, and possibly a few other small, easy, quick, menu additions would be welcome, but hey, Stone Cat is right down the road!

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Photo of EMV
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

My wife and I popped into Two Goats Brewing during a trip up to the Finger Lakes in New York. It's a great little place... definitely something to see and take a little break from the wineries. It's in a small building off of Seneca Lake... almost an old barn type feel, with a nice bar and a kitschy sort of atmosphere. The food selection is very limited (as in... today we're making roast beef) but the roast beef was delicious, and it's a pretty happening local place. The beer was very good. They only had a few on tap, but what I tried was great and I'd definitely go back. They don't bottle anything (yet?) so drink up while you're there!

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Photo of MLaVioletteJr
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of greyghost86
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of JonB25
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of dwatty
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Two Goats Brewing in Hector, NY
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