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Water Street Brewing Co.

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Water Street Brewing Co.Water Street Brewing Co.

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

168 Water Street
Binghamton, New York, 13901
United States

(607) 217-4546 | map

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Added by psark on 03-09-2012

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of docshomebrew
4.79/5  rDev +27.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Great place to visit, Very nice brews & also some Great wines.Located in downtown Binghamton makes it a little to find on street parking , but a parking ramp is just down the street. The food is also very good ( try the pork shanks ummm) I go as often as I can!

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Photo of Stofko1992
4.66/5  rDev +24.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of slow3v
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

As you walk in, it feels like you "escape" Binghamton. The atmosphere is very modern, yet warm and "big city" like. It's very open, with a bunch of tables in the front and a few in the back, as well as a very long bar that seats ~15-20.

The food menu is nothing huge, but all of the items I have tried (about 1/3 of the menu) have come out great - especially their sandwiches, which are VERY fresh.

The beers, lets see. Generally theres 5-6 on tap, sometimes 7. You can get a flight (7x4oz beers for $7) or grab a pint ($5). I've had all of their regular beers and a few seasonals. Most of them are great, but a few are hit or miss. (Oatmeal stout, hint hint. I had high expectations :-() but overall a wonderful place to come and relax with buddies, family or the lady in your life.

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Photo of mdowes
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of timmy2b
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Nice little place that was very easy to find. Sat at the bar with my girl this afternoon, sunday. and we were served very quickly. The bartender was very helpful with the explanations of the beers and the food. There were six different beers on draft today. There was also a large amount of wines for non beer drinkers. The food came out very quickly and was delicious. The price of everything was very reasonable. Would stop here again if I am ever close by.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Walked here from Galaxy around the corner. The place had quite a few people in there that night but we got a spot at their bar. The one guy working there noticed my Raiders shirt and said there are several fans that work there so we were all chatting up about how the Raiders were going to beat the Panthers that upcoming weekend. The Selection was good, and the food was good too! Definitely had a nice time here.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Place was packed as there was a street fair (Beer & Beasts 8K Run) going on outside. Despite the crowd was served fairly quickly. About 8 beers on tap, varied selection. Did not have any food. reasonably priced.

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Photo of BeerTwigs
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Stopped in on a Saturday afternoon for a burger and a few beers. A nice set with a bar with about 10 stools. Tables for lunch or dinner and the brewery is tucked away on the side. A nice downtown spot and location. Great bartender who was able to answer all and any questions.

The beers were good as well as the burger. A nice selection and variation of beers. They had a rotating rye on which was nice and a new session IPA.

I recommend checking the place out when you are in town

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Photo of Soloveitchik
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of bpalfrey10
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Very happy that Water Street finally opened up and it's gorgeous. There's a nice long bar and a row of, what I think, are serving tanks along the opposite wall. The ambiance is great. I did not eat this time, but the food looked really good and my companions were very pleased with their meals (especially the brisket). Bartenders were very nice and responsive. They had four beers on tap on the night I was there (porter, pale ale, hefe, and an American bitter). The bitter was my favorite, good representation of the style. The hefe was good as well, and I've never had one with that distinct a banana flavor. I believe they have a couple kinks to work out with the porter (they've only been open for a open weeks). I don't know if it's in the plans, but I also hope they branch out and do a couple bigger ABV beers at some point. Otherwise I had a great time and can't wait to go back!

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Photo of smithj4
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of JohnW58
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

This is a fairly new Brew pub in downtown Binghamton. It's within walking distance of the recently upgraded Double Tree Hotel, and thus a nice alternative to relax, have a beer and eat some pub food. The beer selection is limited with 5 different ones on tap. I was looking forward to trying their IPA, but they were out of it. I settled for a Pale Ale instead, which was OK, but nothing special. The food is pickup only at the bar (ie, no table service). The food is what you'd expect for pub food, but it was OK. Overall this was a nice experience. I hope they have success at this location, as other businesses tried and failed in the past.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

we had a good time in here, catching up with an old friend. it has a neat holiday vibe this time of year, dimly lit with christmas lights and decorations up. the brewery is only small, visible from anywhere in the place, with a long bar on the far well and plenty of seating around it. they have a counter service food set up that produced some pretty decent sandwiches and snacks, and was not at all expensive. the beers were solid for the most part, some of them a little generic and not special, but the execution was there for most of them, and we made a day of putting them back in here. i liked their porter a lot, rich and thick and flavorful. the lighter stuff was a little less impressive, but the place was comfortable to relax in, and time flew by in here. nothing about the beer screamed at me to hurry back here, but none of it turned any of us off either. better than average i would say, but not my favorite brewery in the area. that distinction now belongs to binghamton brewing company, but you can make a nice little circuit with these two and galaxy just up the road...

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of NastyNorseman
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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Photo of slander
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A stop in the Valley of Opportunity for lunch, and the sights we got to see, oh my. You know, nothing says ‘we don’t want you around for long’, like a meter out front your building that you can only feed for a half hour at a time. What sort of bullshit is that? I guess Davo will be running out at 2:03 (and then again at 2:33). Feed, boy, feed...

In a strip on Water Street, Bing! We went in the wrong way, wrong door, wrong building; there was a scary man with a mustache. We quickly left and hunted out the correct way in; still I am haunted. It’s a loooong deep room. Large front windows with red strung lighting over Water Street. Beige walls with local art for sale; vibrant & colorful, and the far wall of brick play with a small coat of arms where the brewing equipment sits. There’s a piece on the wall to the front of the bar has a large space painted on it done blackboardlike listing tap selections, OG, Plato, IBU’s, & ABV’s. Wines listed below and other things of note (shwag, glassware, doggie barley bites, stickers, etc.) Black speckled tilings and a black ceiling with blended ducts & drop spinnys. Piping running across the room from the serving tanks disguised not at all with its red, white, & blue Xmas lighting wrapping. Drop cone lamps tracing the bar and more over the seating adjacent & forward. Serving tanks penned in a row across from the bar and the rest of it to the rear.

Half way back to the left, an ‘L’ shaped orangey wood plank topped bar, wood panel base, and foot box; seating for 13 on hightop chairs. Barback is counter space holding a 6 tap tower with logo handles, and wines & glassware. Growls, shirts, & hats displayed above. 2 more nondescript handles on a kegerator just off the bar.

Nearly a dozen and a half tables between the up front area, some sharing space on a church pew bench, a few adjacent to the bar, and a few more to the rear; hightops hugging the brewing equipment there.

6 beers currently up on tap (as the Harvest Ale & Small Batch Wee Heavy had kicked); the sampler gives you 5 and you have to pay another $1 for the 6th one. Municher Helles, 5.2%, a nice Helles, this one was Win; Cream Ale, 6%, good little bite, crisp, solid; Southern English Mild, 4.3%, Fuggles, herbal, pleasant session; Weizenbock, 8%, deep fruitiness up front but a bit phenolic on the end; Beyond Blonde, 5.8%, a bigger beer, grainy malt, some good hoppiness; Thousand Year Porter, 5.5%, chocolatey & roasty, has some nice licorice notes, I dig. Municher Helles, Cream Ale, & Thousand Year Porter were the best of ‘em. 8 wines and a cider, too. They also flight that out.

Food being the name of the lunch game, I started with the spicy carrot soup. Good stuff, had a nice bite, chunky, there were other vegetables in there; I am convinced. And I was being sold pretty hard on the springtime salad with grilled shrimp, but I held my ground and had at the Asian chicken salad (roasted almonds, fresh oranges, black sesame seeds, onion, & sprouts with a homemade peanut ginger dressing). Yep, this was the way to go.

People stopping through to get growls filled so they’ll have something to drink at BCTC. (unprepared amateurs, they). Beers were okay, a few real nice ones, at least one that was not. Caught a good meal, anyway. Lots of Pogues playing today; came in eighteen to one. Friendly folks. Decent little hub on the crossroads corner of NY.

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Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of socon67
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Was in the area and stopped in my a nightcap.

A - Decent crowd of locals. This is a wine and craft beer place so there is a bit of an artsy vibe. No televisions, and you can see the fermenter tanks opposte the bar. For the area its kind of cool.

Q - All handcrafted beers made on premesis. Nice vareity of beer, all served in proper glassware.

Ser - Attentive staff that paid attention and also know about the offerings. I'm thinking they are also involved in making the beer.

Sel - Upside is that the 7 options covered the gambit. Milk stout, english bitters, weizenbock, and a hefeweisen. Downside is that a guest tap would have been perfect, or even a cask offerieng. I get the concept that they are pushing their products but while I liked what they had, nothing was mind blowing.

F - N/A - Didn't have anything though there was a menu of pub fare.

V - Flight was priced under $8 for 6 beers. I found that very reasonable.

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Photo of Lucoli
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of nh2032
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

General update after ~3 more visits in the last year - beer quality and selection seems to be improving. Food is still hit or miss. Still not in our regular rotation, but we are stopping in more often than I expected to.

Atmosphere - very attractive space with about 15 tables and a long bar. There are 5 serving tanks directly opposite the bar. There is no table service - everything is ordered through the bar - which causes pile ups in that area and makes it somewhat chaotic. Even after 4 months people seem confused by the setup.

Quality - have tried the IPA, Porter, Hefeweizen, American Bitter, English Dark Mild, Helles, and Head First pale ale. The IPA, hefe and Helles were solid and I would order them again. The porter was not good - it was hard to finish the whole pint. The rest were pretty much average offerings and not something I'd go out of my way to try again.

Service - as mentioned above there is no table service and this is putting a lot of responsibility on the bartenders. When it was less busy the service was good, but there can be problems getting through the crowd at the bar at busier times.

Selection - They generally have 4 or 5 beers on tap with pretty good variation in styles. In addition to the beers I tried they have had a US pale ale, a dubbel, and a rye pale ale available.

Food - The menu is very small, but most things we've tried have been alright. On our most recent trip everything seemed overly salty - not sure what was up with that.

Value - pints are $5 which is right in line with what I'd expect. Food prices were reasonable too - think $8 for sandwiches and $12-14 for specials.

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Photo of mackziller81
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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Water Street Brewing Co. in Binghamton, NY
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