The North Brewery

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The North BreweryThe North Brewery
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The North BreweryThe North Brewery

Type: Brewery, Homebrew, Beer-to-go

110 Washington Ave
Endicott, New York, 13760-5307
United States

(607) 785-0524 | map

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Added by cashmier on 02-11-2013

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Reviews by JamesShoemaker:
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4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Just wanted to do a quick review of The North, which I finally visited during the Endicott Applefest.

Atmosphere isn't too bad. The storefront is on the old main street in Endicott, and there's plenty of homebrew supplies leading up to the bar counter (which the team built, documented in pictures on the wall). It's a little smelly, but the whole operation is run in a small space, so that's to be expected I suppose.

The beers, five total, were good. Blondie was my favorite; two others were pretty fun and experimental (a DIPA called Mesmerize featuring Sorachi hops and the brewmaster's wedding beer, which was a 10% ABV apple ale with caramel); the remaining two were standard (a chocolate oatmeal stout called Cerberus and a strong ale called Vanilla something or other). The brewmaster offered us a two ounce pour of each for $2 total, which would go towards the price of a half-growler or growler fill if we chose to purchase one (we did). I wish they served pints, but alas.

The service was incredible. The brewmaster was attentive and eager to talk about his beers, servicing everybody expediently and politely (it was packed). I was very impressed.

All-in-all, I'll definitely be back. Their tap list is constantly being updated, the service was incredible, and its only a five minute walk from my house.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of neliam24
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.93/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

This brewery was pretty small but pretty good too. Quality of the beer was decent, all beers I enjoyed. They had 5 beers on tap: a pumpkin porter, a stout, an IPA, and two sours. All were decent but nothing really stuck out. Not a bad brewery to stop at although I do wish they had more taps however, the bartender did say their taps switch out very frequently because they do have a lot of regular customers. Good enough for a second stop to this place but nothing that Wowwed me.

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Photo of Pyramidhead37
4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.1/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of MrFuster
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.58/5  rDev -21%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of bwick29
3.79/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25

Was introduced to this when visiting family. A new, very small, local brewery.

V: Nothing going on here. No seating. Only standing room at a bar without stools. Barrels are stored in the back which do give an interesting backdrop. I know this place is small and new, but this really needs work.

Q: No quality complaints. You can tell these guys really care about their beer and the work they're doing.

Ser: Knowledgeable bartender who answered a few questions for us. Constantly kept the glasses full.

Sel: 5 taps doesn't exactly scream selection. One good thing is that they do sell dog treats from the brew process leftovers.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.04/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Stopped here coming back from a trip to Rochester because I liked the beers I had from them at EBF and wanted to see what else they had to offer. The selection was decent, The service was good. The vibe was a little bit of a dive in my opinion, there was just a bar with no stools or tables to sit at there. It's an interesting spot, seems like the customers come in for a pint and leave right away.

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Photo of schurchill91
5/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The Single greatest beer drinking experience I've ever had. Went to the Big Bad Leather Daddy release this past friday morning, knocked on the window early and got a ticket to taste some 2015 bottles, as well as three selections from their newly released set, my favorite brewery in all of NYS, amazing atmosphere, great group of guys, this was my first bottle release and everyone was super inviting

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Photo of Amorphousrock
4.93/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Amazing hidden gem. It's a true craft brewery that does things the way they should be. You never get tired of a beer on tap and they are always trying newer and better things. The inside just got a facelift, with a concrete countertop and exposed brick; you feel at home...

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Photo of sjp315
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Mike2584
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of DerelictPI
4.97/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is a great brewery for a lot of reasons. The top being that they have great beers. They subscribe to the idea that they should always have on a couple repeats and the rest should be new ones. This is nice because you are constantly able to sample old and new favorites. Also, the dudes who work there are just cool. They are fun to talk to about beer, both theirs and others, politics, life, etc. The place is rather unassuming, as their main focus is beer and conversation, not a trendy looking hot spot. Their barrel-aged beers have been stellar, many good hoppy offerings, but their stouts are my favorite.

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Photo of Soloveitchik
3.75/5  rDev -17.2%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of mynie
4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

This is a reference almost no one will get, but Endicott reminded me of Rock Falls, Illinois in the late 1990s. It's small but it doesn't feel oppressively small. The downtown is still old timey, with storefronts dating from at least the early twentieth century and some old facades still up, but this oldness doesn't feel scary or abandoned like it does in most dying or dead Midwestern towns. These shops have been care for. Things still happen there.

One such storefront, which looks deceptively small from the outside, houses the North Brewery, the surprise stars of the 2015 Extreme Beer Fest. Their facility is quite large for an old commercial storefront--it might have been a small department store, back in the day. It is woody and clean and nicely worn. Very sparse, too: the bar doesn't even have stools or places to sit.

The vibe feels genuine, is what I'm getting at, absolutely unplanned and unpretentious. These people are way more concerned about their beer than they are about anything else. At too many new breweries, craft beer is an investment opportunity, a way of riding a rapidly ascending cultural wave. This has led to a slew of homogeneous, antiseptic brewers, aesthetically manicured places that attract monied illiterates and pump out mediocre beer. You don't get that here. Hiring a designer never even crossed these dudes' minds.

So instead of some magazine spread decor, you get excellent beer and good goddamn people. Call me old fashioned, but that's the way it should be.

The selection wasn't super wide (only 5-6 options), but every style was done perfectly. The beer is very contemporary, tending toward large hop profiles and higher ABVs, but more English influenced that most newer breweries. The French Kiss was the second-best maple beer I've ever had, after only Mornin' Delight, and the Prime IPA was so loaded with sediment it was like licking the bottom of a pack of whole leaf Centennial hops.

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Photo of Mikey05153
5/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

By far one of the best breweries Iv ever been to. Such wild and crazy selections to. Always changing. Always good. Everyone must try this place. Such a hidden gem.

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Photo of TheGoonSquad
4.06/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of smccann
4.17/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

5/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of bfcomedywriter
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of swimdudemdr
5/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Always something new at The North! One of my favorite places and always a favorite brewery of mine. Whether you want hops, stouts, browns, or blondes, they've got it all. Could not recommend more!

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Photo of AriAnaneb
5/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Awesome selections, ever changing! They do an excellent job, my favorite is their IPAs and stouts!

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Photo of Bumzag
4.86/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Awesome place. It's not sparkling clean; kegs, barrels and bags of hops everywhere, creaky floor, etc. 5 beers on tap, all of which were excellent. My favorite of the week was probably the Bad Reputation, their cream ale. The owner is an amazing graphic artist and the guys working were really chill and cool to talk to. There were even a few cans of homebrew that patrons had brought in and let everyone else try out. Not a typical bar with stools, booths, etc. Just stand, sample some brews, maybe buy a growler and leave. Will be back to buy a few pints when the timing is right as their hours are a tad funky.

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Photo of gwhigs
4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Changed how I look at beer. Best beer I've had, hands down.

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The North Brewery in Endicott, NY
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