Southern Tier Brewing Company

Southern Tier Brewing CompanySouthern Tier Brewing Company
Southern Tier Brewing CompanySouthern Tier Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2072 Stoneman Circle
Lakewood, New York, 14750
United States

(716) 763-5479 | map

Notes: Visitors can also grab a pint at the Empty Pint Pub, located at the brewery.
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cratez from Canada (ON)

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Visited with my wife during a recent trip to Jamestown/Lakewood and Erie, PA.

Tried the following beers:
Southern Tier Lemon Drop Sun (draft)
2017 Southern Tier Harvest Ale (sample)
Southern Tier 2XSMASH (draft)

And bought some Pilsner, Un*Earthly, Citra Hopped Live Pale Ale, One Buffalo, IPA, Why The Helles Not?, and 2XIPA to go.

Southern Tier is one of the first craft breweries that put me on to hoppy beers roughly thirteen years ago, so I was pumped to finally visit this place. My wife and I were really impressed with their state-of-the-art facility. The taproom is a lovely place to have a drink and the tour was a lot of fun too. Best of all, they make a handful of beers that my oenophile wife enjoys (a rare feat). I definitely recommend visiting ST if you appreciate good beer.

Feb 26, 2020
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M_Leo from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 2

Meh. It's okay. The selection of beer is pretty much all pale ale. It's a pretty cool place, but the feeling is just off. It's kind of like a large corporation trying to pass off as small and cozy.

Apr 11, 2019
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NyBeerBro from New York

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Darn near perfect. Love this brewery as about as well as someone could love a brewery. Fun, Great Service and best of all awesome beer. If you have not visited you should.

Sep 26, 2017
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bwick29 from Virginia

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

An excellent location full of beautiful wood, tall ceilings, and ample outdoor space. The Empty Pint is the main bar with food, indoor seating, outdoor seating (covered in winter), and views of large fermentation vessels through huge pane windows. Upstairs is another weekend-only tasting room for tour finishes and flights. Outdoors includes a stage, picnic tables, and games to play. Service is always good, even when busy. I've toured this place a number of times and have always enjoyed it. This really is a beautiful brewery, best experienced on a nice summer day with plenty of time to spend.

May 17, 2017
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Seriously in the middle of nowhere, it is surprising (almost shocking) to take a turn into an industrial park and find the sprawling, tourist-ready campus of Southern Tier. They recently expanded and now have a tasting room, the “Empty Pint” pub and plenty of outdoor space with live music. This is one of those "destination breweries" ready for the big crowds.

The pub does get busy, so if you’re not having food I would recommend climbing that steep flight of stairs and chilling at the quiet, air-conditioned tasting room.

The place overall is fun and the employees are efficient and friendly, but I was disappointed by the lack of good brews on tap. I was expecting to find Choklat, Crème Brulee and all the imperial goodies I love, but they had none of those, except for the new and delicious Salted Caramel.

Still, 14 taps, served in 4-8-12-16 oz (and growlers). A couple of brewery-only specials, including the tasty New School IPA and a funky Imperial Cherry Gose.

Food is simple but super tasty- grilled goat-cheese sandwich, chips with cheddar dip and pickles. I dig it.

I had been wanting to visit Southern Tier for years and years and I am glad I finally made it. But I wouldn’t rush to go back or drive out of the way to come here.

Jan 08, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

A nice sized parking lot leads to a wide open interior with high ceilings and sun-welcoming windows, yet they still manage to keep it lit just right in the middle of the day. There is a huge back door opening to a wide open, pseudo-beer garden with a stage and what seems like a pretty regular presence of musicians. Southern Tier has a pretty cool vibe and interior.

They have a really wide selection of their own beers ranging every style including a few styles you might not have known they dabble in if you, like me, are very familiar with seeing them in your local supermarkets and bars. The quality is pretty consistent, and the beers they excel in, (dessert beers), are over the top when fresh. Sweet is the angle Southern Tier comes from, and the sweetness seems a bit stronger than the bottle when the beers are pouring out of these taps.

The food here is the primary let down. First, you can't order food until a certain time, and when that time comes, everybody else knows about it too, so a pretty long line forms at a podium. They take your order fairly swiftly depending on the people in front of you, and the food comes out shockingly fast, so, in the end, that's not the problem. Yet, that's where the problem lies, as they are obviously just warming up some funky fried or baked food products that might satisfy the little tikes, but are a little disappointing to adults and the sort of craft beer lovers that enjoy sampling new or unique things made with love.

However, overall, the place provides a nice experience, and has plenty of beers to take home, some being semi-rare. Kegs are available as well.

Jul 12, 2016
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Yetiman420 from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Stop #483 on world brewery tour. Visited around 6:30 on a wonderful mid-70 degree Thursday evening in late August. They had an event going on with food from a catered grill. It was crowded but we found a table at the outside patio and felt at one with high-end nature. The only knock I can give is that most all the beers on tap are available in my home market of Cincinnati. Would have been nice to see some other styles or variations.

Apr 18, 2016
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redgorillabreath from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Pulled in at about 9:30 PM while traveling. It's about 10-15 minutes off interstate 86, somewhat out there on its own. Kitchen was closed, but the taps were open and the place was full. Grabbed a couple of six packs to go and hit the road. Very nice place. Looking forward to going back when I can enjoy it.

Mar 06, 2016
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glass_house from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

I didn't have any food, but some people in my group did and said it was above average brewpub food. Nice big selection of ST brews on tap, and the service was attentive and courteous. Will definitely be back.

Oct 08, 2015
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Roadking1979 from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Stopped by last week on the way to Buffalo from Indy. Have wanted to go to Southern Tier for years and am glad my brothers and I finally did. I was taken by the beauty of the area in Lakewood as well as the rustic quality of the brewery setting. Great outdoor area. Tried several beers and settled on pints of Harvest and Warlock. Both were great on a picturesque late summer afternoon. Pulled pork nachos were preyy good and the $6 growler fills on Hopsun were much appreciated.

Sep 19, 2015
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tybeerius from Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Brew tour sold out long before we got there...talked to a few people who were in the taste room, just finishing up a tour, and they said that the tour was not worth it (apparently it was led by a 'marketing person' rather than one of the brewers). The brewpub was also small for such an excellent brewery (was off season, so patio was not open).

Jun 16, 2015
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Pylon_Johnson from New York

4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

My hometown brewery, so I have been there many times. Great atmosphere, great beer, friendly staff, reasonable prices. My only complaint is lack of selection. There are many different selections, but nearly half of them are some form of pale ale or IPA. Most other types of beers, pilsners, porters, lagers, etc, only have a few offerings if any.

Jan 15, 2015
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TX-Badger from Texas

3.81/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Pours an opaque dark brown almost black color with khaki colored head. Chocolate, roasted malts, and some earthiness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied, nice and smooth. Finishes with more milk chocolate and roasted malt flavors.

Nov 27, 2014
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PittBeerGirl from Ohio

4/5  rDev -7.8%

I was up here on a crazy saturday at the beginning of september. No parking or room available. Ahh...the beginning of Pumpking and Warlock season.

Southern Tier has become one of the largest breweries in the country-rather quickly. They have a nice brewpub area near the back with indoor and outdoor seating.

All their merchandise is to the right as soon as you enter and the bar is to the left. You basically grab a menu in the front and place your food order with the host/hostess-the hostess gives you a number to place on your table, then grab your own drink at the standing only bar and find your own seat. As busy as it was-this system seemed to work really well for ST-as your food is out rather quickly and you just get whatever else you need. I really think that a lot of other busy brew pubs should follow this model.

They have all of the prices and sizes clearly posted with several different options for serving sizes of each beer. They have 13 beers on tap-always rotatning with seasonals and within their several different series. They always seem to have their current imperial seasonal and blackwater seasonal on-tap.

The main dining room/bar area has a lofty new wooden cabin/house feel.

The food options are limited and include many sandwich options along with some taco an quesidillas. I had a pulled pork was pretty good-but not earth-shattering.

I did get a tour as my birthday present and I was very impressed with their expansion and brewing equipment. Of course, pumpking is thier most popular and most brewed beer.

Oct 19, 2014
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jadpsu from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Visited friends, who live on Lake Chautauqua. Beautiful weather on a day spent on their boat on the lake. Went to the brewery, atmosphere was enriched by a decent band out of Edinboro , Pa.
Nice day in SW NY state.

Oct 03, 2014
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mertzhb15 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.2%

I love this place. Hidden right off the lake and is a great place to get some awesome food and hang out. Highly reccomneded if you are in the Erie/Chautauqua area.

Sep 30, 2014
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carmone from Ohio

4.73/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

I may be a little biased because I absolutely adore their beers, but this was a fantastic experience. We had spent three days hitting breweries in the NY area and this by far was my favorite. Upon arrival we were impressed with exterior. It was beautiful and settled into the environment quite well. The tap room was packed and we were too late to get in on the tour of the brewery as it had already sold out, but the staff was friendly and helpful. The service was quick even with the packed conditions. Luckily we were able to snag a table as someone exited so we didn't stand too long. Food service was quick and the food itself was excellent and I liked how they had the a separate area to order food away from the taps. And the beers, no complaints there..except that the Pumking was out of season. Guess we just need to go back when they have it on tap.

Jun 17, 2014
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Large free standing brewery/ tasting room looks like a Bavarian hunting lodge. Tasting room is to the right of the entry with a service bar and a dozen or so communal tables. There is also a large outdoor patio area. 20 or so well assorted beers on tap. The place struck me as a great place to have an event.

Jun 15, 2014
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RyFikes from New York

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The tour was cheap. Maybe $5, and you got your own glass to keep. The guy who did the tour was great and let you drink all the beer you wanted. I even got to sample the 2X Stout directly from the vat at the end, amazing! The bar and gift shop shared the same area and it got pretty cramped; but it was winter and I think they have a patio area for warmer months. The beer selection was legit, they served everything they brewed, including their Chautauqua Brew (its pretty generic) which you can't find anywhere else. They don't have a food menu. I think they just serve snacks. Overall, it was a good afternoon and it didn't cost much money. Try the Back Burner Barley Wine, delicious!

^That was two years ago^

Spent the afternoon hanging out on their patio on a beautiful day. We did the tour again, which was more expensive ($15) than last time; but they have done significant renovations including a tap room on the second floor which wasn't there the last time. The second floor is where the tour ends and they let you sample whatever they've got on tap. Went back to the patio and listened to live music while we ate. They've got meatloaf sandwiches that are gigantic and delicious. Overall a great way to spend the day. We'll be going back in the fall.

Jun 02, 2014
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camartin27 from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My hats off to the ladies in a very busy tasting room on a Sunday afternoon. Busy day, delish food great company. Scenic drive in NY. A must stop by if you are in the area....mmm...fresh creme brulee :) We had flights of some selections we cant get in OH and it was an overall great experiece!

Mar 07, 2014
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Didn't take a tour, so this review is of just the "restaurant" and bar, The Empty Pint. All of Southern Tier's core offerings, plus a few pub-only selections are on tap- 15-20 in total. All were reasonably priced. Only food available seemed to be pulled pork sandwiches, which looked tasty nonetheless.

The space is gorgeous- inside of a big cabin looking building. There's an inside bar area with growler fills, and tall tables for drinking. There's an outdoor area as well that covered or uncovered depending on the season. In the winter, when we came, they cover it and heat it. Lots of friendly talkative people hang out here. Definitely recommended.

Jan 27, 2014
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sniper061 from New York

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

The beer selection is always good and if you can't find something that you like it is because you didn't try. On the topic of food it is almost non existent with there only being a couple selections. They do let you bring food in and I have seen people having full blown picnics in the place. During the summer it is a great place to hang out and enjoy a cigar, outside, with one of their great beers. I truly enjoy the brewery and
Still love going on the tours.

Oct 25, 2013
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Deerslayer210 from Pennsylvania

4.91/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Heaven on earth. Building is warm, made of mix of modern materials in brewery but of stone and large wood beams in the tasting room. They make awesome beer period. This is not a restaurant, but they serve one sandwich (pork and it is stellar), so they can stay open later and put a little food in your belly due to high test beer. Tour is great fun and educates those with little experience. A large plus, they have some of their best sellers tapped with nitro and many one time releases you will never taste anywhere else. Get lucky on a tour and be a test group for a new brew. Highly recommend this place, but hope you all stay away so I have room at the bar. Nothing better than drinking gods nectar right from the teat.

Oct 18, 2013
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Wortman1998 from New York

4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

One of my favorite breweries. Some of my favorite beers. A great way to spend a relaxing summer day. Have a few of Southern Tier's beers while sitting outside listening to some talented musicians. Play a game of "stones", meet some great people.

Oct 16, 2013
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PumkingBeau from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 1.75

Wow this place just had an addition for 2013. More brewing is going on in this top notch , beautifully built brewery. I was very impressed at the detail which was paid to the overall feel of this establishment. Beautiful woodwork within, clean as clean can be. Outside is set for a fun afternoon, bring a game of bags set up ad chill to live music on the stage. We have gone over 6 times and live in Pittsburgh, defiantly worth the 2 1/2 hors in the car to get there. Make this place a destination and you won't be disappointed.

Aug 22, 2013
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