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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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
For some reason, I always think these "big" breweries will have huge taprooms. Not the case here ( I'm in the Empty Pint). Small and cozy, mountain lodge look and feel. Small crowd on a Weds evening. Good service and a few tap list finds (they keep a few flagships on all the time). I could do without the country music though. Watch out for the deer on the way in!
Feb 11, 2023
Rated: 5 by Samnem from Georgia

Jan 09, 2023
Rated: 4.51 by MJSFS from Florida

Mar 19, 2021
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Rated by GaryM6 from New York

4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75
Great brewery. Went there for Halloween pumpkin release. Good vibe good people
Jan 28, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

Sep 06, 2020
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.7 by Whitey_from_Remedy from Pennsylvania

Sep 19, 2019
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Reviewed by 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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Rated by Reggie_Dunlop from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75
Yeah now this was one of the first brewpubs and it is waaaaay to small now. So it is always very crowded and chaos but I love it.
Dec 15, 2018
Rated: 5 by Brycoy5 from Ohio

Nov 02, 2018
Rated: 4.45 by JeffSK from Wisconsin

Aug 19, 2018
Rated: 3.53 by BlueKurenai from Vermont

Jun 21, 2018
Rated: 4 by Kegatron from Pennsylvania

Apr 24, 2018
Rated: 3.93 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Feb 11, 2018
Rated: 4.61 by EricFitz from New York

Dec 12, 2017
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Rated by mutt from Florida

4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75
Went for 2nd annual Pumpking Festival
Oct 09, 2017
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by edthehead from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4
Nice taproom with some seating, and real nice spacious landscapes outdoor patio as well, all window service for beer and food. Limited food selection, but the nachos are real good.
Sep 24, 2017
Rated: 4 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania

Jun 06, 2017
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Reviewed by 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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Rated by BigGun from Tennessee

5/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
This is one of my all time favorite beers.
Apr 07, 2017
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 3.86 by nater919 from New York

Aug 30, 2016
Rated: 4.13 by Ryan15237 from Pennsylvania

Aug 26, 2016
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.03 by Muss42 from Michigan

Jun 04, 2016
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.66 by Tomkob11 from Maryland

Feb 02, 2016
Rated: 4.23 by kbuzz from North Carolina

Jan 19, 2016
Rated: 4 by Iamjeff6 from Virginia

Dec 08, 2015
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Rated by Skeezman from New York

5/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
Brewery is beautiful. Food was excellent and came out fast. There's not a beer they make that I don't like.
Nov 13, 2015
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 5 by Rolfsevg from Ohio

Sep 01, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by dhmxray from New York

Aug 01, 2015
Rated: 4.58 by SCW from New York

Jul 23, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by SkiBumbo from California

Jul 17, 2015
Rated: 3.9 by kkdowning from Pennsylvania

Jul 15, 2015
Rated: 4.94 by Ryften from Pennsylvania

Jul 14, 2015
Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, NY
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