Southern Tier Brewing Company

Southern Tier Brewing CompanySouthern Tier Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2072 Stoneman Circle
Lakewood, New York, 14750
United States

(716) 763-5479 | map

Visitors can also grab a pint at the Empty Pint Pub, located at the brewery.

Please note, we're located in the Stoneman Business Park, NOT in residential Lakewood as Mapquest and other online maps indicate.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
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 some pretty regular music. 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 is 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.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of redgorillabreath
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of glass_house
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of Roadking1979
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of tybeerius
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
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).

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Photo of Pylon_Johnson
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

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Photo of mertzhb15
5/5  rDev +19.3%

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.

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Photo of carmone
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of RyFikes
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of camartin27
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of sniper061
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of Deerslayer210
4.91/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of Wortman1998
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of PumkingBeau
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Aerocraft67
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Basically stopped in for a growler and some souvenir glassware. Worth a visit for sure. Vibrant summer crowd, friendly service in a busy place, attractive facility, includes outdoor seating. Only regret is that I didn't have more time to spend there. And that the tours for the day were already booked. So pan ahead and arrive early if you want that.

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Photo of Bighead6365
5/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I've been here 3 times for tours, and every time is AMAZING. Make sure you bring lots of growlers, because buying it fresh off their tap saves you money! It's been amazing to see how the company has grown over the years. The first time I went was in 2006 and they were so small and tiny. Now the place is beautiful with a wood cabin, stage, and a HUGE brewing room.

If you are ever around Lakewood, make sure to stop by.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Was lucky enough to be on a week long shoot just 15 minutes from this brewery.
It's in a nice country setting, off the beaten path. Looks like their adding on from the construction outside. The have plenty of space inside and the patio outside is very nice. There's a covered section and an open section. People were playing Frisbee and chilling out on the grass. They have about 4 to 5 different glassware to buy and several shirts (boys and girls). The selection was good I think they had about 12-14 different taps. Some of the beers were Pumking, Iniquity, Unearthly, 2xIPA 2XStout, Creme Brulee, Phin n Matts, 422, IPA, Hopsun, Oak Aged Backburner. The atmosphere was great and the prices were pretty good. A growler fill up of Imperial beer was $15. They had several oz. option as well as pitcher pours. They only serve pulled pork sandwiches, which they had ran out of when we were there so I can't comment on those. I will say they gave us free homemade potato chips that were from the day before and not very crisp. Didn't get a chance to tour the brewery but the tap room is top notch and worth a stop if you're in the area.

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Photo of DWolf
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

I've been a fan of Southern Tier's brews for quite a while, and have always wanted to visit this place. Having the opportunity of being in the area, I jumped at the chance. I have to admit. I was disappointed by the "pub food description". It's more of a bag of chips and a take it or leave it type of place. So, my advice is to not come hungry ... which likely affected my rating. But, DO COME for the beer. The tap selections are pretty broad, and they also have a very nice selection of guest bottled selections (i.e., Firestone), as well as some nice wine choices. The staff is friendly and helpful. Southern Tier also sells a pretty wide selection of carry out stuff - bombers, sixes, glassware, and t-shirts, etc. Lastly, this place is a bargain. $5 for bombers, $8 for mixes sixes, and growler refills for $7??? Awesome. The tasters are VERY reasonably priced too. While its tasting room size, format, and layout makes it a place I wouldn't make a special trip for, when in the area, I am definitely stopping in again (especially now that I have a growler to refill).

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Photo of NODAK
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

It's a bit out of the way outside the city of Lakewood, but it's certainly worth the drive if you happen to be in the area. The tasting room itself is pretty small, and so I docked it somewhat slightly for that simply because there was barely anywhere to sit due to lack of seating. The ambience though, was pretty good. It had a log cabin type of feel to it. Very homey.

The selection of taps was solid, around a dozen or so offerings. Prices varied from 3 dollars to 6 dollars for pints of their beers, which I'd say is pretty fair when you consider just how expensive bombers of some of those beers are. Growlers were also available, of course, and I picked one up of Oak Aged Pumpking for 20 bucks (13 for the beer, 7 for the growler).

I also liked that they offered select other beers that were not brewed by them for further sampling if you so desired. That's a good touch for those who maybe don't like the more bold ST beers and want something they may be more familiar with.

Good selection of glassware too...picked up a couple glasses for 10 bucks.

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