Southern Tier Brewing Company

BEER AVG
3.87/5
Southern Tier Brewing CompanySouthern Tier Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2072 Stoneman Circle
Lakewood, New York, 14750
United States

(716) 763-5479 | map
southerntierbrewing.com

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

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

http://www.southerntierbrewing.com/tours.html

Added by John

BEER STATS
Beers:
60
Reviews:
15,537
Ratings:
53,295
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
228
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
4.3%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 228
Reviews by NODAK:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of BigGun
5/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is one of my all time favorite beers.

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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 nater919
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of Ryan15237
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

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 Muss42
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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 Tomkob11
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of kbuzz
4.23/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Skeezman
5/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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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 Rolfsevg
5/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of dhmxray
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Sixpoint
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of SkiBumbo
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Photo of kkdowning
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of Ryften
4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Bdorchy
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Zuthos
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of RKing44
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

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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Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, NY
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