Southern Tier Brewing Company

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3.91/5
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
www.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

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BEER STATS
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PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
226
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
4.29%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 226
Reviews by adamette:
Photo of adamette
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped by here 8 28 09 as a part of a weekend with my brother in which we rode our bikes around Lake Chautaqua (42 or 43 miles), caught an Elvis Costello show at the Institute and visiting this place and Wegman's. Great weekend!

Atmoshphere. Southern Tier, first off, is not easy to find. It is on the East end of a long building (a business park) and the signage out on the road is not prominent. As mentioned here on BA, mapquest and my GPS were not able to find it perfectly accurately either. Anyway, once found there is what appears to be the corporate or business entrance and then immediately to the left is the "Empty Pint" pub (love the name) complete with a small outdoor beer garden basically on a wooden deck. Walk through that (there are like 12 tables maybe out there) and then into the bar where there are an additional 3 tables and a rather small (6 to 8 stools) bar on the right with 5 to 6 taps. The back wall has souvenirs for sale as well as bombers on sale for $4.99. There was also very decent music playing (Beatles, Billy Joel classics) while we were there. That is appreciated. I like the atmosphere. The pub, albeit small, brings a nice modern, urban feel to a pretty rural area. It is clean but warm and inviting and, at least when I went, is filled with people who care about beer.

Quality: Well the beer is presented well in proper glassware and of course the only options are from Southern Tier. Quality was just fine.

Service: As mentioned above, friendly people, one of the "bartenders" was also a brewer as he told us about making the ST OAT earlier that day. That is cool.

Selection: As expected, only Southern Tier selections available here but they are wide ranging and very good.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Ryan15237
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
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 -4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Yetiman420
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Tobyrando
5/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This brewery is awesome. Located off the lake and great in the summer. Could be a little bigger, but definitely stop by if you are in the Erie/Chautauqua area.

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Photo of redgorillabreath
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of Tomkob11
4.66/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of kbuzz
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Skeezman
5/5  rDev +19%
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 -6.7%
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.

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Photo of Roadking1979
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
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%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of dhmxray
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Sixpoint
4.58/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of SkiBumbo
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Photo of kkdowning
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of Ryften
4.94/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Bdorchy
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Zuthos
4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of RKing44
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of tybeerius
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Wannick3
3.78/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of dank36
3.78/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, NY
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