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Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing CompanySouthern Tier Brewing Company
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3.89/5
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54,961 Ratings
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

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BEER STATS
Beers:
63
Reviews:
15,997
Ratings:
54,961
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.35/5
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
233
pDev:
13.33%
 
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Reviews by wailingwench:
Photo of wailingwench
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

You had better call ahead and make sure that they are actually doing a tour. We didn't and found ourselves hanging out with a miserable and very unfriendly barkeep. He clearly didn't want us there, even went as far as to tell us that he was out of growlers. Yeah, right. Same dude got sent to the Blues and Brews in Buffalo. A real miserable SOB. They really needs to start employing more friendly chaps, or at the very least, hot spokesmodels.

Cheers: You must go on the tour. 5 bucks nets you a tasting glass (actually the same one as the IS series) and a 3-4 oz pour of all the beers on tap in the pub. Our tour was conducted by the brewer himself, Matt, not some local high school kid putting in some time here before heading over to the Wal Mart to cash white trash out. Matt poured the following beers: Hop Sun, Chataqua Brew, P & M, Porter, and IPA. He then held a discussion about how each style was made, grain bill, hops used, etc. Pretty in depth stuff. We then proceeded to the mill room which contained all the Cargill bags of grain. We were able to taste certain types of malts, base, caramel (C 60), and wheat. From there, an explanation about boiling, mashing, and what wort is.

From there we moved to the fermenters. We were then given a hit of unfiltered IPA straight from the tank. Sweet ass stuff. Yeast was then discussed and Matt entertained me with all of my questions regarding yeast and fermentation as this is my fav aspect of brewing (even though I have never brewed).

As for the pub, we filled 14 growlers as they have a buy 6, geone free "club." The other half, Phin, was actually tending bar and engaged us in soem interesting banter and discussion regarding theor products. Matt actually seemed to enjoy our questions and he remembered seeing us before at the brewery or somewheres else. It helps having a good looking girl by your side to be memorable.

Cheers: Fellow tour members were chatty, approachable, and appeared to be able to maintain steady employment. Met people from PA, VA, and Cuse whose sole purpose was to stop by the brewery. VA couple hated VA, especially VA Polytechnic Institute. The pub crowd was especially enthralled in our growler collection. Free pints for us were def appreciated, superb salesmanship by Matt and Phin. We easily could have stayed there and drank untill close and then maybe some more, but the smell and allure of fresh baked Amish baked goods tore us away.

Jeers: No growler stickers to tell you what is what, have fun figuring out the diff between the Phin and Matts, Charaqua Brew, and Hop Sun in amber growlers. Only 1 toilet in the bathroom. Amstel light in beer fridge.

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Photo of mutt
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Went for 2nd annual Pumpking Festival

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Photo of NyBeerBro
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of edthehead
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of heddar33
4/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of bwick29
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of BigGun
5/5  rDev +14.9%
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 -12%
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
3.86/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Ryan15237
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.6/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of Muss42
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Yetiman420
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
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 -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 +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of kbuzz
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Skeezman
5/5  rDev +14.9%
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 -9.9%
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 -13.8%
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 +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of dhmxray
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Sixpoint
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of SkiBumbo
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Photo of kkdowning
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

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Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, NY
Brewery rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 54,961 ratings
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