Visited for the noon release of Cuvee de Castleton, and found the brewery small but enjoyable, in the vein of other taproom-only establishments that caters towards local fans for growler fills and friends of the brewery. There is only a taproom and it’s function is growler fills and samples (no pints sold by law), so be sure to tip well when you visit. The folks here are top-notch.
Hey! It’s another brewery in an industrial warehouse park thingy. If I had a dollar for every brewery I’ve visited in an industrial park I can’t tell you how much money I’d have, but I could certainly by a nice dinner. It looks like they’ve put a lot of work into the place. They had an outdoor picnic area with entertainment. Inside they had some tables and barrels for folks to gather around. Apparently they use to give away samples which they no longer do. Now they sell poker chips which can be redeemed. $5 gets you 5 samples. $2 gets you a 4 ounce taster and you’re first sample. so 7 bucks for a 6 beer flight and a sample glass is a damn good deal. I hadn’t had a lot of their stuff before but what I had on the day was fantastic. They had 5-6 regulars as well as 5-6 seasonals/one-offs. Also if you buy bombers or merch they also give you additional sample chips which, btw, don’t expire. This place is a gem and I can’t wait to get back.
Tap room in a warehouse type brewery. The place was packed, but the people here were very nice anyway. $2 gets you a tasting glass to keep and pretty much all the samples you can drink. The beers ranged from solid to very good. Parking is plentiful around the industrial park. There are lots of tables and barrels around and a large outside area. The prices were good. I wish other breweries that serve tons of people did it this efficiently and this well. Well done.
CL is a well designed taproom. The main room has different queues for growler fills and samples, with plenty of merchandise and bottles displayed for purchase. You can also stand in a fenced-off area on the brewery floor - I liked this, and spent some time watching the brewers run the bottling line. There’s also an outdoor patio area with picnic tables and a bocce court. Unfortunately, my world-class bocce skills didn’t shine on this occasion! The value is excellent: for $2 you get unlimited pours of their draft beers. When I visited, they had 5 of their core beers on plus another 2 experimental brews. The beers were of great quality. More limited bottles were available for sale. Unfortunately, you aren’t allowed to drink bottles on site, a minor inconvenience. The ambiance is laid-back and pleasant. The place seemed to be filled with locals. The service was fine. Overall, it’s a nice afternoon out. I didn’t regret my field trip up from Manhattan.
A small and functional room that opens so rarely that such a popular microbrewery residing in makes it sure to be overcrowded. And it was! Still, with them having no permits, you get the chance to try everything free. Some rarer draught only offerings are really good like the impressive regular pale ale. It is not a place to hang around, but coming here to buy a new release has a certain pilgrimage feel to it that is a big part of the beer hunting life mode. Helpful and friendly staff, despite being in heavy demand, did their best to offer excellent service. With their increasing popularity, it will become very hard to speand more than an hour in this small room, but it can still be worth it.
Stopped by here recently on a Sunday afternoon. This is a really nice brewery for an afternoon visit. The first time you go I suppose it can be a little confusing to "get with the program" (buy a tasting glass, buy your casino tokens for the tastings, get on the sample line vs the growler or beerware line...immediately get on line again as soon as you have your first tasting in hand, repeat)...but I think it’s kind of silly to criticize the place or ding them in your ratings for something that basically works very well (reminds my of traffic circles...most efficient way to move cars vs traffic lights...but lots of people can’t figure them out and complain about them...lol!). Anyway, fun place...with outdoor beer garden...bocce court...comfortable chairs...food vendor (Village Dogs). I also like the glass doors and "porch" looking into the brewery operations. All in all I had a great afternoon there and the people I spoke with also seemed to be enjoying themselves. This is a great place to meet people and enjoy beer conversations. They had 8 good to great beers on tap when I visited. I especially enjoyed the IPA, Imperial IPA, and the Smoked Porter. Great place to visit with a group of friends...or alone.
Stopped in on the way back from a visit to NYC. A small area with a good number of taps for sampling. Also had a decent number of bottles available for sale. Staff was very conversationable and knowledgeable. Prices were nice and definitely worth a stop if your in the area.
Nice little tasting room they’ve got here. Light wooden bar along one side of a small office-like area. A few small tables and a window that overlooks the brewing area. I was surprised at how much space they have here for potential future expansion. Friendly folks behind the bar who were jumping to keep up with the growler fills. NIce 6-8 oz samples in a proper UK-style half pint glass rather than the typical shaker style glass. Worth visiting.
This microbrewery’s tasting room is quite charming but was so full of people coming in and out, getting growler fills and wanting to taste the week’s offerings that it didn’t feel that comfortable a place to stay for a while. They do not have a license to sell beer on tap on premises, so they have to give you free samples. What a shame. :) Scott was there to serve beer with a few of his acolytes/employees, so you cannot get more knowledgeable service than that. I would not hesitate to come back down for any of his special releases (like we did for the Nor’Easter last weekend), but I would not come here to spend a few hours. Scott is brewing masterpieces and will become the next Tomme Arthur, if I may venture into prophetic territory.
Visited during Sour’ed in September. Nice size taproom. Beer is great of course. Not a lot of beers other than the regular stuff you usually see when I was there as they saved most of their special brews for the fest. Awesome food outside.