Well I can say that this was really a fun stop in our visit to Cooperstown. The brewery looks dumpy from the outside, just an old warehouse. The inside isnít much better but they do have some very friendly staff and great prices. As others have noted, just $3 gets you a tour of the brewery and a sample of everything they brew. The beer isnít great, but it is good and the guys there seem to be very interested in talking about beer. Itís neat to see a small operation like this trying to make it in a huge beer world. Worth the stop for the experience, maybe not the beer.
We walked in on a off day on our back east tour in 2004. The owner was there with his trusty sidekick "dog". Very friendly and let me taste some of his examples. I took a growler of his beer and enjoyed it on the rest of the trip. Beer isnít a must have but was doable.
$3 for a 45 minute tour followed up with a tasting of all 7 of their beers, 6 of which are available on draught. When walking into the place, which looks like a hangar from the outside, you are immediately greeted by a dog and cat. On the day I was there, the owner of the brewery was there. He is very friendly and makes a lot of small talk. The tour is informative and really goes into detail about small scale brewing making it a great stop if up in the area. The gift shop has lots of cool breweriana as well.
Second brewery tour. Not the nicest place in the world, but they did have some cool tshirts. The kid who gave the tour knew what he was talking about and made it more interesting than expected. I would agree with the last reviewer - this definitely looked blue collar. The bottling machine was from the 1950s. Everything in the building looked like it was from an old high school except for a few vats. However, $3 gave a ~45 minute long tour and 7 samples. Pretty good deal. The beers arenít anything special, but it was fun regardless. What better to do on a rainy Saturday?
The ambiance isnít the greatest but this is a blue-collar shop designed to produce wonderful beers. Iím not sure abandoned autos and old equipment outside nearby helps. It looks like its near an old train line and old factories. It is typical of Upstate NY. The tour guide spoke really quickly and mechanically about the brewing that is done there. However, the beers they make are really good and you can tell they enjoy making them. Iíve spoken to a few of the other workers and they are really into what they do. The gift shop is nice-it has shirts, numerous books and you can sample their beers on tap. While the brewery up the road emphasizes art and culture, this is history. And you donít want too much after spending a day at the Hall of Fame-information overdrive. There is also a bar in town that has beers on tap from the two local breweries and karoake to boot,