Drove up for the Le Bleu release and made it into a little overnight trip. We rolled up to the brewery at 10am, right behind the guy who runs the tap room. A few minutes later once another couple cars had arrived he invited us all in side. That quick hospitality and welcoming attitude really defines what Ithaca seems to be about. A few beers were shared amongst everyone there and the taps flowed for samples as well. The place has a very chill laid back local sort of feel, and there were definitely locals showing up just for growler fills who seemed to be a bit surprised at the growing crowd. I like that they have homebrew supplies as well, very much the sort of thing that shows that they support their locals and their locals support them. Wish it was a bit closer, but I’ll be back.
Hit this place up with some friends and it was very cozy. It doubles as a home brew shop, which is nice. The employe’s were very chill and informative. You can get a FREE 7 beer sampler... and the employees said many people come in once a week or more for these and that the management doesn’t mind. Just a very friendly company on the end of the main Ithaca drag. No food and not too much as far as ambiance other than the generally laidback feel. They also had some awesome Ithaca Root Beer and Ginger Beer. Cool Spot.
Parking friendly two minutes drive outside the city. Nice friendly little brewery with a large room that is both a gift shop and a tasting room. Like it is the case with all NY state brewery that have a tasting room (and not a full licensed pub) you cannot buy samples. They give you free samples of whatever they have on tap. When I was there they had close to 10 beers on tap for free sampling. Unfortunately very few of their higher end 750ml bottles seem to be available on tap. They don’t seem to keep “special” bottles behind the counter for visitors. What’s there to buy is what is currently sold. I was lucky to find the Brute there but only because I happened to be there while it was being distributed. The staff was particularly friendly. I bought many bottles, glasses and bottles openers. Affordable prices but not cheaper than a good deal at a beer store. Overall this is a pleasant tasting and buying experience and you just cannot be in the neighbourhood without paying this brewery a visit.
We stopped by during a recent trip to the Finger Lakes. This is my third or fourth visit here and each trip has been enjoyable. They have a wide selection of their beers on tap and gladly provide samples and seem to genuinely enjoy talking beer. My wife and kids waited outside in the van while I was inside, and they even brought some soda samples out to my family! Nice touch! They have a decent selection of homebrew supplies as well. I ended up buying a growler, and a couple bottles each of the Brute and Eleven, as well as a mixed case of their root beer and ginger beer (their ginger beer is excellent by the way). Very convenient on Rt 13 and just down the road from Buttermilk Falls, definitely worth stopping by.
Great place. Tremendous ambiance. They’ve been putting a lot of work into their tasting room and it shows. Knowledgeable employees, free samples of anything, good brewery tour. A very passionate crew. Extremely reasonable growler fills and mix-and-match sixers, all the Excelsior series 750’s, occasional brewery-only one-offs on the tap for growler fills (currently an unfiltered Flower Power). Les than a minute from two NY state parks (gorges, waterfalls, trails, picnic areas). Must visit when in Ithaca.
Stopped in here to get some Brute, only to discover that they were out. Friendly though is leading me to places that still might have it or the IPAbbey. Nice selection of homebrew materials and swag, otherwise. Bought a very nice tulip glass.
Établissement visité le mardi 14 octobre vers 15h00. Ambiance: Grand local un peu vide avec un bar pour les dégustations. Réfrégirateur pour bières. Musique en sourdine. Service: Sympathique avec explication des bières disponibles. Sélection: 7 bouteilles de 12 oz et 4 bouteilles en 750 ml. Growler disponible. (113e rating d’établissement)
Stopped here on my way to the Finger Lakes. Atmosphere was decent considering it is a micro-not a brewpub. the guy working offered good service, and knew the beers pretty well. free samples of anything on tap. Growler fills are a bargain- 6 bucks! All the beer is reasonably priced, and you can mix and match 6 or 12 packs. They also sell homebrew supplies/ingredients although their stock seems to be pretty meager. Their beers are all solid, so I would say this is definitely worth stopping at if you are in the area, or need to drive alittle bit out of your way.