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Two Goats Brewing

    

Two Goats Brewing

http://twogoatsbrewing.com

What: Brewpub on the Finger Lakes Wine Trail.

Where: 5027 State Rte 414, Hector, NY 14818 (on the East shore of Seneca Lake)

When to go: Might be pretty busy on the Weekends due to travelers on the Wine Trail.  Check their website for live music dates!  (Closed on Wednesday)

Yesterday we took a day trip down to Watkins Glen to visit my dad.  Since it was overcast and a little on the chilly side, we decided to skip the beach and take a drive up Seneca Lake instead.  As luck would have it, we stumbled upon Two Goats Brewing, a brewpub on the east shore.

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TAP NY 2012 – the Saga Continues…

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Sunday morning started early.  We had forgotten to close the curtains in the hotel room so we were up with the sun and ready for another round… after a few Advil and a cup of coffee of course.  Breakfast was our first order of business.  After stopping at 4 ATMs we finally found one with cash and were able to procure a couple of bagel sandwiches and some iced coffee. (Pro Tip: Mountain Bagels & Cafe doesn’t take plastic.)  From there it was back to the Forrester to await the arrival of the other brew crew members that were joining us for day two.

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TAP NY 2012 – Day One

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We woke much earlier than normal for a Saturday, anxious for the long awaited journey that lie ahead.  Bleary eyed and in desperate need of coffee, we loaded “Blue” (our trusty pickup truck) with two days provisions and hit the road…  We arrived in Hunter, NY just before noon and checked into our room at the Forrester Lodge.  From there it was just a short walk (score!) to our final destination — the TAP New York Craft Beer & Fine Food Festival.

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Visiting Southern Tier Brewing Company

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This past weekend the gang and I traveled to Lakewood, NY to visit Southern Tier Brewing Company for the second time.  I still cannot recommend this brewery enough, I don’t think I have ever had a beer from Southern Tier that I didn’t like.  If you ask me, they are the best brewery in New York State and quickly becoming one of the top breweries in the country.

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Southern Tier Brewing Co.

Southern Tier Brewing Co

I started to develop a taste for craft beer when JD and I visited Rogue Ales at the start of last year.  Our trip to Oregon was fantastic, leaving a deep impression on both of us, and Rogue will always have a special place in my heart as a result.  But our visit to Southern Tier Brewing Co. in June ’11 is when I really started to fall in love with the craft beer industry.

We first visited the brewery in Lakewood, NY for a beer and cheese pairing event at their brewpub, The Empty Pint.  Despite unseasonably cool weather (read: classic summer day in upstate NY), we enjoyed the outdoor patio with several comments made about the laid-back but well executed aesthetic of the place.  A partnership with Wegmans brought a tasty array of NYS cheeses together with carefully selected craft beer from west coast brewers Anchor Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Anderson Valley, and Stone Brewing, along with Great Lakes, Dogfish Head, and Ommegang. Of course we drank plenty of Southern Tier Brews too!

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