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Roosterfish Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 20
Beer Ratings: 189
Beer Avg: 3.63
Taps: - / Bottles: -
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery ]
303 N. Franklin St
phone: (607) 535-9797
Also home to Wildflower Café.
(Place added by: John)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 25 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
June 30th, 2010
Lunch w/The Sawyers
Stopped by here for lunch after the CMAC Phish show. A nice mellow family atmosphere. A very artsy vibe, except for some oddly placed stock photos.
We ordered the sampler which came in a really cool well labeled rack, see it here-> http://twitpic.com/2313qz Breweries should take notice of this, one thing i hate is guessing which beer I'm drinking when I order a sampler. Roosterfish offers an impressive variety of solid beers.
My memory is hazy on the food, but I do remember loving the corn fritters. I also remember leaving for and satisfied. No complaints from my companions.
One of the best things about this place is that is right down the street from the amazing Watkins Glen State Park. Makes for an awesome afternoon of drinking and hiking. Highly recommended. If you visit the Finger Lakes Region this is a must stop.
07-17-2010 19:32:33 |
More by beerphan
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Nice location right on the main drag in Watkins Glen. DW and I stopped in for lunch and really enjoyed the food. I had searched this place out for their beer and I was not disappointed.
First the grub... DW had a Catfish Po' boy, DD went with the grilled cheese and I had the fresh burger. All 3 of us enjoyed our meals, the hand cut fries were excellent.
As for the beer, they had 6 or so beers on tap, this was our first stop on the way around the lake and it's various breweries wineries so we took it easy. 2 pints of Hefeweisen later, DW was driving us to our next stop ;-) They were out of growlers but luckily I had brought my own. I got my Stone growler filled with some Hefe for the road and I received plenty of compliments on my growler.
I was initially disappointed because I was interested in purchasing more than one beer to take home. I later found a bottle of their IPA in the Wegman's supermarket just down the road from our hotel.
Would definitely come back here if I ever find myself in Watkins Glen again in the future.
06-01-2010 23:41:31 |
More by tdawgydog
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I took a weekend/anniversary visit to wine country in this part of NY, so naturally we figured we'd stop at atleast one brewpub and/or brewery along the way. This place was only about 10-15 minutes away from the Inn we stayed at. We went on a Sunday afternoon and figured we'd watch some playoff football while we were there. Unfortunately the Patriots got destroyed by the Ravens, that was a downfall of the afternoon, but really had little to do with the rest of our experience here. The atmosphere was nice. It looked as if it were an old style pub or tavern, very dim lights, the windows provided a good chunk of the lights. We had a seat at the bar, it was pretty nice, the bar tender was attentive and nice. The only tough part was the entrance was so close to the bar and it was close to freezing outside so sitting at the bar or around the bar you'd get a nasty breeze coming in. The service was very good, the bartender was very nice and helpful, she even gave us some free molasses bread which was nice. The selection was good. They mainly had their own beers on a tap list and a tap of miller light. They had everything except a stout I think. I got a Nut Brown ale and the Coco Porter and enjoyed them both a lot. They also had bottled selections (atleast I think so). They had a shelf up top that had Rouge dead guy, Brooklyn Lager, Anchor Porter, Omegang Hennepin and a few more that I can't seem to remember I think there were about 10-12 bottles in total. I'm not sure if they were available or just for decoration, I didn't think to ask. The food was decent and reasonably priced We got an order of wings, burger, Buffalo chicken sandwich, each upgraded to fries and sweet potato fries, and 3 beers. Including tip we spent $56, which I thought was pretty good. I'd certainly come back again if I were in the area. The only thing different is that I wouldn't sit by the bar on a cold day, other than that everything was great.
01-11-2010 15:25:19 |
More by AndyAvalanche
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been here a couple times and I have not been disappointed yet. Their prices are resonable to slightly pricy (9.50 for a burger) but the food is very good quality. The beers are outstanding for the most part. Especially the Dog tooth pale ale and the nut brown ale. I haven't had a beer here that I didn't like. The atmosphere is cool because the place is in an old building so you have the old architecture. The only knock on the place is that the service tends to run a little slow but its not that bad. I love the place and I will return as often as I can.
12-11-2009 14:20:08 |
More by Buckeyes67
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Visited en route to Binghamton on a Friday afternoon that coincided with the Italian Festival (at least it wasn't a Nascar weekend).
Atmosphere: We entered in the bar area and were greeted by a dark look, standing in contrast to the sun outside. A long bar on the left is surrounded by tables. Further past the bar was seating. We ponied up to a table in the bar area, right beside the unisex bathroom.
Quality: Average, truthfully I was a little let down with the overall package.
Service: Service was a bright spot, stopping by regularly, bringing me two samplers as I tried to figure out if I wanted a growler.
Selection: 7 Roosterfish brews and 6 or so guests were available. I tried the IPA and found it to be a little buttery upfront. It gradually improved (I didn't take notes for a review, sorry). My growler choices were a Matehari Hoppy Ale or Roosterfish Hefe. The hefe had an awkward aroma and the hoppy ale wasn't too hoppy. I left without a growler. Some of the guest taps looked good (yes, I'm talking to you Ommegang Abbey Ale).
Food: Overpriced. We split a mozzarella stick app, three little squares for $9 bucks. Boo to that. The menu was varied, so maybe there were more gems somewhere.
08-03-2009 13:23:02 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Went to the Crooked Rooster/Wild Flower Cafe on a Friday afternoon. The place was basically empty, the crooked roaster portion had a few folks in it but the restaurant was empty. We did come in around 4 so that is to be expected. Typical bar/restaurant set-up nothing fancy or goofy; clean. Nice little watering hole. The food was good, as well as the RoosterFish brews. I had a 12oz of their pale ale and a 4oz sample of their IPA, Blonde, Nut Brown, and Amber. All good, with the Nut Brown and the IPA standing out. I wanted to try their dunkelweisse but they were out. The service was good and quick, but again we were the only ones eating at the time. The server that brought out the sampler notified me which beer was which. I only looked at the RoosterFish brews so I am not certain what other beers that they had. They offer 6 RoosterFish brew so there should be a beer for all tastes. The menu reached acrossed the board; typical bar type apps, salads and soups, chicken & turkey, beef, seafood, and veggie (other). I had their buffalo wings and the philly chease steak, all of which were good. The wings were grilled then coated in a thin yet tasty buffalo sauce. I was a little disappointed that they didn't have any growlers available, as I had made my decision to get the Nut Brown. I then asked for a pint glass and they were out of those as well. Oh well, no growler, no pint, no dunkelweisse. Other than that an enjoyable experience.
11-08-2008 01:32:44 |
More by Gmann
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Aprilluvsbeer brought up the Watkins Glen State Park one afternoon and her visit there. I was interested. What sealed the deal was that there was also a brewpub in town. One of the most striking geographical features of the east coast AND a brewpub? How could I not go?
The building is located at the intersection of 14 and 3rd street. If you failed to turn at 14 off of third, you'd drive right into the place. It was a bit hard to find as the sign is small and they have neon lights for other beers up, so you may mistake it for just another bar. Any way, once inside, things went well. There's a bar up front and dinner in the back. The back room was rather sad. It looked like some college dorm that got decorated right after the poster fair came to town. I was displeased. Far in the back is their rather impressive and well labeled brewing equipment, so that made up for a bit. I only bring this up because the location, food and beer are all great, so why not round things off and make it all-around-awesome?
The food was quite good. The little lady got the Shebang burger, hold the onions, which wasn't the whole shebang now, was it? I alerted her to this semantic faux pas, but she was unimpressed. I got the chicken, NY state cheddar and apple sandwich that came with a mango and spicy mustard chutney. Holy crap, was that an amazing sandwich. Thinking about it now makes me a little bit dizzy.
The beer was also good. A number on the menu weren't available so we both with the brown ale. It was remarkably solid and ultimately drinkable.
Service was all right. I got the feeling that our server disappeared for some long stretches of time, but over all, she did her job well. I got the feeling that the servers had responsibilities other than waiting tables, so I won't hold it against them.
What can I say? It's a great place in a great location with good beer and excellent food.
08-29-2008 01:11:52 |
More by DarkerTheBetter
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went up to Watkins Glen and Seneca Lake a while back and made it a point to stop at Crooked Rooster/Roosterfish Brewery. Located on a downtown strip in a very tight niche of a place that gave a homey feel of the classic small American town. Being that my friend and I made up most of the customers that day due to our 3:00 lunch, we sat at the bar and ordered our beverages from there. Waitresses were pleasant and openly friendly, despite looking understandably bored at work when they weren't talking with us. We learned of a $2 Pint special of their Blonde Ale(!) and I had to get one seeing as that sort of price is unheard of for a microbrew. Also tried their IPA and one of their Newest Cocoa Porters. Needless to say the beers themselves were fresh and, naturally, quite delicious.
Food was simple, but delicious nonetheless. Very clean and attractively decorated place with friendly servers and brewers. Prices were quite reasonable and we left the bar happy men. After lunch/drinks we asked and were allowed to view the tanks, chatting a bit with the brewers themselves who were on a break. Equipment was smaller than I was used to seeing, but brewers were very friendly and eager to show off their equipment. Overall a very pleasant, worthwhile experience.
02-07-2008 18:40:21 |
More by foxmul924
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Had been wanting to go the Crooked Rooster for a while, and finally got the chance too, and taste of a few of their beers. Got in there around 3pm on a Thursday afternoon, and the place was dead, one other person besides my buddy and myself. Sat at the bar, nice stained wood bar, about 6 stools. They have an excellent $2 pint special for their blonde ale, which is awesome for a microbrew, I couldn't pass that up. As well I also tried their Cocoa Porter, which lived up to it's name, it was $2.75 for a 10 oz glass. I tried my buddy's IPA as well which like the others I tried there, was pretty good itself. The girl working the bar was very friendly, and knew a good amount about the beer. Food wise, I ordered their crab cake sandwich resonably priced at about $10, came with coleslaw and sweet potato fries, both good as well. The place was easy to find, right on the main drag of Watkins Glen. I will definitely be going back and would recommend it to anyone who is in Watkins Glen looking for good food and beer, along with great service.
01-25-2008 19:10:27 |
More by kevman527
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I drove a long way out to Watkins Glen one night. It was easy gettin's to, I just went out towards Corning and cut due north. It's a speedway town, whatever that means. And they've got a large state park with waterfalls and hiking trails along the crazy gorge cut from when the glaciers came through the year before last. I believe that fishing for Roosterfish is by permit only here, supposedly they serve it fresh at the brewpub in town...
Easy to find as they've got an old red English phone booth out front, plus I've mastered the whole street address numbers thing. 10 seat lipped "L" shaped pieced wood bar off to the right, with a large oval mirror center on a carved wood barback. Smaller mirrored pieces to both sides of center, tiered booze to one side, tequila and wines to the other. Glassware in cupboard shelving below and just beyond the end of the bar, a large very vintage frigidaire ice box (this bitch is like from the 20's, wooden doors on heavy hinges, absolutely sick). Slat wood floors, dark green painted walls over wood slat lower pieces, and a maroon pressed tin ceiling and wall trim. Drop green cone lamps above the bar, a mounted TV, ceiling fans & drop glass lamps. Rooster figurines on the overhang above the bar and the sills around the room along with a few dart trophies, art prints & brewery mirrors on the walls, and a dartboard in the back corner. Large panel windows opening in look over North Franklin Street. Nearly a half dozen tables, some raised bar style throughout the room and some adjacent bar counter space as well. A small rear room holds upwards of a dozen booths and tables; the booths on the walls and the tables in between, and the brewing equipment in a corral on the back wall. Red painted walls with some art prints over slat wood lowers.
This is the Roosterfish Pub. It seems they also own the space next door where they house the attached Wildflower Café; access just off the front entranceway through a cut through. There's a small 5 seat straight wood bar on the inside wall, with a vintage Bevador cooler in the front corner. In case you've never seen one, it's a giant snub bottle shaped glass front cooler with shelves standing about 6 feet high. I think they're from the late 30's, I saw one at Adobe Blues in Staten Island once ago. A pair of tables in the front window, 4 booths on the wall running opposite the length of the bar, and a seating area to the rear holding 10 booths and tables. Mostly brick walls front and back except for some deep pink/red painted walls, and a blue pressed tin ceiling here.
Meanwhile, back around to the Roosterfish side, 12 taps on a single tower wood encasement on the bar. 6 house taps and 6 guest taps (Ithaca Hopzilla, Guinness, Bass, Yuengling, Labatt's Blue & Miller Light). Beers were available in 10 ounce shortys, 16 ounce pints, 23 ounce tall mugs, and sampler glasses for $1.25 each. I opted to... you know. The Firehouse Blonde had a slight bitterness; the Mysterious Amber was malty, with caramel and toffee flavors; the Hefeweizen, unfiltered, banana, clove, nice; the Dogtooth Pale Ale had a pleasant hoppiness; the Hop Warrior Impy IPA was well assertive, 90 IBU's, soming in at 7.6%; and the Roosterfish Dark Nut Brown Ale, roasty, chocolatey, deep brown, very nice. I liked the Nut Brown the best, but the Mysterious Amber & Hefe were also quite good.
Also some 2 dozen bottled beers, mostly macros but they've also got Anchor Steam & Porter, Yuengling Porter, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Saranac Pale Ale, Sam Adams, and Killians.
What? Yeah, I got my dinner on. I started with the nutty tuna salad; a dollop of tuna, pears, shaved roasted almonds, onions, celery, and cherry tomatoes over greens. Dollop, nothing, I got a mound of the kind albicore. It came with warm homemade ginger molasses sodabread, and it kicked ass. Moved on to the Jambalaya; chicken, sausage & shrimp, onion and peppers over rice. Also quite good.
Good tunes playing, and bartender Martha was wonderfully playful, oh, I'm just taking notes, don't mind me, and yeah, can I get a shorty of the Nut Brown? Good beers, very good meal. When in town speeding...
09-17-2007 02:41:20 |
More by slander
Roosterfish Brewing Co. in Watkins Glen, NY
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