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Roosterfish Brewing Co.
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery ]
303 N. Franklin St
phone: (607) 535-9797
Also home to Wildflower Café.
(Place added by: John)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
A group of four of us walked in here late in the afternoon on Saturday for dinner after I took my Harley around the Watkins Glen racetrack for a few laps (thats another story).
We decided to sit in a booth on the brewpub side as opposed to the Wildflower Cafe side, which has similar booths and tables. A bit dimly lit but enjoyed the view of the brewing equipment.
Not a huge selection of beer other than their own but understandable since they would rather you drink what they brew. Good selection of locally produced Finger Lakes area wine for those crazy non-beer drinkers. And enough variety of food to satisfy most.
Our waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable in both the food and drinks on the menu. I opted for the flight rack with only five 4oz samples instead of the full eight. C'mon I was only on two wheels that day. Without writing full reviews on 4oz samples, I will say the darker brews were much better than the lighter ones. Esp the Nut Brown and Coffee Stout.
For food I had the Jambalaya which was very good.
Overall I'd say this place is worth a little extra drive if in the area and would def recommend to anyone.
07-12-2011 00:23:18 |
More by psycle
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
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
My wife, brother, and sister-in-law stayed at a motel last week a few blocks away from Roosterfish, as our goal was to make a weekend out of the Seneca Lake Wineries (though really you could make a much longer stint out of it, as there are so many). However, I realized fortuitously the first night that we were so close to Roosterfish, and I'd liked their Hop Warrior when I had it a while back.
What I like is that they make everything in-house, and all the equipment's there right in front of you. Toward the back, we sat at a booth that led to a room with all the barley and everything, and the tanks were right next to us. I really like that about a place, so this was cool for me.
It's not the biggest place in the world, but that's also nice in some way. Toward the front, there were no windows but open space, unless they roll them down for the summer as far as the plastic coverings, or whatever you call them. There aren't a ton of seats at the bar, but there's enough seating if you want to go and have a beer.
Our waiter was friendly and attentive, and answered all of our questions about the beer without missing a beat.
The food was great too. I just got a wrap and onion rings, and my wife got some potato rosemary soup that I thought was definitely above average.
I'm pretty sure this'll be a must-stop once we go back to the wineries, which hopefully won't be later than spring 2011.
09-01-2010 16:20:57 |
More by asabreed
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
June 30th, 2010
Lunch w/The Sawyers
Stopped by here for lunch after the CMAC Phish show. A nice mellow family atmosphere. A very artsy vibe, except for some oddly placed stock photos.
We ordered the sampler which came in a really cool well labeled rack, see it here-> http://twitpic.com/2313qz Breweries should take notice of this, one thing i hate is guessing which beer I'm drinking when I order a sampler. Roosterfish offers an impressive variety of solid beers.
My memory is hazy on the food, but I do remember loving the corn fritters. I also remember leaving for and satisfied. No complaints from my companions.
One of the best things about this place is that is right down the street from the amazing Watkins Glen State Park. Makes for an awesome afternoon of drinking and hiking. Highly recommended. If you visit the Finger Lakes Region this is a must stop.
07-17-2010 19:32:33 |
More by beerphan
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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: 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 | 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: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been here a couple times and I have not been disappointed yet. Their prices are resonable to slightly pricy (9.50 for a burger) but the food is very good quality. The beers are outstanding for the most part. Especially the Dog tooth pale ale and the nut brown ale. I haven't had a beer here that I didn't like. The atmosphere is cool because the place is in an old building so you have the old architecture. The only knock on the place is that the service tends to run a little slow but its not that bad. I love the place and I will return as often as I can.
12-11-2009 14:20:08 |
More by Buckeyes67
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Arrived at the brewpub for a late lunch/early dinner during the week. Very few others were in the building...save for a number of servers and bartenders. This is located on a tiny main street, very quaint and captures that small town feel perfectly.
You enter into the main bar area...we sat in a booth in the next room, behind the bar room. The booths remind me of large church pews...highly polished dark wood...which fit in perfectly with the modern "irish pub" feel.
The menu is decent with a few unique items. The beer menu is right in line with that of any brewpub. Our waitress was friendly and offered her opinions when asked.
Very happy to have picked out this place as one of our stops while driving through NY. Good food and beer and in an awesome setting.
02-06-2011 19:57:29 |
More by mgbickel
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went there for a late lunch after mrmarmot dragged me all over the southern tier just to get fingerprinted.
Fist off, when we went in, the brewery side was closed so we were limited to the Wildflower Cafe side. It had a bar and a decent amount of places to sit. There were only a handful of people at the time.
We were seated right away and promptly offered something to drink. Both mrmarmot and I got a flight - mine included every beer they had on tap at the time which was:
Imperial Coffee Stout
Nut Brown Ale
Hop Warrior Imperial IPA
Mysterious Amber Ale
Dogtooth Pale Ale
(You can see a picture of my flight here: https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/-JCu20S0tzZDQV_MRcW5WQ?feat=directlink)
Now onto the food. Mrmarmot and I both got the burger that was the special which was a big burger (1/2 pound?) with hickory smoked bacon, bleu cheese, carmelized onions on a whole wheat bun. Absolutely DELICOUS!! I also got the shoestring onion rings which were also good, although a tad salty.
Overall, this is an excellent establishment that I will make sure I visit many more times.
04-21-2011 20:19:19 |
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