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Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 4
Beer Ratings: 122
Beer Avg: 3.21
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Brewery, Eatery ]
212 West Main Street
phone: (315) 646-2739
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Reviews by soju6:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
The brewpub s in a neat location on the bay. It's great to sit out on the patio when the weather allows. They normally have 7-8 bers on tap at the brewpub. They do serve a sampler plater if you want to try what is currently on tap. However, with the exception of the 1812 Amber, the brews tend to rotate. Along with the 1812 Amber, the St. Stephens Stout was quite good. The Steamroller Ale (IPA?) I had was more of a Pale Ale. The food is quite good although the price seems a tad high, but that probably is due to the seasonal tourists. Worth a stop if your in the Watertown, NY area.
10-28-2010 19:02:56 |
More by soju6
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5 | $$$
My mother's family is from the area around Sackets Harbor, and we currently own a cottage on the lake about 15 minutes away. Having been there several times over my life, we finally decided to eat there one day. Decent atmosphere, somewhere between a typical small pub and a early 19th century house (which is common for the town). Food was interesting, definitely not what you'd expect from the type of establishment. Service was good, the food itself was fair enough, but not for the price paid. If you're in or around Sackets, its worth a stop, but that's about it. There are better places to eat and with better atmosphere than this in the area.
Note: If you are looking to see a brewery, set yourself up for disappointment. From my understanding the beer is not brewed there at all, but brewed in another location (Rochester or some place) at a unrelated brewery and then shipped there.
03-08-2013 02:16:21 |
More by Mumps
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
A curious little place. Perched along the harbor, this place has a wonderful view and a good atmosphere. There is a dark, comfy, old-timey looking bar and a pleasant dining room with wide windows and a small outdoor deck near the water.
The menu is, well, curious. It aims for high end, with lots of gourmet-ish dishes that seem strangely out of place in a brewpub. None of the usual sandwiches and burgers. This may sound refreshing, but in reality it turns out to be a weird choice. One customer at a nearby table even asked for a burger when we were there and the waitress turned him down. This might work if the food was executed well, but it is quite up and down. The quality of ingredients is average and the execution just seems to fall short of their ambitions (and sometimes their knowledge - the "steak panzanella" is not even remotely a panzanella).
The beer is good but not great. The Grant's Golden is probably the best of the lineup, but the 1812 ambers (there are two) are pretty good. But the Red Ale is dead flat (in flavor if not in carbonation) and unappealing and the pale ale has a strange burned tobacco character that would be, at best, an acquired taste.
This place is worth a visit if you're in Sacket's Harbor (which is a surprisingly charming town) or Watertown, but it is not one to travel a long way for.
04-19-2010 13:33:06 |
More by Seanibus
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Running one night from Syracuse to Rochester, I thought I'd take a slight detour north to have a look at the brew scene there. Two brewpubs, but ones on a military reservation and, I don't know, having a few beers and waking up, you know, enlisted, I'm thinking I'll start with the other. So I took the drive to Sackets Harbor and would've gotten bagged by Mr. Sheriff man just at the foot of the 30 mph village speed limit sign had my spidey senses not been tinglin'. An omen, me thinks, to just stay here. Probably just as well as I'm going to have to backtrack down an hour and head another hour west yet...
Located right on Lake Ontario in an old railroad station, a neatly framed and trimmed building in deep red & dark green. Entering through their lobby area, they've got model ships displayed, a small dining room straight ahead and the bar off to the right. I wanted a spot where I could watch for the sneaky goddamn British, but the bar side is on the far side so I had to get up every so often to check instead. An "L" shaped wood bar with a slight lip and copper rail seats about a dozen. The bar back wall holds a long center logo'd board listing tap selections. To both sides, large mirrors over tiered booze on the counters and shelved glassware below. A single shelf sits over each mirror; one with a jug & steins, the other with a large model ship. Brewery logo pieces up above, house pub signage and mirrors on the walls, a framed world beer championship award, and "Tonight's Specials", on a big board over there. The whole room runs wood slat walls ¾ of the way up, and then the last ¼ and ceilings are done the same but with a darker stain. Wider wood plank floors, drop lanterny lamps over the bar, spinning fans on center chandeliers & track spots throughout. Large flatscreens above the 4 bar counter tables off the wall behind me, and in the corners over the 2 raised roundies near the front wall door & side windows looking over the brewroom; mash tun and ferementers, hello. Just now, we're watching the Yankees game in reverse, on the flatscreens behind us, through the large mirrors in front of us, if you know what I mean. I can deal with everyone being a lefty, but the sliding into home from the 1st base side is just freaky.
Oops, almost forgot, I'm on sneaky goddamn British watch. Through to a small dining room to the rear with big windows overlooking the choppy choppy lake, and it's growing darker. Storm's a-coming. 3 booths and 10 tables, pressed tin ceiling, and framed black & white pics of town. More seating outside in a front pen near the entranceway with a dozen tables, and a lower deck with seating right up on the water's edge.
Meanwhile, back at the bar, 2 arched towers of 4 taps a piece on each end of the bar over stainless steel panels. 7 taps and a root beer currently on, served on sampler in a toy truck tray of sorts, it's kind of cool. The 1812 Light, their Kolsch, was crisp, had a nice spicy hoppiness; the 1812 Amber, malty, hoppy citrusy, better than I remember it being; St. Stephen's Stout, nitro pour, oaty, some coffee, smooth, medium bodied; the Pillar Point Porter, something burnt and not in a good way, better as it warmed, but still not in a good way; the Railroad Red, deep malty, almost fruity, quite good; the Barstool Bitter, thought it was rather bland up front, but was bitter on the end, crisp; the Scotch Ale, kind of band-aidy, yes, smokey, yes. I liked the 1812 Light, 1812 Amber and Railroad Red the best.
And din, 'cause in my travels on the road all day, I missed lunch again, duh. They gave me a chunk of hot bread up front, which is always nice. I started with the seared Ahi tuna app with Edamame salad, and then the braised short rib entrée with mushroom ragout & cabernet, dealt with Gorgonzola polenta & rosemary gremolata. The Ahi app didn't seem terribly fresh and the short ribs were a bit gamey, both okay at best.
Service was pleasant enough though. I caught "train the new girl day"; she did just fine. And the beers were pretty good, except for that porter, eesh. Still, I'm sure I did better here than I would've at the place on the base just east of here some. And, um, take it slow as you head out of town.
06-17-2008 03:05:14 |
More by slander
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
As a former high school student in Watertown next door, I've known about this place since it opend in the mid 90's when most people had no clue what was a "micro brew" much less a brewery. Now, more than ten years later and many awards, they have hit full stride. Right now the new ones are thier Bitter and Porter. The Rail Road Red is always considered a seasonal. I usually go for the Stoudt and of course order a root beer with Captain's for the lass en tow with me. For some reason, they don't have many growlers for sale and no caps if you bring in a refill but the price is still quite reasonable. Very Western theme with the saloon style hanging doors inside and a beautiful classy dining room overlooking the Harbor and Lake Ontario. The food is top notch and somewhat pricey, but you will be impressed with their chef. Bands plays on weekends and you see beer geeks, locals and Officers and NCO's from the barracks on hand as well. They are like a beauty parlor and are closed on Monday's. I look fwd to the brewmaster making a heffe, dunkle or a stronger wheat. A Belgian would be a nice upgrade but I'm not complaining.
03-27-2008 20:03:47 |
More by Brianmerrilyn
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
A friend and I decided to take a trip up to Sackets Harbor from Syracuse the weekend of New Years, so needless to say it was a snowy trip. I've had their Pale ale and 1812 Amber and wasn't blown away, but I still wanted to see what else they had to offer. Knowing this was a brewpub we planned on eating there as well. Being the middle of winter the small town on the lake was very quiet. We pulled into the parking lot thinking they were closed because we were one of two cars there. Needless to say we still ventured in because of our thirst for beer. It was dark but pleasant, my kind of place. The bartender was pleasing to the eye and she was very knowledgable of the brews on tap. She was very liberal on allowing us tastings which was great of course. They had about 8 of their own brews on tap (1812, 1000 Island Pale, Railroad Red, Lake Effect Lager, Cherry Wheat, Nitro Stout, and their Winter seasonal just to name a few). Next up was the food and I wasn't expecting anything extraordinary, but boy was it. The food here was above and beyond pub food. I had a crusted salmon which was unreal. I was more than pleased with the food upon departure but a bit disappointed with the brews. If you happen to be in the area and want amazing food with a decent selection of beer, definitely make the stop.
01-25-2007 02:25:54 |
More by BeerTruth
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Sackets Harbor Brewing is a good restaurant and brewpub in a great location. For a small Northern New York village this town packs it all in. There are lots of little restaurants with lots of bars and even a comedy club. The restaurant in the brew pub is very nice with a good wine list and great food. Some of the Servers act like their crap doesnt stink though. Most of the bartenders are pretty cool so the bar alone makes it worth the visit. It is usually packed at night and I have never seen a bad band there. They have this guy who is a regular there. He is like a one man band but he is freakin awesome. Their most famous and popular beer is 1812. It is a great beer and if dont like it dont tell the locals. They also have a great selection of beers and not just the ones they brew. If come to Sackets you better make sure you have a designated driver. Cabs are hard to come by and the cops do not mess around. They know it is a bar town. If you are looking for a souvenir glass they are hard to come by and are hardly ever in stock.
12-28-2006 17:16:03 |
More by MTNboy
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Sackets Harbor Brewing Company is located on the water in the tourist district. The restaurant has waterside seating. The bar is fairly small, high ceilinged and darkly paneled; a very comfortable place to drink. They have a 10-barrel system with four fermenters adjacent to the bar. The bar food was a little pricy, but good and plenty. Eight beers were on tap. All of the beers were tasty if not particularly true to style. Their Scotch Octoberfest is a Scotch-stlye beer made with German ingredients.
08-30-2006 01:09:42 |
More by foamee
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Cheers: No crap here, Blue, Bud, or otherwise. Just house brews on. Finally a brewpub that does this. Buck a beer on Thurs after 4:30. Tons of locals stopping by after a hard day of working, some of them looking like they had just woken up. A true local joint, just dont look like a freaking tourist or some rich prick/snob. Make sure you tip well, dammit. I described my Steam beer as some good shit which was met with a fuckin A. Bartender talked to us a regs, which I appreciated. Everyone here likes the Bills. Bathroom contains Sacketts slogans encouraging to to booze it up after loosing your cookies in the potty. The War of 1812 motif makes you want to invade some country after a round or six. Quebec is a short swim away, lets go boys.
Jeers: Apparently only some of the beers were a buck, of course not the ones we were drinking. 2 middle aged tourist geeks in fishing shirts and cargo kakis came in and inquired about Bud or Bud Light. One of them wanted a "full flavor beer." And to think that I asked this freak if he had enough room as he sat at the bar. I had to scrub the deamons away in the harbor after that experiance. BTW, he drank his pint rather quickly and seemed amazed that it actually had a palatable taste. I really wanted to party it up here, but I had to drive to Old Forge and didn't have any extra money for a growler to go.
08-15-2005 19:17:10 |
More by wailingwench
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5
A waterfront jewel in a region without a lot of good waterfront brewpubs... well, heck, in a 100 mile radius, there's only two other brewpubs... the only thing that keeps the atmosphere from earning a 5 is the slight feeling of sterility in the main dining room: other than that, the deck and the pub side would earn a straight five. The pub has some TV's that are unnecessary, but is a comfy, dark-wood, dark atmosphere with label logos blown up to painting size.
All the beer choices are flavorful and worthy, having tried their light, pale and the 1812. The food was great, portion sizes were Canadian sized (you don't want to eat that much buttery and creamy sauces when beer tippling anyway.) Servers were tired when we got there (close to nine o'clock after a summer dinner rush) but were still game to do their best at answering questions, refilling water glasses and being efficient.
It's far away from a lot of anything else, especially since the Red Lion closed, but essentially worth the trip.
08-12-2004 17:14:33 |
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Sackets Harbor Brewing Co. in Sackets Harbor, NY