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Active Beers: 12
Beer Ratings: 573
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
9322 Route 414
phone: (607) 582-6450
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Reviews by AndyAvalanche:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
My wife and I were on our 1 year anniversary and decided to goto the Finger Lake region and test out some wineries in the area. Fortunatly there were a couple of places to get some beer as well and this was one of them. We hit up about 7 wineries on our last day and Wagner was one of them. I was really excited because I finally got to try some beer. We got these wine passports so we got free tastings for several select places and this was one of them. Since it was the "off season" just about every place we went to let us try a few extra things, including Wagner. She got to try the wine first, then we went back to the brewery section. They didn't ahave a huge selection, but something in every category. They only thing they currently didn't have on tap was the maple porter (which I was really looking forward to). He let me try everything else, including the Triplebock which is generally a couple of bucks extra. I tended to like the darker beers (as usual). The wheat beers were pretty decent, but in January I wasn't really in the mood. I really liked their Lager, dopple bock, and oatmeal stout. There IPA was actually very excellent as well. I decided to leave with a mix a six pack which came to $10 and my wife got a bottle of wine. I was debating on getting the 750ML bottle of the Triplebock but couldn't justify the money for it, plus we were coming back with so much wine as it was, it would have been difficult to store for the ride home. The beer was a little pricy, but standard for quality craft beer. If I lived in the area I'd likely get some of their products regularly. I'd reccommend getting a trip up there in the off season, it's much more 1-to-1 attention. The staff was really friendly and helpful. He was also knowledgeable about beer, but very curious on how the craft beer scene was in the MA area and wanted to learn about other styles. I really enjoyed it and would certainly do another tasting there and get some more beer, especially a crack at that Maple Porter.
02-01-2010 03:58:03 |
More by AndyAvalanche
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vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Nice rustic style brewery on Seneca Lake in Lodi, NY. Great selection of beers, a little something for everyone. Gotta get there early for tastings because it gets busy really quick. They also have vineyards and a winery there as well. Highly recommended.
02-24-2013 21:44:26 |
More by CountryRock2001
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
It almost sounds like damning with faint praise, and to be fair I did not sample the wine (not a wine drinker) but the best thing I had to drink there was the root beer. Seriously. It's unbelievable and I'd have gladly picked up two or three bottles or six packs if that were possible. Sadly the only way to leave Wagner with it would have been to purchase a growler, and that'd push the price of it to $12 for roughly 2 liters of soda. Yikes.
The grounds are very pretty and there's a lovely view of Seneca Lake. It's a bit odd finding your way around though, and the inside route to the brewery portion of the business was through a pretty nondescript hall, making me think we'd gone into some employees only area.
Service was pretty much what you'd expect in the brewery and in the adjacent restaurant. Someone forgot our app and we had to remind the waiter. No biggie. Food was very good and the menu lists wine and beer pairings for various meals, which was helpful.
The beer is kind of hit or miss, with a couple of good brews but some others that have odd notes or textures. The Sled Dog dopplebock lacked the oomph I'd expect from that style, and the Mill Street Pilsner was chewier and heavier than the typical pils. I'd definitely recommend the Cayman Station oatmeal stout though.
10-18-2012 21:52:59 |
More by DirtyPenny
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
Stopped in with a few friends while we were in nearby Ithaca for a wedding.
We checked out the deck, but then stood at the bar to do a beer flight tasting.
The building is pretty nice. Like a lot of the wineries in the area, it has a big deck and a big yard overlooking the Lake. There's also a small bottle shop so you can get some to go, and they do growlers as well.
The beer was fine. We got to try everything they had on tap (plus the root beer) for $3.50, which was a great price. Oddly the bartender poured each taste one at a time, and waited until we were dont before pouring the next. Maybe this is the influence of being in a wine region? My favorite was the triple boch, which was actually a solid beer.
Worth a quick stop if you're looking for some beer in Ithaca. I think Two Goats down the street has a more unique and beer-centric atmosphere.
08-02-2012 12:26:04 |
More by shivtim
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
part of a winery operation, so a lot of the beers are kind of run of the mill offerings, beer for wine people. however, a couple of their beers are outstanding, especially the sugarhouse maple porter. the atmosphere here is great, sit out on a big open deck overlooking the grapes and the lake. summer days could pass by like minutes out there. apparently music at night too. service at the brewery is a bit bogus, always croded and understaffed. food available next door for a premium wine crowd price, but it is quite good, with much better service, and the beers come in generous sample flights. you cant beat this place in the summer. they fill growlers and have a cooler full of bottled beers too, the beer is getting better and better too!
01-31-2012 01:20:18 |
More by StonedTrippin
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I stopped at this place for just a few minutes with my buddy when I was u around the fingerlakes. This place was clearly much more of a winery than a brewery, but it's beers weren't too bad at all. They were nothing stunning, but they were good. We had the tasting of all their brews and then we each had one pint, I think I had the Doppelbock but I can't remember. The best part about this place was the location. The vineyards surrounding it are just lovely and the lake right in the background is great. The folks working the bar area were nice and chatty as well, and they didn't seem to care about much of anything. They were very laid back and funny. There was some lady in there that was joking around with the bartender and she obviously didn't like beer, or hops, for that matter. He had her trying all these things and she was having horrific reactions to them. It was quite humorous.
If you are in the area check it, but I wouldn't seek it out like a pilgrimage or anything. But a cool place.
12-14-2011 00:47:19 |
More by jifigz
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Was here for a wedding. How can you beat this atmosphere? Great lakefront view with plenty of water, trees and other vineyards to look out upon. They've got a great selection of quality beers and the prices are very reasonable. The food even took me for surprise, as it was served buffet style but tasted as good as any individual plate. Some kind of alfredo chicken that was very tender.
The bartender was great, he knew the beers very well and was able to describe them in a way that I would expect from somebody who works at a brewery/vineyard.
I wish I could remember each beer well enough to review them, but I left very impressed. My favorites were the dopplebock, IPA and the oatmeal stout. The maple stout was good as well. This is a place that I hope I may be able to go back to.
08-21-2011 20:03:11 |
More by mjw06
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
Stopped by Wagner Valley Brewery more for the wine, imagine my surprise when I found out they brewed beer too! The building I was in was a massive gift shop, with everything you could imagine, and then some. If you wind your way back, you can get to the tasting room, which has brewing equipment around it. The older gentleman that helped me was extremely helpful, and had a killer sense of humor to boot. I did a sample of all the beers they had ($1.50/per), and the Tripel was my favorite. All the beers were good though, and I enjoyed all of them. I ended up buying 3 750's of the tripel, 2008, 2009, 2010 for about $50. I did not try the food, so I can't comment on that. If you're in the Finger Lakes region, definitely make a stop at Wagner Valley- it's worth it.
08-02-2011 14:26:12 |
More by jayhawk73
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Cruising the Finger Lakes before heading towards Cooperstown.
Atmosphere: Wagner Valley is principally two buildings, the Ginny Lee Cafe and the Store. Brewing equipment and winery functions, along with tasting bars are in the Store. The campus sits on Lake Seneca, maybe a half mile to a mile of vineyards between the shores and the site. Gorgeous views, as you'd expect.
Quality: Friendly staff, greeters aplenty, clean facilities, reasonable prices.
Service: There were at least 4 greeters/cashiers hovering near the entrance. We were here on a Friday, so the big crush was still one day away. Barstaff was friendly.
Selection: 8-10 house beers on tap. The sampling room, assuming you went all in, cost $1.50 to taste all (including the trippelbock). The maple porter and IPA were standouts for me. They do not, as is par for all the breweries we visited, grow their own hops. Seems funny, don't you think?
Food: We passed on food, enjoying instead the beer and views.
Beer and wine are both available to go in six packs, single bottles and growlers (six packs and growlers refer to beer only, dummies).
08-02-2010 17:47:34 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Go for the view, stay for the wine and beer. This place has one of the best views of the lake. A massive deck overlooks Lake Seneca. I can't speak for their wine because I didn't get a chance to partake, but I can speak for the beer. Just $1 to partake in the beer tasting, where you get about 9 different beers. Once your done tasting you can purchase pints, samplers, growlers etc. Purchased a growler of Hefe and also IPA. The store is also very nice and has plenty of wine alcohol related junk.
There's a cafe restaurant in the building right next to the winery. They appeared to offer deck seating overlooking the lake. This was one of the nicer and busiest wineries that we visited during our trip to the finger lakes region.
I picked up a growler of IPA for a co-worker and and growler of Hefe for myself. The hefe was apparently just tapped, as it was the beginning of their summer season. This place was pretty busy, but you can't beat the $1 for the beer sampler. There were 8 - 9 beers on tap and each one of them was well done.
If you are touring the Finger Lakes region of NY, I would definitely make a stop at this place and check out their beers and wines if you so fancy.
06-01-2010 23:47:17 |
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