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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
9322 Route 414
phone: (607) 582-6450
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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Reviews by mikeys01:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
We visited Wagner Valley as the first (and for me most exciting since it was also a brewery) stop on a wine tour around Seneca Lake in Upstate NY. I must start off by saying that Wagner, like many of the vineyards/places around the lake, sits on a fantastic view, at the top of a slope overlooking the lake. Contained in one building are the winery and brewery, and another building houses a restaurant. Both the winery/brewery and the restaurant have huge outdoor decks overlooking the lake, perfect for enjoying a good beverage, some good food, and taking in the scenery and fresh country air. Its also my understanding that they have bands play on one of the decks occasionally on evenings during the summer.
Inside the building where it all happens, ample space is afforded to both the wine and beer tasting areas and youre free to roam about. There is a long tasting counter/bar in the style of a wine-tasting room, and room to spread out or grab a seat if you want. There were 6 or 7 beers on tap. Memorable and tasty beers at our visit included a Maple Porter, the Sled Dog Triple Bock, and a decent Wit. I believe there was a small (like $1) additional charge to sample the special beers like the triple bock. Samples were a bit on the small side, but the price was reasonable I felt, and pints could be had for a few bucks as well. Beers were all of decent to very good quality. Only drawback was that the bartender in the brewery tasting room seemed to have no/very little in depth knowledge of their beers; questions on malts, hops, or adjuncts used were met with blank stares, and no offer was made to seek the answers I thought. There were plenty of beers available for take out in six packs or champagne bottles for special beers. Overall, it was a good experience, enjoyable beer, great location, fun place to visit.
07-12-2005 01:38:01 |
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11-30-2013 08:49:04 |
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More by Wortman1998
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 |
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