A Guide to Breweries in the Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes is known for its wineries, but did you know the region has over 50 breweries? Here are a few of our favorites.


  • Grist Iron Brewery (Burdett) - This place has live music and great ambiance. Try the vanilla porter.

  • Two Goats Brewery (Burdett) - This solar-powered brewery occupies a 19th century barn overlooking Seneca Lake. They serve one dish - roast beef sandwich. They’re that cool.

  • Scale House Brewery (Ithaca) - They serve a mean pizza topped with housemade mozzarella cheese. The beer is average.

  • Lucky Hare Brewing Company (Hector) - In addition to delicious beer, they serve fantastic Mexican food, specializing in Oaxacan dishes.

  • Lost Kingdom Brewery and Firehouse Distillery (Ovid) - Located in a renovated firehouse on Main Street in Ovid, you can sample local beers, wines and spirits here.

  • Boathouse Beer Garden (Romulus) - Enjoy a flight of beers, a charcuterie board, and a stunning view of Cayuga Lake.

  • Ithaca Brewery (Ithaca) - They have a wide selection of really good beer, plus a lovely beer garden in the summer.

  • Rooster Fish Brewing Pub (Watkins Glen) - Grab a table in the beer garden and order a flight of their craft ales made with locally grown farm products.

  • Heavily Brewing Co. (Montour Falls) - Located in a converted dairy barn, this small batch brewer also offers grilled reuben sandwiches and behind-the-scenes tours.


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