Our Favorite Breweries Along Seneca Lake, New York

So I shared with you all the amazing wineries we hit up, during our vacation at Seneca Lake, but I left out all the breweries we loved! I wanted to save all those for today’s blog post!

The wineries and breweries we visited during our trip were all so spectacular. The sips and eats were delicious and just look at that view!

I don’t hate it!

Not a bad place to set up shop and run a business. At least not in the summer – winter might be another story, but you’d have enough wine + beer, so it would be fine right?!

Ok – back to our trip!


First up we hit up Two Goats Brewery – it was actually less than 2 miles from where we were staying and it came highly recommended. Again, look at that view.

Charles and I shared some beers that we wanted to try and enjoyed the scenery. This place we knew ahead of time was on the smaller side so we left the littles at home and enjoyed the quiet.

The boys would have gone nuts over the bar trick the bartenders do that gets the $1 bills stuck on the ceiling. They told me they have a big party when the ceiling gets too full, pull it all down and donate it to a local charity – cool, right?

The other cool thing about Two Goats is they only have one thing on the menu.

Beef on Weck. 

I’m pretty sure you should stop whatever it is you are doing right now and go there to eat this sandwich.

It will change your life! You can thank me later.


Next up on our tour was a brewery on the opposite side of Seneca Lake – Climbing Bines – which is a craft ale brewery and hop farm! They are actually one of New York State’s first Farm breweries, which is pretty cool!

Climbing Bines grows their own hops and barley, right on sight! Which was really cool to see, fun to take pictures of and the boys loved racing down the lanes – something for everyone!

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Charles and I enjoyed a little tasting of the brews while the boys raced up and down the lanes. It was a nice way for them to get their energy out and entertain each other while we enjoyed the views!

Climbing Bines had a bunch of beers on tap and a great space outside and inside for people to relax and enjoy themselves.

Brooks got comfortable under the bar – whatever works!

Everyone who does a tasting at Climbing Bines also gets a little tasting glass as a souvenir – with is really cute!


A super family friendly spot that is different from all the rest – if you are in the Seneca Lake area, add this to your list! The hops farm is super cool!



Back to our side of Seneca Lake – a favorite restaurant + brewery we hit up twice during our vacation – Grist Iron Brewery.

This place is gorgeous, massive, seems brand new and the beers + food is EXCELLENT.

Tons of space for the kids to roam around and be safe, games outside to play, live music and a great selection of beers to try – I tested a few and they were all very delicious!

And again, a pretty sick view!

Because of proximity, solid food + drinks and space for the kids, we hit up Grist Iron twice and loved it each time.


How crazy is this bathroom sign? Had to share!



Next up on our travels – Lucky Hare Brewing!

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This place is really different because the family that owns it turned their farm house into the brewery + bar! It’s defiantly on the smaller side, but it has a unique vibe and because it legit was a home, its super home-y! Ha!

Charles liked these beers a TON!



This time we made our way to a whole different Finger Lake – Keuka – to stop at Abandon Brewing Co. 


Charles was dying to try this place out all week, but it was a little bit of a drive from Seneca – we weren’t sure if we were going to make it happen with the kids, but we totally did and it was worth it because {we think!} it was some of the best beers up there!


This place was in a old barn, so on the smaller side, but a really cool vibe. Graham found a game and entertained himself for a while, looking oh so cute in the corner. The concentration and determination with this kid is insane!


Oh look – Lake Keuka!


In summary – some of our favorite beers of the trip {and we tried A LOT} of beers!



Next up – Wagner Brewing Co. which is also Wagner Vineyards – so if you like wine and your husband likes beer {or vice versa!} this is the place for you. This place is HUGE! Massive! So I’m assuming it does well – between the brewery, vineyards and a separate restaurant by the same owners – it seems like it!

The beers were good at this spot, but the view was better!



Another spot worth mentioning that we hit up after a hike one day is Rooster Fish Brewing Co. This place is cool because its actually in downtown Watkins Glen – has a nice little bar/restaurant area with good food, and I really enjoyed the beers here too! Definitely a good place to stop at if you are down in the Watkins Glen area!



And finally, the first place we stopped at when we arrived in Watkins Glen on our first day was the Village Marina – which is a restaurant right on the lake. It had outdoor games for the kids, great views of the boats and the lake, outside seats and some really great New York local beer options, which is why I wanted to add this to the list! A nice local spot to check out!

Wow! This was a LONG post and totally wore me out writing it!

I think I need a beer!

Cheers to all the fun + delicious brewery options in Seneca Lake!

Have you been to any of the breweries + wineries in the area? I’d love to hear your favorite!

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  • Reply Patty August 18, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Great Recap, it was loads of fun!

  • Reply Tom October 5, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Nice write up. Glad you enjoyed yourself in the Finger Lake. I live here and wish we had a Reading Terminal Market! Cheers.

  • Reply Cheyenne July 10, 2020 at 11:30 am

    I’m so excited to go! Do you have recommendations of where to stay in Finger Lakes?

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