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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Finally, Beer & Wine Tasting Flights at Rogues'

Rogues' Harbor Brewing Craft Beer Flight, A Beer Rainbow
We've always wanted to offer tasting flights at the Rogues' Harbor Inn. Recently, we've received many requests for tastes (instead of a pint or glass) of our own craft brews and of our generous selection of Finger Lakes' wine. So many requests that it inspired us to finally make that happen. FYI a flight is a small serving of a few or several beverages which have something in common, IE: beer, wine, bourbon, style, hoppiness, dryness, color, geography...
Since we now have four of our own craft ales on draught, we felt four was just right for a flight. So we serve a 4 oz taste of our Cayuga Cream Ale, Route 34 Ale, East Shore Pale Ale and Brewer's Choice (which changes every few weeks). We serve in mini mugs, nothing unbecoming for a proper brew, set on a labeled place mat for clarity. It's important to know what you're tasting and judging.
We decided to offer a Cayuga Lake wine flight as well. There are a lot of great wines to choose from in the Finger Lakes, but the ones closest to home are my favorites. They seem to receive the most attention on our list, too. Sometimes guests just don't have time to visit every winery that they would like, so we're here to help. We are serving 2 oz tastings of four Cayuga Lake wines: Treleaven Chardonnay, Sheldrake Point Riesling, Swedish Hill Cabernet Frank and Americana Baco Noir. Again, we are serving in a wine glass, nothing unbecoming for our favorite wines, placed on a labeled place mat. Judge at will.
While I was designing the flight place mats, I decided that simple was better. No pretentious tasting notes, advice or cutsie graphics. It's all about the beer and wine. It stands alone. Chris, our brewer, agreed. He said, "Its thumbs up or thumbs down." Either you like it or you don't; it's that simple.
We do list tasting notes on our web site for our brews and we're happy to offer advice if needed on both our beer or any Finger Lakes wine. But, just try it. We think you'll like all four tastings offered on the flights. Here in the heart of the Finger Lakes, four just might be your lucky number.