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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Finger Lakes Beer Trail Brings Happy Travelers to Rogues' Harbor Brewing

Finger Lakes Beer Trail leads right to our door at the Rogues' Harbor Inn (#20)
So here we are again carrying on about brewing our own craft ales. We love, love, love brewing and appreciating well crafted beer so much that we just can't seem to shut up about it. The Finger Lakes Beer Trail shares our passion along with their 24 brew pub/ microbrewery members. It's a wonderful thing to have a map that will lead you to every brewer in the Finger Lakes area. Beer lovers can find even the most out of the way places...like us.
The Ithaca area is quickly developing their own craft brew scene, and it's looking and tasting pretty good. Within just 30 minutes of the Rogues' Harbor Inn, Restaurant and Microbrewery there are six really good places to visit, hoist a pint or two and talk beer, maybe grab a bite, or even stay the night! The first in the area was the Ithaca Beer Company. We pour a few of their brews here at Rogues'. I think their Flower Power is my favorite. Next in Ithaca was The Scale House. They serve pizza and beer. It's hard to go wrong with pizza and beer. Next on the scene and my personal favorite is Band Wagon Brew Pub. They craft some truly innovative brews and the food is A+. Then we happened along last year in 2011. We brew three signature, food friendly ales: Cayuga Cream Ale, Route 34 Red Ale, and East Shore Pale Ale along with a Brewer's Choice. Our Brewer's Choice is whatever our Brew Guru wants to brew and it's usually an out of the ordinary ale. We post the pouring schedule on our web site. The next up is a Black IPA which should pour sometime around the 23rd of April. We offer pairing suggestions on our dinner menu for pints and wine alike, so you can grab a bite and see how you like our humble suggestions. Cortland Beer Company expanded their brewery in 2011 and we sometimes pour their Industrial IPA. It's seriously good, uber hoppy. The newest brewery in the area is Bacchus Brewing in Dryden. We are currently pouring their Belgian Blonde. We like it; we like it a lot. A couple more good brew stops within 30 minutes of Ithaca and the Rogues' Harbor Inn are: Two Goats Brewing in Hector and Roosterfish Brewing in Watkins Glen. If you're heading over that way, you should definitely plan on stopping at Finger Lakes Distilling. Hands down the smoothest rye on earth (Mckenzie Rye).
It makes our day to see happy faces from near and far enjoying our craft brewed ales here at Rogues' and knowing that they are following the Finger Lakes Beer Trail right to our door. We even have a lot of overnight guests that stay with us because they love that we brew our own beer. Our own Finger Lakes cuisine, our own craft brewed ales and elegant lodging in a National Historic Landmark, it's an uncommon combination.
Life is too short to drink cheap beer...so follow The Finger Lakes Beer Trail it leads to the best stuff (us!) .