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Thursday, December 26, 2013

New Years Eve 2103 at the Rogues' Harbor Inn, Ithaca, NY

Another year has flown by and New Year's Eve is upon us. Ring in the new year in a place that has seen more than a few (183 to be exact). We celebrate by honoring our B&B winter weekday rate of $109, offering some nicely priced dinner features in the restaurant along with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight in our pub. Our wish  for you is a new year filled with peace, health & happiness. 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Eve at the Rogues' Harbor Inn 2013

Christmas Eve is my favorite night of the year at Rogues'. Everyone seems to know each other. It's all well wishes and smiles. Such a wonderful evening to enjoy the fire light, friendly faces and winter holiday inspired fare. We always feature some special offerings for the night and this year is no different.  We even have a seasonal craft brew- our latest Brewer's Choice, Stout's Rye Stout
We'll be serving from 5 -  8 pm and then we're off to spend the evening with our families. Here are the features we're serving along with our winter dinner menu. Happy Holidays from everyone here at Rogues'.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Ithaca Restaurant Week November 30 - December 7, 2013 at Rogues'

Ithaca Restaurant week begins this Saturday, November 30. We love this week. It's a chance to say thank you to all our guests with a great deal and some imaginative offerings. We'll be offering 4 courses for $24 and each course will be locally sourced and globally inspired as always, but with a new twist. Since we have our own microbrewery, we've decided to add a beer component to each course, ale infused. Dessert was a challenge, but Chocolate Guinness cake is going to be a the 4th course and it's going to be incredible.
Don't miss it! Here's the menu:

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Happy Holidays at the Rogues' Harbor Inn in the Heart of the Finger Lakes

Christmas time in the heart of the Finger Lakes at Rogues'

We love, love, love the holidays...We decorate, we plan specials, we mull wine,...It's a cozy time of year.
We haven't started decorating yet, but that has taken a lot of self control to wait until Thanksgiving is over.
Chris and Alex, our brewers,  have crafted our Scotch Ale which is a full-bodied deep amber brew with a malty caramel and roasted malt flavor. Peated malt provides a hint of smokiness to this winter warmer, making it a great accompaniment to hearty meat dishes and sharp cheeses. It pairs perfectly with all our holiday favorite dishes: Cranberry Duck Breast, Finger Lakes Pot Roast, Herb Crusted Pork Loin...Oh, the anticipation is killing us.
We have even considered your holiday shopping list with new long sleeved t shirts, new style of growlers, and gift cards of any denomination. There's still time to reserve for a holiday party too. Whether it's for the office, family or a big group of friends we have an intimate dining space that's right for you. We custom design menu and room set up from formal to jeans casual. We even have B and B rooms for an overnight stay if guests want to make a night or weekend of it.
Join us and celebrate. Have a pint, your favorite winter dinner offering, sit by the fire with friends and family...We are open Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, but please remember we are closed only three days per year, so that we can spend time with our families: Thanksgiving day, Christmas day and New Year's day.
Happy Holidays.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Oktoberfest Care for Kerry Fundraiser in the Heart of the Finger Lakes

Bartender, Kerry Brace, at Rogues' 

As many have already heard, our beloved bartender, Kerry, was diagnosed with kidney cancer. His prognosis is excellent and he has already had surgery. However, recovery is slow and the bills are piling up quickly. So, we've decided to host a benefit in his honor and toast to his speedy recovery.This Sunday, October 13, from noon till nine we will be throwing a big party and everyone is invited.
Here's the day's Oktoberfest  festivities so far:
Chicken BBQ noon till it's gone
Apple Bobbing for prizes noon till 4
Live Music at noon by Tru Blu
Wing Eating Contest 2:00
Live Auction 3:00 -Crossroads the Clown as our auctioneer!
Live music by Marc Ryan at 3 pm ish after auction
LFD Fire Truck here from 1 - 4 pm
Silent Auction & Raffles
Pies, cookies & hot cider
Craft Beer Tasting  (MUST BE 21) from 5 - 8 by: Bacchus Brewing, Bandwagon Brewing, Hopshire Farm, Southern Tier Brewing, Eve's Cidery & Rogues' Harbor Brewing Co.
Live Music in the brew house during the tasting by Moe Grasz
Live Music in the pub during the tasting by
All proceeds from the day benefit Kerry
10% of dinner sales Sunday evening benefit Kerry as well.
Dinner from 4 -9 pm
First pour for our Oktoberfest Brew (aka Braceenbrau)
Bratwurst with sauerkraut & mashers on special
We're so overwhelmed by the out pouring of generous auction items that we can't list them all. But, here's a sneak peek:
Wine Cruise for 2 by School's Out Charters
Long Point Winery Gift Card $25
Plantsmen Gift Card
Caricature Portrait Sitting $100
Perfect Painter's/Heritage Builder's Gift Card $200
YMCA Passes $90
Ithaca Bakery Gift Card $25
Cornell Team Signed Hockey Stick priceless!
Cornell Men's Hockey vs. Boston University at Madison Square Garden
Cornell Men's Basketball Tickets
Cornell Football Tickets
Cornell university T -shirts
Bakers' Acres Apples
Original print on canvas by Dee Sprague
Original print by Kelli Cox-Brady
Personal Touch Salon Gift Card
Reisling from Treleaven
Avon gift bag
One week in Myrtle Beach
One night's stay at the Rogues' Harbor Inn
Gimme Coffee
and so much more, more, more!
Please join us in celebrating Oktoberfest and raising some funds for our Kerry. See you Sunday!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Don't Fear the Wheat!

Rogues' Harbor Brewing's American Wheat Ale
When many beer drinkers (especially those newer to the craft beer scene) hear the term wheat beer they immediately cringe, expressing their distaste for that yeasty, bready, sometimes almost banana-like flavor. These signature flavors are characteristics of the German yeast used to brew the classic Weissbier style. This, however, is not true of all wheat beers. Wheat doesn't have a strong flavor in beer, adding more to the mouthfeel and the body. Many European styles of wheat beers get the majority of their well known flavors from that various yeast used during the fermentation. German's tend towards clove or banana, Belgians will get some of that clove, with spicy or bubblegum like notes. American wheat beers, however, are a different beast entirely. Outside of the fact they have a large portion of wheat used in the grain bill, they are completely different from their European cousins.

American wheat beers avoid those banana and clove flavors by fermenting with a very clean and neutral flavored American ale yeast - the same kind of yeast used in brewing of most American ale styles. The wheat gives a light malt flavor, pale coloring, and more body to the beer. They aren't afraid of hops either - many of the classic American hops are highlighted in the brewing of these beers (though not as aggressive as an IPA, they still are a fairly dominant flavor).

We certainly didn't hold back on the hops while brewing the Rogues Harbor American Wheat ale. While not as bitter as our pale ale, the finishing hops (the one that give the beer it's bold aroma) are on par with how we hop the pale ale. You'll get a tropical/citrusy flavor up front, with a smooth finish that doesn't come across as bitter as most American pale ales. The wheat gives it a thirst quenching quality, but keeps it from having a thin, or watery body. It's not a heavy beer though, perfect for sitting out on the deck, keeping cool on a hot summers day (trust us, we did some extensive field testing on this).

Don't fear the wheat! Don't assume that because a beer uses wheat it needs to taste like fresh baked goods. It goes on tap today and we hope that you'll give our take on the American wheat beer a try and that you'll enjoy it as much as we do.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Father's Day Favorites: Steak & Little Neck Clams

When we're planning for Father's Day (Sunday, June 16) we all suggest our fathers' favorites. This year was no different and I think most dads would approve. We're offering ale steamed little neck clams, flame grilled porterhouse steak and fresh garlic linguini with white clam sauce. Oh, and we'll have plenty of our craft brews chilled as always. Dad deserves to be spoiled and Sunday, June 16 is your perfect opportunity.
Clams + Steak +  Craft Beer = Father's Day Nirvana.   Reservations Suggested 533-3535

Friday, June 7, 2013

Ithaca, Heart of the Finger Lakes, Restaurant Week 2013

We love restaurant week. It's why we're in the restaurant business. Everyone heading out to enjoy some new offerings at their favorite local eateries. What's not to love about it? All your favorite places offering a great deal on some new (or old favorite) dishes.
As always, we're offering locally sourced, globally inspired cuisine complemented by Finger Lakes wine and beer pairings. It's a four course deal for $26 and we'll be serving the special Sunday, June 9 through Saturday, June 15. We'll still be serving up all your fav's; don't worry. But, if you'd like to try something new at Rogues', this is your week.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Mother's Day 2013 in the Heart of the Finger Lakes

Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto
We love Mother's Day, so much so that we open early at noon to serve dinner all day. It's one of those days at the inn where every table seems to know each other. The asparagus is in season and even the trees have leafed out early just for the occasion.
Our chef has created some special offerings with Mom in mind. Flavorful, healthy and not too heavy: Cream of Asparagus Soup and Shrimp Cocktail for appetizers. Entree offerings are Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto with suggested pairings of Treleaven Chardonnay and Our Hell on Wheels Wit. We're also offering Scallops Solera with the suggested pairings of Goose Watch Pinot Grigio and Our Cayuga Cream Ale. Fresh seafood on a warm sunny day with a drink in hand is the perfect match. Our featured dessert is our chef's sinful dark chocolate chunk cheesecake with fresh strawberries on top, and fresh whipped cream of course.
Our New Spring Menu has plenty of new dishes to try as well
Mom deserves to celebrated. Don't forget this Sunday is her day.
Serving noon till 9. Reservations suggested 533-3535

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

New Spring FLX Locavore Dinner Menu at the Rogues' Harbor Inn

Southwestern Quinoa Salad
The new spring menu seems to have arrived just in time for some stellar 70 degree sunny Finger Lakes days. We've developed some new locally sourced dishes with healthy summer living in mind. Whether your eating choices are dictated by taste alone or health, allergies, morals, politics....we have made an extra effort to offer something for everyone. They're even labelled on the menu for you: vegetarian, vegan, GF (gluten free). As always it's all locally sourced, globally inspired, fresh, made right here, real food (no trans fats, no MSG, no, no, no, none of that processed junk masquerading as food).
For new appetizers we have a Mediterranean Flat Bread made with hand tossed dough, wild garlic pesto, tomatoes and Lively Run Feta cheese. It's vegetarian. We also added  our Roasted Garlic Hummus which is served with a quick grilled multi-grain baguette, vegan. Oh, I almost forgot the Sweet Potato Wedges. They're sprinkled with a little coarse grain kosher salt. You can add them to a burger too.
For entrees we have a Kobe Teriyaki Steak. Locally sourced, marinated, char grilled medium rare, so good. We're pairing it with our our own Route 34 Red Ale or Swedish Hill's Cabernet Franc. We added a beautiful Irish Stout Glazed Pork Chop as well, paired with Guinness Stout or Palmer Merlot. We still take good care our carnivorous guests...New for the vegetarians and vegans we have an Oyster Mushroom Risotto made with white wine, fresh herbs, lemon...and you can add chicken or salmon to the dish if vegan isn't your vibe. We created a vegan salad as well . Our Southwestern Quinoa Salad has fresh greens topped with quinoa, corn, black beans, onions, tomatoes and vegan spicy ranch dressing. Again, the meat eaters can add chicken to their salad. Life is about options.
There's more, but we'll list it all on the web site. We'll even be listing the vegan, GF, etc...
Don't forget to save room for dessert....the apple crisp is vegan and the New York Cheese Cake is GF.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Rogues' Harbor Inn Loves Finger Lakes Fresh

Finger Lakes Fresh Boston Lettuce

We love all things local here at Rogues'. Sometimes our devotion is challenging here in the not always warm and sunny Finger Lakes. Summer and fall are abundant with fresh local produce: herbs, salad greens, peaches, apples, corn.... Come February, we're down to root vegetables and possibly kale. Not that we have anything against root vegetables, but we do need our leafy greens. So, we were pretty happy to find Finger Lakes Fresh just a few miles up the road from us.They grow the most beautiful lettuce and arugula, year round, hydroponically in green houses.

A write up in our favorite local magazine, Edible Finger Lakes, lead us to them. "Finger Lakes Fresh specialize in hydroponics (derived from the Greek words for water and labor), a method of farming that delivers nutrients to plants in a water solution, without soil, to produce pesticide-free greens. Their greenhouses are clear-domed structures that use solar radiation to warm plants and their contained environments help the growers control light and temperature, pests and other factors, ensuring that a reliable source."
We're thinking about our spring menu and their arugula is going to be included in at least a summery salad and a pasta dish. We've found a few more wonderful local components for the spring menu, too. We'll be blogging/bragging about them soon. But, today we celebrate greens.
 Even when it’s snowing outside, crispy, crunchy lettuce is available for our salads and sandwiches that's locally grown, fresh and pesticide free. Fresh, local greens all year long, it's a dream come true.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Easter Dinner 2013 in Ithaca, NY, the Heart of the Finger Lakes

Easter signals spring in the Finger Lakes. I've already seen signs. Snow drops and winter aconite in the garden are blooming and the tips of daffodils are coming up through the thawing soil. Our spring menu is in the works, spring Bock beer is being kegged and even the return of a snow bird staff member, KC! Of course, our Easter dinner specials are planned too.
We'll be serving Easter dinner all day from noon til 8 pm on Sunday, March 31st. Fresh, local and spring inspired is the theme as always. Chefs Andy and Jeff are preparing a local organic Berkshire ham from Blue Heron Acres with a bourbon and brown sugar glace. It really is the tastiest ham on earth. Our spring Brewer's Choice, Bock beer, would pair well with it. Bock is historically associated with special occasions, often religious festivals such as Christmas, Easter or Lent. Bocks have a long history of being brewed and consumed by Bavarian monks as a source of nutrition during times of fasting.  Ours is clear with a copperish brown body and a bountiful and persistent off-white head. The taste is rich and toasty, with a bit of caramel. 
Celebrate Spring. Reservations are suggested 607.533.3535

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Can't Wait for St. Patrick's Day 2013 in Ithaca, NY!

It's nearly March 17th. One of my favorite days of the year. As you may have guessed, I'm Irish. It was one of my Dad's favorite days of the year, too. While I was in college he always sent me a few bucks for St. Patrick's Day. The card always read, "Here's a little pocket money for the day. Miss you." No need to mention which day. We both knew. He would occasionally miss my birthday, but he never, never missed St. Patrick's Day. It was important since we lived far apart that we each raise a glass at the same time that day and have a beer together- even if I was in Boston or Ithaca and he was in D.C.  The tradition continues here at Rogues' even though Dad's been gone for many years.
We'll have lots and lots of beer on hand. All of our own craft brews along with Guinness, Harp, Cortland's Industrial IPA...I think our Cayuga Cream Ale goes best with Corned Beef and Cabbage. But, we did offer pairing suggestions on our specials menu for both Saturday, March 16 and Sunday March 17. It's too great a celebration to confine to one day. Corned Beef and Cabbage is a must. In case that's not your fav, we also will be offering Finger Lakes Beef Stew, Irish Nachos and my favorite Guinness Chocolate Pudding. It's a dark chocolate pudding made with Guinness; it even looks like a mini pint of Guinness when we add the whipped cream on top.
Join us. Raise a glass on this fine day. Everyone is honorary Irish at least one day of the year, and this we wish for you,

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Be Stylin this Summer with a Rogues’ Harbor Cycling Jersey

We’re getting ready for warm weather and Rogues’ Harbor is out in front with some new cycling wear for the summer of 2013. We are placing an order next week for the new Rogues’ Harbor cycling jersey, so anybody wanting to pre-order before Tuesday March 12th will receive $10 off the regular retail price of $75 (pre-order price $65). Matching bib shorts are also available for $85, but ONLY for those wishing to pre-order.
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Don’t know what size to order? You can refer to the manufactures sizing chart (click here for sizing chart or come to Rogues’ Harbor Sunday evening (3/10) from 5:30PM-7PM and we’ll have sizing samples for you to try on. BTW: Rogues’ Harbor free Sunday night tasting this Sunday features Bellwether Hard Cider, from 5:30PM-7PM, so stop by taste some cider and order a jersey.

With new cycling wear on the street, Rogues’ Harbor will be organizing a few weekend fun rides this summer starting from Rogues’ Harbor in Lansing, NY. Dates and times will be announced when the jersey order arrives in late April. For anybody wanting something a little more challenging, Rogues’ Harbor is looking to expand their competitive cycling team of one (me) at the following local cycling races:

If you want to do some competitive cycling for Rogues’ Harbor or would like to order some cycling clothing please contact me before 3/12 (order goes in 3/13).
Chris Williams – Brewer
Rogues Harbor Brewing
cell: 585-766-0730

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Pints for Pups an SPCA Fundraiser at Rogues'

We love beer. We love dogs. They go together like peanut butter and jelly.
We even make dog biscuits from our spent brewing grain, aka Brewscuits. $1 from the sale of every bag benefits the Tompkins SPCA. Every year we plan a fundraiser for our Tompkins SPCA, and this year's event will bring our two favorite things together, beer and dogs.
We've decided on Thursday, February 21, 6 - 9 pm on the first floor of the inn and our brew house.  There'll be six local micro brewers pouring samples of their craft brews, including the Rogues' Harbor Brewing Co, Roosterfish Brewing, Bandwagon Brews, Cortland Beer, Bacchus Brewing and Wagner Valley Brewing. Yum. We'll be pouring our latest Brewer's Choice, American Barley Wine Style Beer , for the first time that evening as well as offering tours of our brew house.
Thursdays are Live Music Nights at Rogues' too; so there will be live music in the brew house by Space Train and live music in our pub by Mike Thuesen. There'll be tastings and auctions in both locations, too.
There will be a silent auction that I can never resist with goodies from The Jewelbox, Treleaven Winery, Mastercraft Framing, The People's Market, Ithaca Agway, and more.
We'll be serving dinner as always that evening and 10% of our dinner sales will be donated to the SPCA.
Tickets (aka wrist bands) will be a $15 donation benefiting the SPCA available at the door or in advance at the SPCA and the Rogues' Harbor Inn.
Join us to raise a glass and toast our two favorite things: beer and dogs. With your help (and by help I mean sampling beer) we'll exceed funds raised last year...$2,000+ !

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Valentine's Day 2013 at the Rogues' Harbor Inn, Ithaca

Valentine's Day is Thursday, February 14. Mark it on your calendar guys. This is important.
This is your moment to shine. It doesn't take too much effort to make the day special- you just have to remember which day. Take your sweet heart to dinner, maybe buy a rose or a shiny object (we all love shiny objects..). But, do something. We're here to help.
Our big plans for Valentine's Day are all in the works and it's a bright day in an otherwise cold, grey month in the Finger Lakes. We have our economical weekday winter rate of $109 available for the B and B rooms that evening. So have a few glasses of wine with dinner by the fire and then just walk upstairs to your elegant room. We can even arrange to have flowers and chocolate waiting for you.
Dinner can be 4 courses or just a quick bite and a pint. It's all up to you.Chef Jeff and Chef Andy enjoy the day and they love creating specials to offer that evening and throughout the weekend. Their dinner specials will be offered Thursday, February 14 - Saturday, February 16.
Just remember Valentine's Day, February 14, we'll do the rest.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Super Bowl 47 Chili Fest at the Rogues' Harbor Inn

It's finally here...Super Bowl Sunday. We wanted to celebrate the game, winter and beer friendly food. Chili it is! Chef Jeff is making a traditional beef chili and a vegetarian cashew chili. We're thinking our Cayuga Cream Ale and our East Shore Pale Ale will be super with our super bowl chili. We'll be offering our Wednesday discount on growler fills, too $7.50 for a 2 pint fill and $15 for a 4 pint fill. We're serving our chili in bread bowls, on sliders, on 1/2 pound burgers, on potato skins...good rib stickin', foot ball watchin', all american food. It's all available for take out, too.  We're serving from 3 - 9 pm. Here it is: