Though we are much more well known for our wines, craft beer is hard on its heels. Craft breweries have truly filled in a unique niche here in the Finger Lakes and beyond! From unique seasonal brews to rotating lists of lagers, ales, and stouts - the craft beer industry is exploding in our region - come and have a taste. CLICK HERE to browse the many craft breweries in the area.
Hard cider is another emerging craft beverage. It actually has a history that is just as long as winemaking in the Finger Lakes, and in fact, hard cider is the oldest craft beverage in America. A drive through our rolling hills uncovers old, abandoned orchards but over the past 10 years or so, the industry has experienced a major resurgence and revival, resulting in a number of new tasting rooms and opportunities to sample hard ciders. Cider has unique flavor profiles and characteristics; it may be still or sparkling; it can even be aged - similar to wine! Here in Schuyler County we have a number of craft cider producers. CLICK HERE to find out where to head for a taste!
If you are in Watkins Glen or nearby, and you're not sure where to begin, we suggest a stop at GRAFT wine + cider bar in downtown Watkins Glen, where you can sample a flight of ciders from across New York State. Their expert staff can guide you through their extensive and unique offerings.