Route 36 Tour
Sometimes being away from all the hoopla means you fly under the radar. Of course, it also means you might remain a secret only shared among the fortunate ones who know just how special you are.
We believe some secrets (the ones you most want to keep to yourself) need to shared so everyone has the opportunity to enjoy. That’s why today’s tour takes you away from the lakes and the wine trails and the interstates to three small towns where something great is brewing.
This is a bonafide countrified tour that includes an “off-the-grid” solar powered brewery housed in what once was an Amish barn, a quiet nod to brewing and railroad history, and a true-farm cidery.
First Tasting Room: TripEnd Brewing
• Don’t let the name fool you, with beers ranging from light German-style ales, to hoppy IPAs, to savory porters and stouts, TripEnd Brewing is also a great place to start. After the warm welcome you’re sure to receive from Grif and Tucker, the breweries official four-legged greeters, you’re going to feel right at home here. Be sure to grab a four-pack or two for the road.
Next Stop: Railhead Brewing
• Follow scenic Route 36 to nearby Hornell and the brewery that brought a tradition back to the Maple City after nearly 50 years. Railhead Brewing specializes in great brews, delicious wood-fired pizzas, and a family-friendly atmosphere that have made it one of the most popular spots around. With a rotating list of favorites like Altbier, Humble Beeginings, and Imperial Stout, plus new releases and guest brews, Railhead continues to put Hornell back on track.
Final Crispy Stop: Cider Creek
• Ideally situation along a creek, on the gentle curve of a quiet farm road, Cider Creek’s production facility and tasting room are a haven for craft beverage lovers. Serving their own award-wining hard ciders (like Cran-Mango and Saison Reserve) as well as a number of other New York State beers and wines, the cidery is a destination in and of itself. Wind down by the fire pit, the indoor fireplace, or on the wrap around deck for a taste of country life.
With exciting outdoor recreation opportunities nearby like hiking, fishing, and waterfall exploring, you may want to extend your stay. Check out these overnight stays.
Note: the Craft Your Adventure trail spans four counties and each has its own restrictions and guidelines. To assure yourself the best experience, you should always check with the brewery before going to learn about current safety protocols, hours of operation, to-go options, and more.