Crooked Lake Craft Beverage Tour - 2 Day
This tour focuses mostly on purveyors of liquid awesomeness (including some of the best craft beverages in all of New York State), but give yourself enough time to enjoy the other exciting (or relaxing) things to experience around Keuka Lake.
A go-to spot, even for those in the business of crafting their own tasty beverages, you’ll want to start with a flight at Steuben Brewing, then sip a pint of your favorite as you also drink in the views. Be sure to try the award-winning brown, as well as the great Local Liquids series made with all NYS ingredients.
Next stop, Krooked Tusker. Yeah, we’re talking vodka, moonshine, and crazy good gin. Perfect blend of botanicals. If the names Hell Hound Hooch and Man Child Whiskey aren’t a clue, this is the work of a mad scientist with a playful spirit (pun intended). Be ready to stay awhile and enjoy some of the creative concoctions. Your mouth will thank you.
Where did the craft brewing scene on Keuka Lake begin? At Keuka Brewing which was also the first brewery on the lake named New York State’s best craft brewery at TAP NY. Brews like Local Mocha Stout, Afterburner Habañero Ale and Ghost of Rita Gose established them as a spot known for quality and creativity.
Bonus stop? Cider Creek Hard Cider! Made from 100% New York apples. This is unfiltered sit-down-and-savor hard cider from the most awarded farm cidery in the country in 2017. With seasonal favorites like Winter's Cinn, as well as staples like Cran-Mango and Saison Reserve, this is how an orchard should taste. After picking, that is.
With so many great beverage and outdoor adventures to choose from, you might want to add a day to your stay to fit in more. Like a hike on the Keuka Outlet Trail. The payoff are the awesome waterfalls. Okay, the real payoff are the libations afterwards, but two beautiful waterfalls are pretty darn awesome.
After your hike (you can also rent bikes during the summer and fall months to take in the entire mostly-flat trail), head back towards Hammondsport and stop by Keg & Barrel Brewing. Explore the 20 brews, ciders and sours on tap along with a Beef on Weck or cheese board on the large deck with views overlooking the Crooked Lake.
Just down the road, you’ll find Finger Lakes Beer Company which has been quenching thirsts since 2009. Try the award-winning Hammonds-Porter or Copperline Ale to get started. Other popular standbys are Ring of Fire, Indian Summer, and Steamboat Stout which all give a playful nod to the rich history around Keuka Lake.
Grab lunch on the Village Square or at Maybe Baby Burgers located about two miles from FLBC. You’ll want to save some room though because there are two more stops.
After tasting brews like Crying Loon and Unfinished Business, you might think they should change their name to Where Dreams Are Made, but the folks at The Brewery of Broken Dreams are onto a good thing so let’s not change anything. Traditionally inspired, uniquely crafted ales that truly reflect the wonderful possibilities of using native ingredients.
Your final stop just happens to be the newest distillery on the lake. Not just focusing on crafting delicious spirits, the owners at Barrelhouse 6 Distillery are also dedicated to sustaining the environment. Enjoy a state-of-the-art facility, tasty spirits, and outdoor patio and balcony views of beautiful Keuka Lake.
NOTE: We’re suggesting four libation stops each day, though adding a third day might be a wise choice also offering you the chance to enjoy the lake itself. While we want you to savor all the delicious Crooked Lake Craft Beverage options, we also hope you will do so responsibly. You can find information about drive share services online, like Main Street Drivers who will actually take you around in your own car.