Weekend Brew Tours in the Finger Lakes
As the temperature drops and the holidays draw nearer, take time to venture out and spend a weekend discovering the local breweries in Yates County. With gorgeous scenery and hopyard views, craft beverage tours, and comfortable lodging options, you will come to find that the Finger Lakes Countrysides is the place to be for a craft beverage getaway.
Savor the taste of the season with the Harvest Pumpkin Ale at Laurentide Beer Company, or the Hive Mind Braggot at Lyonsmith Brewing. Enjoy a wide selection of beers inside a restored 1800s barn at Abandon Brewing, and see what’s on tap as you sit outside, soaking up some late autumn sun at Tin Barn Brewing.
Whether it’s going on a tour with established companies or rounding up friends and crafting your own adventure, we have everything you’re looking for, right here, when it comes to crafting a perfect weekend brew tour in the Finger Lakes.
With over 100 wineries and breweries in the region, it’s no surprise that the Finger Lakes is a gold mine when it comes to craft beverages. Visit our drink page for the complete list of brewery and distillery stops in area.
Finger Lakes Tour Companies
There are a few established tour companies that specialize in brewery tours:
Barefoot in the Finger Lakes Tours
“Your Car, Our Driver” is the motto at Barefoot in the Finger Lakes. This tour company provides everything you need for a VIP craft beer experience. Experienced drivers guide you on your private, custom tour in the comfort of your own car, so you don’t have to worry about transportation or where to stop. They help you find all the best places to visit, sip, and explore those wineries and breweries that fit your group’s personal style.
Outdoor Adventure Tour with Laurentide Beer Company
Spend the day at your leisure with Adventure Pairings: Keuka Outlet Trail & Laurentide Beer Company. Start with taking in beautiful scenery on the Keuka Outlet Trail, where you can see the gorgeous New York State fall foliage as you hike, bike, and fish. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing “Pale Ale Tour” at Laurentide Brew Company, closely located down the road.
Learn about Main Street Drivers, who will take you around on your tour in your own car.
Craft Your Own Self-Led Tour
Create your own brewery tour in Yates County. Round up your friends, pick a date, and take a look at the great breweries located here:
Abandon Brewing Company
2994 Merritt Hill Road, Penn Yan, NY 14527
Located in an early 19th-century farmhouse, Abandon Brewing Company crafts some of the finest brews in New York state with locally sourced, well fermented ingredients to create innovative flavors. This company is doing their share in using sustainable energy, only using geothermal energy during the entire processing of their brews! Check out their website for updated hours.
Climbing Bines Hop Farm and Craft Ale Company
511 Hansen Point Road, Penn Yan, NY 14527
Climbing Bines Craft Ale Company is one of New York State’s first farm breweries. This company specializes in small batch, hand-crafted ales brewed on site with the freshest estate-grown hops and barley harvested just a few miles down the road.
LyonSmith Brewing Co.
2597 Assembly Avenue, Keuka Park, NY 14478
LyonSmith Brewing Co. is a newly constructed brewery whose main focus is the beer styles of the United Kingdom: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The mission of this company is to make beers worth drinking, a company worth working for, and a community worth living in. Learn more about LyonSmith on their website.
Relative Risk Brewing Company
1166 Earls Hill Road, Penn Yan, NY 14527
Newly opened in Fall 2022, Relative Risk Brewing Company is a family-friendly craft brewery overlooking Seneca Lake. They produce beer for all palates, along with serving Finger Lakes wines, ciders and foods and even have a playground on site for young visitors to enjoy while their parents take in the local libations. For both the “comfort seekers” and the “risk takers,” this is one new stop you should put on your list.
Seneca Stag Brewing
1720 NY-14, Penn Yan, NY 14527
Seneca Stag Brewing Company is a new farm brewery located near the villages of Dresden and Penn Yan. Built in a refurbished hay barn not far from the shores of Seneca Lake, their mission is to satisfy Central New York’s growing thirst for hand-crafted beers, in a rustic setting that honors the heritage and culture of traditional German biergartens.
Tin Barn Brewing
5428 State Route 14, Dundee, NY 14837
The original location of Tin Barn Brewing was founded in 2015 by a father-daughter team as a farm brewery featuring Craft New England IPA’s and Fruited Sours. Enjoy their food menu featuring Mexican Street Tacos. Visit their website for up-to-date hours and scheduled events.
When you’re done exploring the craft beverage scene, head back to your hotel, rental, or bed & breakfast for a good night’s sleep. Discover all your accommodation options in Yates County here.