Passport and a Pint Glass, Please.

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Now I usually live by the motto: “Beer before liquor, never been sicker. Liquor before beer, you’re in the clear.” But I made an exception this past weekend for my Finger Lakes Beer Passport—and I must say, it went exceptionally well drinking at breweries then topping it off with a few wineries.

If you haven’t heard of this yet, don’t fear! You’ve still got plenty of time to purchase one. Even better, they’ve extended the duration from March to the entire 2016 calendar year. For $20, you’ll get $475 dollars worth of discounts at breweries all across the Finger Lakes region. There’s no way you’ll ever take advantage of the full $475 (but props if you do make it to all 52 breweries!). Simply get to the handful of great places in ROC and you’ll get your money’s worth.

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Now that was my passport plug and I don’t even work for them! Back to my weekend, we started in Montour Falls at Heavily Brewing Co. then worked our way up the east side of Seneca Lake, stopping at Rooster Fish Brewing, Grist Iron Brewing, and Two Goats Brewing. Here’s the skinny on my biggest winners from the weekend.

  1. Heavily Brewing | Winter Seasonal:

The buy one flight get one free passport special allowed us to try all of this brewery’s beers on tap. The winter seasonal was so tasty I saved just a bit of it to drink for last. Overall, Heavily offers an excellent atmosphere consisting of two floors with foosball, darts, pool, drinking card games, comfy couches, and bands on the weekend. The building is actually an old barn complete with a silo for that good ‘ole farm feel.

 

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Rooster Fish | Buckwheat Honey Saison:

Although these guys did not offer any discounts through the passport, their beer was worth every penny. My favorite was this saison, jam-packed with local honey and a smooth, yet distinct finish. Situated in the homey town of Watkins Glen, it’s the perfect place to stop in for a tasting or full drink (or two or three).

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Grist Iron | Two Births:

This chocolate cherry stout had so many great flavors together in one. Grist was offering two for one pints through the passport, so we got the stout and the MaXXimus Brown ale. Also cool, they’ve got their own lodging so you can drink and then walk about two feet home.

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Two Goats | Everything Butt:

By “everything butt” I mean it was a tie between the Dirty Sheppard Brown Ale, Goat-Gasm, Head Butt, and Dirty Butt (mix of Head Butt and Dirty Sheppard). We enjoyed live soul music and the chill local vibe while sipping on our selections. This brewery was not on the passport trail either, however, if you’re in the area, I would definitely recommend getting your butt on over there!

As I mentioned, we stopped at some wineries after our beer gallivanting, but this is a beer gals blog and right now my main concern is helping you to grab your passport and a pint glass, and get to drinking up these delicious discounts.

 

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As told by our Beer Gal, Jill Duff. When she’s not spreading her stories and opinions of beer she’s copywriting for a local ad agency. We love when she stops by the site to share an anecdote or two. 

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