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ABOUT THE BREWERIES
Great American Beer Festival (American Pale Ale: 1995, 1994, 1993; Classic English Pale Ale: 1992; Pale Ale: 1990, 1989, 1987).
Their other beers have also won awards at numerous festivals. They are listed on the company website. The following is a list of beers and ales that they brew:
Year-round - Pale ale, Porter, Stout, Kellerweiss and Torpedo (big IPA).
Seasonal - Glissade (golden bach), Summerfest (crisp lager), Tumbler (autumn brown ale) and Celebration ale (fresh hop ale).
Their beers are full of flavor and still are brewed on site in Chico California. They have an additional list of limited selection brews available on their website.
The Magic Hat brewery was founded in South Burlington, Vermont. They pledge to brew world class beers, as defined by their standards of quality, drink ability, and supported by their customer's purchases. Their beer is distributed across the United States through local liquor stores to national retailers. Their current beer selection is the following beers:
Year-round - #9 (ale with unusual palate), Circus Boy (unfiltered Hefeweizen), Humble Patience (Irish style red), Ravell (Porter) and Single Chair Ale (golden beer)
Seasonal - Hex (German Ale), Wacko (malty summer beer), Vinyl (amber lager), Howl (black lager), Demo (black IPA), Blind Faith (IPA) and hiPA (full of hops) and Encore (IPA).
They also brew their list of "reclusive rarities" which appear from time to time. Check out their website for the additional styles.
Year-round - Burning River Pale Ale, Commodore Perry IPA, Dortmunder Gold Lager, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Eliot Ness Amber Lager, The Wright Pils (Brewery store exclusve).
Seasonal - Conway's Irish Ale, The Doppelrock (malty doppelbock), Holy Moses White Ale, Lake Erie Monster (unfiltered IPA), Oktoberfest, Nosferatu (hopped imperial red ale), Christmas Ale (a honey ale and spiced with ginger and cinnamon) and Blackout Stout.
We Recommend - Our year round favorite is the Dortmunder Gold. It has good flavor and body and always satisfies. During the holidays, the Christmas ale is a must. It is hard to find so get it when you can. It has a nice spiced full flavor and has a slightly higher alcohol content.Their Oktoberfest is also on our list and is a caramel color with great flavor this variety of beer, which is a plus. The Oktoberfest is not bitter and definitely delivers.
All of their beers and ales are hand crafted and have great flavor. The Christmas Ale goes fast during the winter holidays and can be hard to find. It is a must try for any beer connoisseur.
ERIE BREWING COMPANY
The Erie Brewing company was founded in 1993 as Hoppers Brew Pub and developed into a full micro-brewery in 1999. The brewery is located in Erie, Pennsylvania. They strive to create quality, handcrafted beers with respect for tradition and admiration for innovation, whilst informing consumers and elevating their tastes and level of distinction. Their beer is sold in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia through local liquor stores and national retailers. They have won medals at the Great American Beer festival and more. The following is list of their beers:
Year-round - Railbender Ale (Scottish style ale), Mad Anthony's APA (American pale ale), Presque Isle Pislner (with American and German hops) and Misery Bay IPA (medium malt, explosive hops).
Seasonal - Heritage ALT (old style German dark ale),Golden Fleece Maibock (German maibock style), Derailed (cherry inspired cream ale), Fallenbock (Oktoberfest lager), Drake's Crude (Oatmeal stout) and Ol' Red Cease and Desist (wee heavy ale).
The Saranac is brewed at the Matt Brewing company, which was founded in 1888. The brewery is located in Utica, New York and has been founded by a German immigrant named F.X. Matt. The brewery is still a family business and proudly continues the tradition of making fine ales and beers. Their beers are sold in across the U.S in liquor stores and national retailers. The following is a list of their beers under the SARANAC name:
Year-round - Pale Ale (English pale ale), IPA, Adirondack Lager (classic German lager), Black Forest (Bavarian black beer) and Black and Tan (Irish stout and amber lager blend)
Seasonal - Summer Ale, Belgian White, Hefeweizen (unfiltered wheat beer), Pale Pale Ale, Kolsch (golden blond ale), Pomegranate Wheat, Summer Brew (lemonade and beer), Pumpkin Ale, Oktoberfest, Irish Red Ale and many more.
There are seasonal beers that they brew from time to time, so check out the additional beers and ales on their website.
The Southern Tier brewing company is located in Lakewood, New York. Founders Phineas DeMink and Allen "Skip" Yahn started the brewery in 2002 with the vision of reviving the practice of small batch brewing to a region rich in brewing tradition. The hand crafted ales are now available in more than half of the United States, as well as parts of Australia, Denmark, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Ontario, British Columbia, and the United Kingdom. The brewery has won awards at the 2007 Tap New York Beer Festival and their Extraordinary Ale won a silver award amongst other Pale Ales at Singapore's Beerfest Asia 2010. The specialize in IPAs. Their following is list of their beers and ales:
Year-round - IPA, Phin and Matt's (classic American style pale ale), porter, raspberry wheat beer, 422 pale wheat ale, 2xipa and pale
Seasonal - Hop sun (summer wheat), Harvest (English style extra special bitter), Old man winter (old ale), Chautuaqua brew (ale), Unearthly (imperial IPA), Hoppe imperial extra pale ale, Big red (IPA), Iniquity (imperial black ale), Gemini (imperial blended ale), Oak aged unearthly (imperial India pale ale), Back Burner (imperial barley wine style ale), Farmer's tan (imperial pale lager), Heavy Weizen (Imperial unfiltered wheat), Pumkin Imperial (pumpkin ale) and many more.
Johh Harvard's Brewhouse has locations in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. One of the locations is in Ellicottville, NY at Holiday Valley Resort. At John Harvard’s Brew House makes a range of beers full of aroma and flavor. They brew pale golden light lagers, copper colored ales, malty brown beers, and coal black stout; and will usually have 8 to 10 beers at their restaurants. They won 2 medals at the 2009 World Beer Championships and numerous awards in other competitions. Some of the ales are brewed on site at their restaurants. According to John Harvard's Brewhouse, some of the recipes were William Shakespeare's and were brought to America in 1637 by John Harvard. Their beers and ales are only available at their restaurants, so visit their website for more locations.
Year-round - Apricot Wheat, CascaZilla (Red hoppy ale), Flower power (India pale ale), Nut Brown and a Pale ale
Seasonal - Cold Frong (Belgian style amber), Gorges (Smoked porter), Ground Break (American style saison), Partly Sunny (Spiced wheat ale),
In addition to crafted beers, they brew an Execlsior line including a Brute, LeBleu, White Gold and Old Habit and more.
Year-round - Harpoon IPA, Harpoon Munich Dark, Harpoon Belgian Pale ale, Harpoon cider, Leviathan Imperial IPA, UFO Hefeweizen and UFO White.
ABOUT THE WINERIES
The Winery of Ellicottville was founded in 2010 Dominic Francesco and is located in downtown Ellicottivlle, NY. The winey was inspired by Francesco Spicola (Dominic’s Father). Francesco, who immigrated from Italy in 1968, brought the wine making tradition with him. Dominic continues the wine making Tradition with his Son-In-Law Sam. Together they create the wines with the careful consideration that Francesco used, combined with new world techniques that produce the Winery of Ellicottville’s award winning wines.
The Winery of Ellicottville makes a fantastic Traminette, and we highly recommend it. They also produce a fine Reisling, Pino Grigio, Chardonnay and a Vidal. If you are feeling festive, they also offer three wines the EVL Red, EVL White and EVL Blue. If you like sweeter wines, there Snow Fox has been recommended from friends, which is made from a Niagara grape. If Reds are your flavor, they have a nice Merlot with dark cherry and black raspberry tones and a Syarah with a little spice.
WILLOW CREEK WINERY
Willow Creek Winery was established as a wine making club in 1992 by Jim Emmerson. The club grew to 40 members and he retired in 1999 to make wine with 14 other winemakers. In 2000 Willow Creek Winery was shrank to 7 share holders which remains the same today. Unfortunately in 2000 Mr. Emerson unexpectedly passes away and Doug Metzger contintued as president of the winery. Willow Creek Winery is located in Sheridan, New York, which is close to Lake Erie and the town of Silver Creek, New York. The winery is located on a beautiful estate and host many concert events in their 600 seat open air pavilion.
The winery produces 19 wines and 3 specialty wines. Some of their signaturespecialty wines include Cream Sherry, Cholocate Tempations and Chautauqua Chocolate. Their white wines include a Reisling, Cayuga Wine and a Chardonnay. They have a larger selection of red wines which include a Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot Red Rambo and a Dry Concord. Finally the winery has a large selection of sweets, including a Concord, Niagara, Pink Catawba, Sweet Agnes and more.
The wines are excellent and a trip to the winery is well worth it with the extensive events and scenic estate.
HERON HILL WINERY
Heron Hill winery a light and crisp line of Riesling, from dry to semi dry to Reserve, They also have a Gewurztraminer Reserve! The winery is know for its blended Eclipse series, which includes a white with Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc varietals and is lightly oaked. Their Eclipse red is aged 24 months and has the traditional Bordeaux varieties. Rounding out their current selection are a late harvest Vidal Blanc, Ingle Vineyard Riesling, Ingle Vineyard Cabernet Franc and a Pinot Blanc Reserve.
MERRIT ESTATE WINERY
Merritt Estate is located in the largest grape growing region east of the Rockies and the largest Concord grape growing region in the world. The Chatauqua area grapes and wines rival the quality of premium vintages found throughout the world. Visitors to the winery can take at tour of the Merrit Estate facilities and surrounding vineyards. They also offer free year-round wine tasting in the Tasting Room and a complete selection of Merritt Estate wine is available for purchase at the winery or online.
Merrit Estate Winery produces almost twenty different wines including red wines, white wines, dessert wines and specialty wines. The make a Bella Ice, Bell Rosa, Cabernet Franc, Chatauqua Blush, Chatauqua White, Chataugau Niagara, Edelweiss, Gewurztraminer, Late Harvest Delaware, Mereo, Peach Splash, Reisling, Sangria de Marguerite, Sangria wine slush, Strawberry Festival, Winemaster's Choise, and XTC. Many of their wines have won awards at regional and national competitions, including National Commercial Wine competitions, The Great Lakes Wine competition, the Monterey Wine Competition and more.
CONCLUSIONThis festival is a great opportunity to sample many craft beers, ales and wines. Not all of the breweries' beers and ales will be available at the festival, but enough to get a feel of the breweries style and hand crafted flavor. The wineries bring a good selection of their wines to try! Ellicottville New York is a great little town, so make the beer and wine festival a weekend trip. There are fabulous restaurants and there many activities to enjoy over the weekend. Weekend lodging packages are available at Holiday Valley Rental Management properties and Holiday Valley Resort, with free shuttle to the event and downtown for Holiday Valley guests (see Holiday Valley Resort website for details).
*All Brewery and Winery pictures and labels were from their respective websites and are published for your visual reference to their respective companies and products.