Visit to Ithaca Beer Company - Even though the taproom has been open and serving food since November this was our first visit there. It is a very attractive space, a fairly large bar, and about 15 tables. There is also a *ton* of space outdoors that I’m sure will be well used in the summer months. The production brewery itself is huge especially compared with the size of the previous space. Let’s just hope all that capacity doesn’t go into Apricot Wheat.
The drink menu had the standard options you expect from Ithaca Beer, but I also found a couple surprises. They had a taproom only, pilot blonde ale which I tried a half pint of. The beer was good for the style, but it’s the idea itself that is great and makes me a lot more likely to visit. They also still had 14th anniversary on tap (no bottles). Considering we are more than a full month past the 15th anniversary let’s hope the plans for that beer are in the works. Maybe we can revive the Double Flower Power rumors from last year. They also offer a variety of flights and everything can be ordered as a full or a half pint. Prices seemed cheap too. Nice options to have especially if they are going to play to the wine tour crowd.
The food menu had pretty standard pub-ish options. A variety of sandwiches (burger, pulled pork, turkey, veggie options) and wood fire pizzas. The special for the day was actually a NY Strip Steak so maybe they are branching out into “real” entrees. We had the fry flight to start which came with 3 different sauces. All three were good, but the fresh ketchup was probably my favorite. The fries themselves were great too, handcut, but without being greasy. I had a turkey sandwich which was fine, but I probably wouldn’t order it again.
The retail area is to the right when you enter the building. All the same options from the old place, but certainly presented a lot nicer. There also seemed to be a lot more merch, with quite a few different shirts I don’t remember seeing before. I got a growler of Flower Power which was filled really well (CO2 purge, minimal headspace). Also got a comment my HF growler was “cute” - ok.
By the time we left the place was pretty busy. A good option to have in Ithaca, I think it might be better suited for visiting with a group than some of the places on the Commons. I just hope they turn out some interesting new beers in addition to their standard lineup.