Trip to Abandon Brewing - A rare semi timely post. Made the trip to Abandon Brewing in Penn Yan yesterday. Have heard some good things on the web so was interested to check them out.
If I hadn’t seen some pictures online I would have been very put off by the complete lack of signage, both off the main road, and even to turn into the brewery. Pulled into an empty parking lot - not surprising for a Monday afternoon after Labor Day. The bartender hinted they might need to look at revising their hours now that the Keuka lake vacation crowd is gone.
I had a “Flagship” flight with the peppercorn saison, rye saison, pale ale, and porter. The saisons were both alright and featured some spice notes as you might expect. The pale ale was ok - a balanced version, not overly hoppy. The porter was the best of the bunch featuring just enough roast flavor to make it interesting without being overpowering. I skipped the “Woodshed” series as they were a little pricey and only the double IPA really interested me.
I did fill up 2 32 oz growlers - one with the farmhouse IPA and the other with the Berliner Weisse. I was torn on the Berliner, but figured having driven that far $7 was worth taking a shot on another new beer. On merit alone that fill should have been the porter.
So overall, the location is great, but not sure I’d make the 1 hr 45 min trip again for the beer alone. Would be very interesting to see how they operate in the winter time - the old barn they are located in didn’t seem to have any insulation at all. Abandon has recently started showing up on tap in Ithaca so that might be the best option to try something in the future without making the trip all the way to Penn Yan.