As far as fermentable favorites go, The Finger Lakes is no longer just about wine. The region is also producing some of the best quality brews and spirits in New York State, and this tour is all about showing all of them off to you! On this seven-hour tour, we will visit a distillery, a winery, and a brewery, all of which focus on high-quality craftsmanship to make the best of each of their genres.
The first stop will be Finger Lakes Distilling. One of the distillers will take you down into the distillery and go through the process of creating their unique and hand-crafted spirits. From boiling and fermenting to distilling and aging, you will learn what it takes to make bourbons, whiskeys, clear spirits, and liqueurs. After the tour, the group will get a private tasting with each person being able to choose their favorite spirit within flights featuring their clear spirits, whiskeys, and liqueurs. Your guides will present you with a special local food pairing to feature with one of the items within the flights.
After the distillery, enjoy lunch at Stonecat Cafe, where you will enjoy a regional lunch paired with a tasting of one of Stone Cat’s specialty “Garden to Glass” cocktails featuring Finger Lakes Distilling Spirits and Finger Lakes Wine. To view an example lunch menu, click on the following link: Stonecat Cafe Example Lunch Menu
Next, sample a wine tasting with custom food pairings at Damiani Wine Cellars. At Damiani, we will feature their wines paired with locally-made chocolates that were designed by the chocolatier specifically to go with Damiani’s fine wines.
Our final stop of the day is Lucky Hare Brewing Company where you will experience a custom flight of their fabulous handcrafted brews. Learn about the brewing process that goes into their different styles of beer and end the tasting with a food pairing designed by Lucky Hare’s chef just for our group.
**On Tuesday’s, this tour will visit Two Goats Brewery as the last stop rather than Lucky Hare. Both Lucky Hare & Two Goats are closed on Monday’s, so this tour may visit Wagner Valley Brewing Company as the last stop.**
Join us on this unique tour of fermented flavors of the Finger Lakes!
Price: $145.00 per person. This price includes the transportation, tasting fees, added services, lunch, and special food pairings. All tours are public tours and require a minimum of 5 total guests in order to run the tour at the listed price. Alternate pricing and touring options are available for tours that do not meet this minimum.
A 12% service charge will be added to reservations with 8 or more guests. If you book online, you will receive an updated confirmation email containing that extra charge within 2 business days. If you have any questions you can reach our office at 607-233-4818, Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM.
Departure Locations: (This tour runs from 11am-6pm – please note the time the tour starts depends on your pick-up time)
La Tourelle Hotel & Spa, 1150 Danby Rd., Ithaca, NY
The Hotel Ithaca, 222 South Cayuga Street, Ithaca NY
Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, 16 North Franklin St., Watkins Glen NY
If you have any questions about our tours, check out our FAQ’s page! If you can’t find the answer to your question, you can contact us at 607-233-4818 or [email protected]
**Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or special considerations, and we will do our best to accommodate you. Experience! The Finger Lakes and our partners will make every effort to accommodate dietary restrictions; however, there is no guarantee that we will be able to accommodate all food intolerances/special diets due to the special food pairings we provide with the tastings. It is the guest’s responsibility to let Experience! The Finger Lakes know if they have any food allergies or restrictions when they book a tour. In some cases, we may be able to switch out food selections for you.**