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"We tried dinner there on a Thursday a couple of weeks ago. It was very crowded, very loud and had TV sets everyplace - typical sports bar atmosphere. This seems to pack in the college students, but it left me cold.
My wife and I tried all 4 of the house beers. The fact that I can't remember what they were should tell you something. The fact that we sent two of them back and got Saranac instead should tell you more. All four are insipid and overfiltered, but not filtered well enough to hide the strong diacetyl aftertaste. I made better brew from kits when I first started homebrewing. If I made a batch as bad as the beer here, I'd feed it to the sink, not paying customers. The "brewery" here is obviously a "dump and stir" kit microbrewery run by someone who doesn't know what they're doing or doesn't give a damn.
The food was decent and reasonably priced, but unremarkable. My wife described her Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad as "uninspired" - with a skimpy amount of chicken and jerk seasoning over iceberg lettuce. I had the Muffaletta sandwich special, which was made with institutional grade lunchmeat and not enough muffaletta dressing. Oh, well; that's what I get for ordering a New Orleans specialty 50 miles from the Canadian border.
My advice is to leave The Distillery to the fake-ID and Millerwieser crowd. If you want good house beer drive to Rohrbach's or go to the MacGregor's in Canadaigua (the one in town tends to be crowded and noisy). If you want decent beer and good food, go to Flour City. For that matter, find any local restaurant that serves Ithaca, Middle Ages, Flying Buffalo, Saranac, Dogfish Head or Brooklyn beers. If you hanker for a more commercial product, settle in with a Genesee Cream Ale, which is made in Rochester. New York State is chock full of good breweries and brewpubs - but The Distillery isn't one of them."
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