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   Roosterfish Brewing's first official beer was unveiled
   at the Crooked Rooster and Wildflower Café in 2004.
Rooster Fish Brewing
   Roosterfish Ales - brewed in Watkins Glen, NY.

 

History of Roosterfish Brewing

Roosterfish Brewing’s history begins in 1990 when the Wildflower Café was founded by owner Doug Thayer.  A microbrewery was in the original plans for the business but was not feasible at the time due to the high cost of equipment and space.  The Wildflower Café had enormous success, which helped the inspiration for the Crooked Rooster Brewpub’s opening in 1998, again founded by Doug Thayer.  Throughout the running of these side-by-side businesses, Doug always had brewing on his mind and began to experiment in 2002 with home brewing.  Receiving excellent feedback on his brews from several beer aficionados, Roosterfish Brewing’s first official beer, Black Walnut Nut Brown Ale (now known as Original Nut Brown Ale) was unveiled at the Crooked Rooster and Wildflower Café in 2004.  This was shortly followed with the Butternut Pale Ale, now known as Dog Tooth Pale Ale.  The drastic name changes occurred because the originals were rejected due to “implied ingredients” that weren’t actually present in the beers.

Large success of the beers in the now Roosterfish Brewing Brewpub, hand-in-hand with great feedback from several different beer connoisseurs, led to the start of distribution in late 2006.  It proved largely successful and can now be found in higher-end bars and restaurants in several areas of New York State, including the Buffalo, Rochester, Ithaca, Binghamton, Elmira, Corning, and Southern Tier areas.  Distribution of Roosterfish Brewing’s beer is still rapidly expanding and growing and will soon be found in more and more areas of the state.

Roosterfish Brewing currently runs on a ten barrel specific mechanical system, using organic ingredients and crisp Seneca Lake water.  The future brewing site, the old firehouse on Main Street of Watkins Glen, New York, was purchased in 2007 and will house a larger brewing system.   Plans are in the making for drastic renovations and will allow Roosterfish Brewing to continue expansion, and even include a bottling line in the not-so-distant future.

 
Behind the Business  

Doug Thayer:  Owner/Founder/Brewmaster

Doug has been behind the business since the opening of The Wildflower Café in 1990.  He has tried endless beers but keeps coming back to the Nut Brown.  He has two grown children, Nicholas and Sara, & two grandchildren. Doug grew up in Pembroke, New York and moved to Watkins Glen in 1986 to found his restaurant and brewery business.

Doug Thayer Brewmaster

 

Trevor Margeson:  Head Chef of Roosterfish Brewpub

Trevor has been in the restaurant business for eight years and has been the head chef of Roosterfish Brewing for two and a half years.  He has recently found an interest in home brewing and has become nearly famous for his Double Rubber Porter.  Trevor enjoys drinking good beer and just loves long, windy walks on the beach.

Trevor Margeson Chef

 

Rooster Fish Brewing began as nothing more than an experiment, with our brewmaster making the very first batch of Original Nut Brown right here in the same bakery where we scratch make all of our breads and desserts. That was 2004.

Now, Rooster Fish is one of the Finger Lakes’ most recognizable brands, and after several expansions and many new recipes, our award winning ales can be found across New York and Ohio, with new places to come as we grow.

Although we are now much larger than our humble beginnings, we still brew with the same ideals that we started with: we genuinely have fun with the brewing process, every beer is crafted by hand in small batches, and we take pride in every batch that is brewed.

We are excited and proud to present our hand-crafted house-made ales to you, here where it all started. Cheers.

Aspen Wit Ale
Aspen Wit Ale
Belgian Style Wheat

Aspen Wit Ale

Brewed with Pilsen malt, wheat malt and unmalted wheat. Flavored with “gruit”, a combination of coriander, orange and bitter orange. White, crisp, refreshing, and unlike its namesake, no bite!


Firehouse Blonde Ale
Firehouse Blonde
Blonde Ale

Firehouse Blonde

Refreshing! Light! Firehouse Blonde has a restrained fruitiness and slight bitterness. Great with spicy foods!


Summer Sky Hefeweizen
Summer Sky Hefeweizen
Bavarian Style Hefeweizen

Summer Sky Hefeweizen

You can distinctly smell and taste a banana flavor with a clove finish produced by the yeast. In Germany, Hefeweizen is a breakfast beer.


Wee Heavy Scotch Ale
Wee Heavy
Scotch Ale

Wee Heavy Scotch Ale

A sweet and malty scotch ale, with very slight bitterness and restrained hoppiness - it’s just a wee heavy. Great with fruits, pork, and the bagpipes.


Mysterious Amber
Mysterious Amber
Amber Ale

Mysterious Amber

Caramel in color, you can taste notes of apricot and freshly baked bread - what do you think? Try it with a burger or steak!


Tripel Witch Ale
Triple Witch
Belgian Style Ale

Tripel Witch Ale

With a touch of sweetness from Belgian candy sugar, you’ll taste plum and a bit of spice in a very mellow, well balanced strong ale.


Dog Tooth Pale Ale
Dog Tooth Pale Ale
Pale Ale "Butternut Pale Ale"

Dog Tooth Pale Ale

A traditional English Style dry pale ale with pleasant maltiness and flavorful hoppiness. A true beer drinker’s dream.


Hop Warrior Imperial IPA
Hop Warrior
Imperial IPA

Hop Warrior Imperial IPA

100+ IBU, lots of maltiness and 8%+ ABV! A very tasty full flavored ale. It has earned the tag line “Watch out for the Warrior!” This one costs more for your own protection!


Original Dark Nut Brown
Original Dark Nut Brown
"Black Walnut Nut Brown Ale"

Original Dark Nut Brown

A rich, dark nut brown, it has deep flavors of roasted barley and chocolate. Not so bitter, very smooth. Great with steak. Great with cake. Great alone.


Raven Black IPA
Raven
Black IPA

Raven Black IPA

Nothing traditional here! An IPA brewed with Black Patent Malt. Dry hopped. Very complex flavors.


Rooster Fish Seasonal Ales
It Depends
 

Rooster Fish Seasonal Ales

Ask your server about our selection of seasonal ales currently on tap!

 




 
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