I met Ian at Lucky Hare’s newly-renovated taproom, just off Route 414 in Hector.
We talked about the renovations and the Wild Hare series of beers they’re brewing to celebrate. The first is the Wild Hare Kriek, made with locally picked tart cherries from Wickham’s Tango Oaks Farm. It goes through a three month process called carbonic maceration. It’s worth the wait! Lots of cherry flavor, but plenty of beer flavor as well. Next in the series will be a Flanders Red, made with the same cherries. Lucky Hare has also brought back a classic, the Glen Ale, as in Watkins Glen. This is a 1930s recipe using malted corn and two row malt from Murmuration Malts in Bloomfield. It’s done in partnership with nearby Finger Lakes Distilling. It’s a smooth, easy drinking beer. Give one to your friend who doesn’t think he likes craft beer. If, like me, you think the only good thing about cold weather is that it’s Russian Imperial Stout time, try their “I am the Liquor” barrel-aged Russian. Fans of Trailer Park Boys will get the name.
There’s a covered, heated outdoor deck with a great view of Seneca Lake. Not really meant for a five degree day, but there were some hearty souls trying it out. If you want food with your brews, Babe’s Burger is on site with of course, burgers, but also items like their pork butt fries. I’m already making plans to go back. Stop by for Sunday brunch from 11-3 during the winter or cap off your Thursday with Mama Sue’s chili and a pint of Glen Ale.
Lucky Hare also has an Ithaca location and breaking news, they’ll soon be in Watkins Glen.
The atmosphere is laid back, welcoming and dog-friendly. It’s located on the most densely-packed stretch of breweries, wineries and distilleries in the Finger Lakes, so make Lucky Hare your starting or ending spot for a fun east side of Seneca Lake road trip.