By David Diehl
Birdhouse Brewery’s Looner Lager may just be the perfect Thanksgiving Leftover lager. Located off of Honeoye Lake, Birdhouse has just added this Vienna style lager to their catalog and co-owner Greg Searles feels that the brew’s toasted bread character and crisp finish will be a great compliment to whatever eats made it through to Friday.
“This is a versatile beer that would pair great with just about anything,” Searles said. “With its low ABV and its autumn-worthy characteristics, it may be best to enjoy it post-holiday: such as a charcuterie tray of turkey, smoked ham, mild pepper jack cheese, and crackers.”
Birdhouse has reaped the benefits of our bountiful region as the Vienna and Munich malts are from Murmuration and Drumlin Hop Farm (Bristol) provided the Willamette hops.
“It’s pretty exciting to be in a region of Upstate NY where we are able to source quality ingredients within 10-15 minutes of our brewery,” Searles says.
Now, on the fast track to winter weather and indoor seating hanging in the balance, Birdhouse is locked and loaded to accommodate the dedicated beer drinker in their heated tents. They have even produced four new firepits, so patrons can “bundle up with a blanket and enjoy a beer while sitting next to a roaring fire as snowflakes fall from above,” as Searles likes to put it.
Open Wednesday through Sunday, Birdhouse will be offering all of their beers, including the Looner Lager, in crowlers and growlers to go, as well as takeout food.
Birdhouse Brewing; 8716 Main St, Honeoye, NY 14471; birdhousebrewing.beer
A Hobart & William Smith Colleges graduate, David Diehl spent over a decade in Brooklyn and is excited to be back and taking on Finger Lakes craft beer reviews and commentaries for EdibleFingerLakes.com. He has also been published in Inked Magazine, YRB Magazine, Nerve.com, and The Finger Lakes Times. You can follow his work at FLXWORDS.com.