I met Ian at the newly remodeled bar at Lucky Hare, just off Route 414 in Hector.
We talked about the renovations and the series of Wild Hare beers they’re brewing to celebrate. The first is the Wild Hare Kriek, made with locally picked tart cherries from Tango Oaks Farm in Wickham. It goes through a three-month process called carbonic maceration. It’s worth the wait! Lots of cherry flavor, but also lots of beer flavor. Next in the series will be a Flanders Red, made with the same cherries. Lucky Hare also brought back a classic, Glen Ale, like at Watkins Glen. This is a 1930s recipe using malted corn and two row malt from Murmuration Malts in Bloomfield. It’s made in partnership with nearby Finger Lakes Distilling. It is a smooth and easy to drink 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 Imperial Russian beer time, try their “I am the Liquor” barrel-aged Russian beer. Trailer Park Boys fans will get the name.
There is a covered and heated outdoor patio with a great view of Seneca Lake. Not really meant for a five degree day, but there were some warm souls trying it. If you want to eat with your beers, Babe’s Burger is on hand with of course burgers, but also dishes like their pork butt fries. I’m already making plans to go back. Stop by for Sunday brunch from 11am-3pm in the winter or finish your Thursday with Mama Sue’s chili and a pint of Glen Ale.
Lucky Hare also has a location in Ithaca and breaking news, they will soon be at Watkins Glen.
The atmosphere is laid back, welcoming and dog friendly. It’s located on the densest stretch of breweries, wineries, and distilleries in the Finger Lakes, so make Lucky Hare your starting or ending point for a fun road trip on the east side of Seneca Lake.
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