Chicken & Pickin’ Wednesday’s in Watkins Glen

Wednesday nights at the Crooked Rooster Brewpub in Watkins Glen used to be known as Wing night. Chicken and Pickin’ became the name when Jess from the band, Los Finsteros, offered to add an Acoustic Jam to the Wednesday night menu. Each week musicians come in and casually set up in the window with all sorts of instruments including guitars, wash-tub bass, harmonicas, fiddles and Jess’s own Moondaloon – a handmade creation modeled after a mandolin.Jess is now one of at least three musicians who have dubbed themselves: Vinnie and the Vinenots.With a great sense of free self expression, creativity and natural talent these entertainers invite locals, tourists and anyone who happens in the Brewpub on Wednesday nights between 6:30 and 9:30 to strike a chord with them, sing a song, dance a jig or just enjoy the great southwest menu, chicken wings, and fresh craft ale.The Crooked Rooster Brewpub is the only Brewpub in the Finger Lakes and is the home of the recently expanded Rooster Fish Brewing Company. “Fresh crafted beer is a natural fit for the region since so many people visit each year to taste and sample what we have to offer,” said Doug Thayer, owner and brewer. Doug likes to joke that the Seneca Lake Wine Trail is “29 wineries and one brewpub.” He is working quickly to get his new 10 barrel brew system installed so that he can move his brewing operation out of the bakery upstairs and into the newly remodeled Brewpub. Black Walnut Ale and Butternut Pale Ale, which he has made for over a year, have been very popular. He is eager to try out some new recipes soon.Visitors who have had a chance to stop by while Doug is working would agree that his passion is evident as his eyes sparkle when he talks about his new adventure. A brewpub was part of his original business plan when he opened the Wildflower Cafe, next door, 15 years ago. With the growth of the Craft Beer industry, the success of the Finger Lakes wineries and the developing tastebuds of so many travelers, the timing seems to be ideal. For more information about the Crooked Rooster Brewpub check out beer reviewer, Lew Bryson’s website: www.lewbryson.com or contact JoAnn at the Crooked Rooster and the Wildflower Cafe at 607-535-9797.


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