The Brewery of Broken Dreams- Hammondsport, NY
After lunch at the Village Tavern in Hammondsport, NY we drove to the West side of Lake Keuka to try one more winery. Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars is the most famous winery in these parts. We were there at 4pm on a Wednesday so it wasn’t too crowded.
The sparking wine here was my favorite, although they have many odd grapes. Dr. Frank planted grapes from all over the world in around the Finger Lakes to see what would grow since it was a new crop for the region. I tried wines made with grapes originally from Georgia (the country), Siberia, Central Europe, and more. The Georgian wine was my favorite from the unique grape category.
Again with the great views of Keuka Lake this time from the West.
BC contemplating life on Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars’ front porch:
The car ride back to Hammondsport was adventurous. The GPS took us to a road closed for construction so we ended up slightly lost. It was fun to look at all the lake houses and BC gained some gravel road driving experience.
The Brewery of Broken Dreams is near the downtown of Hammondsport- maybe a 2 minute drive from the square. The owners, Doug and Shelly, met us for beer flights in the adorable tasting room. This tasting ended up being my favorite of the entire trip.
Back at our first brewery stop of the trip at Heavily Brewing Company in Montour Falls one of our favorites from that tasting came from this brewery. We did not remember that until we tried it and both were “oohing” and “ahhing” over it. I went back to my iPhone and found the names of our favorites and it was BC’s favorite and my second favorite- Floating Leaf Brown Porter Ale.
Normally I’m not a huge fan of Porters but this was really light and just amazing. My other favorite was the Summer Blues Wheat Ale. Again, not usually a wheat beer fan but this one was a perfect summer beer.
Dave and Shelly are working hard at succeeding in the brewing field and have a delicious product. If you are ever in the area make sure you stop by to sample the awesomeness. We left Brewery of Broken Dreams after purchasing our own growler of the Floating Leaf Porter. Beer on the porch tonight for us.
And then it was time to eat again. Shockingly, we were hungry. Dinner was at Union Block Italian Bistro in the square of Hammondsport. I was expecting a lot because everyone we spoke with asked if we had dinner plans. When we said Union Block- everyone told us what to order and all about it’s amazingness (that is a word, right?)
The best garlic bread with real roasted garlic- we ate two baskets!
The appetizer platter- bruschetta, dolomas, sausage stuffed tomatoes, hummus and garlic crostini, and salad. The bruschetta was the bomb- I may have stolen BC’s piece :/
Again, we skipped the booze due to a growler awaiting us at the Keuka Lakeside Inn. There was no need anyway since we stuffed ourselves.
BC ordered the amazing $14 pasta, salad, bread- all you can eat special. He ordered the rigatoni with meatballs.
I had the eggplant parmesan. The red sauce was amazing. We brought home 90% of the pasta entrees for leftovers. Giant portions!
The rest of our evening was spent nursing our food babies along Keuka Lake at the Keuka Lakeside Inn. The Inn had the most amazing location. Our view:
Tomorrow we are kayaking on Keuka Lake before heading to Corning, New York- our last stop on our Finger Lakes journey.
***While our trip was sponsored, all opinions are my own!***