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Life in the Finger Lakes: A Warm Welcome at Noble Shepherd Craft Brewery

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“…a fantastic atmosphere to be a part of!”

By Jim Moore, Chief Finger Lakes Enthusiast,

Our recent visit to Noble Shepherd Craft Brewery at 7853 State Route 20A, Bloomfield, NY, marked our first introduction to this charming establishment, and it left an indelible and positive impression.

Entering the taproom we noticed the rustic yet warmly inviting decor. Lots of wood, and an eclectic array of interesting barroom kitsch. The brewery’s warm ambiance immediately made us feel right at home and  set the tone for a relaxed and enjoyable experience. 

Moving to the bar to review the menus and to order our drinks, we were greeted by a friendly and knowledgeable bar staff. Their enthusiasm for the craft was evident, and they were more than happy to guide us through their impressive selection of beers and ales.

We selected a flight of their brews that included a couple of types we would not regularly order. One particular brew that stood out was the Vanilla & Coffee Bean Stout. Now, we must admit we’re not typically stout enthusiasts, but this one was a delightful surprise. It was rich, full-bodied, and bursting with flavor, making converts out of us.

As we enjoyed our beverages, we couldn’t help but notice the good folks around us that filled the bar. From regulars to seeming first-timers like us, everyone seemed to share the same cheerful, open spirit. It was a fantastic atmosphere to be a part of.  

We learned that what makes Noble Shepherd even more special is its story. The brewery is a labor of love owned and operated by husband and wife, Tony and Jessica Moringello of Macedon, New York. Their two young sons, Samuel and Benjamin, have even inspired some of the beer names on tap.

Tony, the head brewer, draws from his previous experience as an executive chef to create unique beer recipes. Growing up in an Italian household, he developed a deep appreciation for ingredients and flavors, which now informs his brewing process.

The idea for Noble Shepherd Craft Brewery was born after a cooking competition fundraiser. Tony’s dish representing ingredients from France was paired with a champagne-infused beer that stole the show. The demand for his beer and his gift for crafting distinctive flavors laid the foundation for Noble Shepherd.

The brewery’s name carries special meaning. The “Noble” part harkens back to the beer that first inspired Tony, Noble Rot by Dogfish Head Brewing Company. “Shepherd” signifies the faith that Tony and Jessica discovered while living on Shepherd Street in Rochester, leading them to embark on this journey.

In conclusion, our visit to Noble Shepherd Craft Brewery was a delightful experience filled with great company, warm hospitality, and, of course, exceptional beer. It’s a testament to the creativity and passion of its owners and brewers. We’re eagerly looking forward to our next visit, and we encourage you to discover the charm of Noble Shepherd for yourselves.

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