Politicians and public figures of old demonstrated passion and deep thought when it came to leadership and... their favorite beverages?
It was Martin Luther, father of the Reformation, who first observed, "Beer is made by men, wine by God." Benjamin Franklin retorted (indirectly, and several centuries later, but retorted nonetheless), "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." Eventually, Lincoln nobly and democratically reclaimed beer solely on behalf of the masses, saying, "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts -- and beer." Oh, and Sam Adams? Well, that one just did his own thing.
Call these men and their modern-day, craft-brew-enthused counterparts what you will -- hopheads, beer snobs, connoisseurs -- but none can deny the revolutionary results of their lofty and complex evolution. Long story short, if you live in an area where people philosophize about the artful, centuries-old process behind brewing, you're lucky. If you don't, you should probably explore the Adirondack Coast.
Microbreweries continue to pop up with frequency throughout the region, serving up celebrated brews, hearty eats, and a hefty dose of unique, local perspective; in fact, rumor has it, even Commodore Macdonough couldn't resist investigating all the merriment (make sure to ask about Macdonough's Ghost when you stop in at PBCo.!).
All manner of travelers, from near or far, will find something to excite their palettes -- without driving fifteen minutes from our prime shopping attractions at Champlain Centre. Pay a visit to any of the destinations below when you find yourself craving a savory brew, and discover our beloved coast while you're at it.
411 Route 3, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
PBCo. brewmaster Jay Stoyanoff spent more than a decade refining his art form, gaining industry know-how at some of the nation's leading craft breweries, like Smuttynose Brewing Co. and Redhook Ale Brewing. Now, his very own Plattsburgh Brewing Company, located conveniently within the town's Comfort Inn, boasts the slogan "Fresh brews, fresh food!" guaranteeing an original tasting experience.
Valcour Brewing Company
49 Ohio Ave, Plattsburgh, NY 12903
The region's most recent brewery repurposes the historic "Old Stone Barracks" at the Oval, Plattsburgh's former Air Force base. Patrons are encouraged to browse through the site, appreciating local artifacts while sampling craft beers made from NY malted barley and hops.
697 Bear Swamp Road Peru, NY 12972
Livingood's evokes the stuff of legends with a quote from J.R.R. Tolkien gracing its website's banner: "If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." Travelers in search of a triple threat will find enough food, beer, and musical entertainment here to convince them, once and for all, Tolkien was right: not all those who wander are lost -- and especially not on Tuesdays, when patrons can choose four local craft brews for $4.00 during Flight Night.
Whether you're looking for somewhere to unwind after a day of adventuring, or simply want a place to relax with family and friends over dinner and drinks, the above options will surely provide an evening of epic portions! Err, and proportions, too.