Thanks Dan. Sounds like a great place to check out. Here's a link to Bear World's website . I counted 73 different craft breweries represented. And there are almost as many foreign breweries as well. Pretty impressive. It's located at 22093 US Route 11, Watertown, NY - across from the Seaway Plaza.
We just returned from a trip to Michigan and Indiana while Dan and Shelly traveled to Pennsylvania. While there, we took in the sights as well as a couple of breweries and a restaurant unique for what it DOESN'T have.
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So all this talk of sand made us thirsty, which required a trip to the nearby New Holland Brewery. Unfortunately the brewery only does tours on weekends and we wouldn't be there, so we went to their brewpub for a tasty meal and a wide selection of beers. I sampled a number of them. Their Dragon's Milk Imperial Stout was outstanding. At 10% ABV it's a big, bold, full-bodied sippin' beer. Their Imperial Hatter (a souped up version of their Mad Hatter IPA) was also excellent. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed their Lights Out Black Belgian as well; a mild, smooth stout-like beer. Poet Oatmeal Stout was also a solid addition, strong on chocolate, coffee and toffee notes. The lightest of the bunch was their Full Circle Kolsch. It's a light, yellow beer - clear and light, but finishes with a nice hop crispness.
I chatted a bit with bar boss Phil Thomson. I wondered when their brews might find their way into the Central New York area. He said they are in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and have plans to get into New York in the near future. I'm hoping they will. Perhaps they'll contact us and we can highlight their brewery when they make the move. Who knows?
On my way out I picked up a bottle of el Mole Ocho. An interesting beer we'll check out at the next beer club.
After dinner we adjourned to the bar where I met Wally the Bartender (Walter Ruston who writes a blog of his own). Here I learned an interesting fact: The Mark and sister eatery Uptown Kitchen do not carry any InBev, Miller/Coors products. At all! None. Zip. Nada. The beers on tap and in bottles are all craft beers. Pretty gutsy, knowing the pressure the big boys put on restaurants to carry their stuff. Wally told me of a time when a Bud rep and his wife stopped in for dinner. When he learned there was no A-B beers available, he stormed out. I thought that was pretty cool.
At the bar I got a chance to sample some amazing beers, including one of the top 10 beers in the world - St. Bernardus ABT 12 Quadruple.
I also sampled:
3 Floyds Gorch Foch, a light Helles which is an easy drinking, pleasant beer.
Bourgagne Des Flanders Sour Ale - a really different beer for sure. Very tart with a taste of sweet fruit, cherry and fig.
Of course, you can't be in South Bend without checking out Notre Dame University which, conveniently, was just across the street, more or less, from The Mark. It is quite an impressive place, with two lakes and a golf course.
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Many of these we have reviewed in previous posts as Troegs is one of those breweries that isn't shy with the hops and therefore is a favorite of the BOTB guys.
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