I did one traditional Father’s Day thing on Sunday: I bought my Dad beer. This gave me the opportunity to go to a new business in Ilion, Route 51 Beer Belly Bob’s Discount Beverage Center. I think Beer Belly Bob is cool.
One reason I went is, I knew Beer Belly Bob carries Labatt’s Ice, which I know my Dad likes, and I like too. I know, being Mohawk Valley Girl, as I am, it would have been nice to bring Dad something brewed locally, but I don’t know of anything Dad likes of that nature. We’ll have to go tasting together sometime and see if we can’t find something.
I found the Labatt’s Ice in the cooler, apparently only available in a 30-pack. Well, I could help Dad drink it. I’m helpful that way. It was a little heavy for me to carry, but this was a Father’s Day present. I persevered.
There was a line at the register. It was not a long one, but seemed so because I was carrying a 30-pack. I set it on the floor. Waiting in line also gave me a chance to look at the signs advertising upcoming beer tastings. They have a very nice tasting room. Regular readers know I love to taste. Sam Adams on June 22, Founders Brewing and Ithaca Brewery on June 23, both 5 to 7 p.m. Yay, I love Sam Adams! I feel so patriotic when I drink it.
While moving my beer as the line moved, I dropped my car keys and didn’t even notice (and I had NOT had any beer yet!). The lady in line ahead of me nicely picked them up for me. She asked me if they sold ice.
“I don’t know, ” I said, looking around for a machine. Then I saw a sign in the window. It was facing out, but I can read backwards. “Oh, yes, there’s a sign: ‘We sell ice.'”
As they checked out, I remarked on how much beer the lady and her husband had and said I might follow them home, which is what I often say to people I see carrying beer (full disclosure: I have never actually followed anybody home). They said they had some very thirsty people at their house. When the clerk handed the man the key to the ice machine, he said, “Oh, you’re giving me the keys to the car!”
I said, “Sure, you can take the car, because you haven’t drunk all this beer yet.”
I like to get into conversations with people in check-out lines. It adds interest to my shopping expeditions.
Beer Belly Bob’s is located at 70 Otsego St., Ilion, NY, phone number 315-895-0936. They are open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. You can Like them on Facebook, which also lists their beer tastings. See you there!