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Yes, I Like Beer

During Saturday’s murder mystery, I had the line, “Yes, that was me you saw at Beer Belly Bob’s.  Yes, I was tasting beer, and yes I bought some.  I like beer, all right?”  I don’t actually drink a whole lot of beer these days, but I do enjoy it.  I especially enjoy tasting different beers.  I had a chance to do that yesterday, when Steven and I went to the Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown, NY.

Oh, I see it is the Brewery Ommegang and not the Ommegang Brewery. My bad.

We have wanted to go to the brewery for some time now, but the one time we tried we could not find it.  That was the day we had not realized was Hall of Fame Weekend when we decided to go to Cooperstown.  Lots of traffic!  It worked out, though, as we discovered Pailshop Vineyards that day.  Sunday we purposely drove to Pailshop (I hope to write a blog post about that visit later this week).  While there, another nice couple tasting wine said they were headed to Ommegang next and we could follow them.  Yay!

The place was doing a booming business, as to be expected on a lovely October Sunday, but we found parking space without too much problem.  We opted not to take the tour or wait for a guided tasting, but to just sit at the bar and order a flight of beers.   I tried the Lovely Dark and Deep first and said it was, indeed lovely.  Steven liked to too but he does not care to drink a lot of dark beer at at time.  He preferred the Rare Vos Amber Ale, which I also enjoyed.

I thought the Nirvana was more flavorful than the Amber Ale.  Steven liked it as well.  He was not as fond of the Pale Sour, saying it had a sweet aftertaste.  I rather liked the aftertaste, finding it more tangy than sweet. However, I think I would not have liked it so much if I drank a lot of it.  Steven liked the Short Sleeve better than I did, although I thought it was OK.   Ultimately, Steven said he liked the Nirvana and Short Sleeve best.

I only took a couple of pictures.  I’d like to go there again to take the tour and enjoy a guided tasting.  I would also like to have lunch there.  Steven noticed that the portions were enormous.  Oh well, I can eat a lot.

This is a great guy to have a beer with.

I tried to get the quote on the wall in the picture:  “Fermentation may have been a greater discovery than fire,” David Rains Wallace.

I do love to sit at a bar and have a beer.

Brewery Ommegang is located at 656 Highway 33, Cooperstown, NY, phone number 607-544-1800.  Their website is http://www.ommegang.com/.  You can also Like them on Facebook.

 

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Meandering around the Marketplace

This picture didn’t turn out as clear as I had hoped.

I have driven by this old barn on Route 5 between Herkimer and Little Falls many times.  I guess it has always been an antique place, but I had never caught it when it was open.  Well, it has opened again as The Old Barn Marketplace, and I have been there twice.  Saturday I took a few pictures of Halloween stuff I thought I would share, in the spirit of the season.

Numerous vendors offer a variety of goods: furniture, collectibles, antiques, vintage clothing, artwork and more.  There is also a cafe, where I enjoyed a cup of coffee before I took a walk around.  The first thing that caught my eye was a delightful skeleton.

I gotta love a skeleton in a tie.

A larger group of Halloween stuff resided near the counter.  I tried to get a shot of the whole thing but don’t know how successful I was.

A fellow behind the counter was a little worried he’d gotten in the shot.

Apart from the Halloween stuff, The Old Barn Marketplace is a fascinating place.  I walked all around the first and second floors before discovering that here is also stuff in the basement.  I guess I should have taken more pictures.  In fact, the whole place deserves a better write-up than I seem to be giving it.  In my defense, it is Monday, the day I usually just Mentally Meander.  I can always write more about the Marketplace later.

The Old Barn Marketplace is located at 6266 State Rt. 5, Little Falls, NY, phone number 315-508-5254.  They are open every day from 10 .m. to 5 p.m. For more information, you can visit their Facebook page.

 

Moonshine Monday

Full disclosure:  It is not really Moonshine Monday.  I did not nor will I drink any moonshine today.  I’m a little sorry about that.  Today is one of those posts I make in haste before rehearsal, having once again failed to write anything earlier today.  I think it will be long on pictures and short on words.  That may be a good thing.  Let’s see what I can come up with…

I went to DikinDurt Distillery in Herkimer, NY  a while ago, so I could write about it for Mohawk Valley Living Magazine.  That issue came out today.  Noting that they did not use all the pictures I took, I thought I could use them here.  If you want to read the article, and the rest of the magazine, which is a wonderful publication, you can find them online: http://www.mohawkvalleyliving.com/.

Wouldn’t you love to have this in your house, with or without the moonshine?

This and the next picture were in the magazine.  However, I like them, I downloaded them, I’m sharing them.

Elizabeth Stack and Eric Boyer, co-owners of DikinDurt Distillery.

No, I did not have a sample from all those bottles of moonshine.  For one reason, they are only allowed to give you three 1/4 oz. shots.  The rules for distillery tasting rooms are much more strict than for winery tasting rooms (who me, sample every possible wine at a sitting?  Say it ain’t so!).

Kim suggested this shot, as it included the logo.

My friend, Kim, came with me when I visited.  We must return sometime soon with my husband, Steven.  For another reason, I might like to taste three different moonshines.

You can look through a window at where it all gets made.

 

I would also like to get a t-shirt.

I purchased a coffee mug when we were there.  The next time, I’ll probably buy some moonshine to put in my coffee, possibly Toasted Maple or Mohawk Valley Fire.

Kim did not fear the clear.

I close with another picture of Kim, because when you have a beautiful blond friend, it is nice to put her picture in a blog post.

DikinDurt Distillery is located at 115 Smith Rd., Herkimer, NY, phone number 315-868-1563, www.dikindurt.com.

 

Late, Lame, But at Least Local

I’m not even that late but thought I would throw that in, in the interests of alliteration (“In the Interests of Alliteration” would make a good title for a future blog post; I wonder if I will remember it).

It’s Friday, and I’m kind of glad it is, not that I expect the weekend to be any great shakes.  That’s OK, though, because I have been moving and shaking a bit too much on the weekends these days (see what I did there?).  However, I did a couple of things tonight to get my weekend started right.

First we went to a tasting at Valley Wine and Liquor.  I thought they were tasting 19 Crimes wine, one of my favorites, but it turned out to be High West Whiskey.  So we tried a little whiskey.  We had apple cider with Campfire Whiskey, lemonade with Double Rye, and American Prairie Bourbon all on its own.  I liked the last one best, but that may be because I prefer my whiskey straight, on the rocks or in a cup of coffee.

Next Steven and I went to dinner at Salvatore’s Pizzeria and Restaurant.  I had a Mediterranean Panini with eggplant, roasted red pepper, spinach, provolone, and pesto mayo.  Steven had a fried fish sandwich with fries.  Yum!  While we ate, we enjoyed watching the workers behind the counter making pizzas.  They were very busy yet so cool and competent.

I guess this is not a proper shout-out to either business.  Still, if I put in links, I think it’ll do.  What do you want from me on lame Post Friday?  Happy weekend, everyone.

 

Return to the Tavern

I confess to knowing an impulse to make this blog All Monster Movies All The Time, but then I wouldn’t really be Mohawk Valley Girl, would I?  With that in mind, I give a shout-out to Gerber’s 1933 Tavern in Utica, NY, a really wonderful place for drinks, food and fun.

I first went to Gerber’s a few months ago, for a Prohibition Party (perhaps you read my blog post about it).   I had been wanting to take Steven there ever since.  When we met our friends Phyllis and Jim to celebrate their anniversary, we discovered they had never been there either.  We went and had a blast.

The tavern used to be a speakeasy during prohibition.  It still looks old-fashioned and cozy, with a tin ceiling and beautiful woodwork.  We found a table and perused the menus.

You can see the beautiful ceiling.

I had my Tablet with me so took a few pictures.

This is the happy couple.

Naturally I had to get one of the anniversary couple.  Phyllis and Jim are two of the all-time coolest people ever.  Jim has been in a number of theatrical endeavors with me and/or Steven.  In fact, we met them through Ilion Little Theatre.  Let’s hear it for community theatre!

Me and Phyllis, toasting friendship.

I had been looking at the red chairs while we ate, then asked Steven to take a picture of me and Phyllis in them.

Steven and Jim with our bartender, Larry.

Of course, I also wanted a picture of the guys.  I included our bartender, Larry, who I declared to be our New Best Friend.  Yes, I had consumed a couple of glasses if Pinot Grigio when I made the declaration.  Don’t judge me.  Incidentally, it was Thirsty Owl Pinot Grigio, a Finger Lakes wine.  I have to love a tavern that serves New York State wines.

Gerber’s 1933 Tavern is located at 16 Liberty St., Utica.  For more information you can visit their website at gerbers1933tavern.com.

 

Fun at the Waterfront

I believe I mentioned Steven and I were visited by our good friend Tracy in the last few days.  We began our delightful visit with a trip to the Waterfront Grille at Gems Along the Mohawk  in Herkimer, NY.  It is one of my favorite Sunday afternoon things to do (and one I rarely get to indulge in), to sit at the bar and order drinks and appetizers.  We were happy to find seats at the bar.  Steven and I ordered some Chardonnay, but Tracy needed to put a little more thought into her drink order.  She is not as huge a wine-o-phile (oenophile, but I mispronounce that word) as I am.

Two of my favorite people, yes.

Here is a shot of Steven and Tracy enjoying themselves.  I was enjoying myself, too.  For one reason, the bartender, Meghan, asked me how my blog was going.  She remembered me and that I wrote a blog!  I felt famous.

Our delightful bartender, with a shot of the bar (no pun intended).

Meghan was making a joke with another patron as I took this picture.  I also wanted to include the slogan, “Life’s too short to drink the house wine.”  Actually, I find many house wines are perfectly potable as well as being within my price range.  I think life is too short not to drink wine.  That is, if you like wine.  To each his own, as the old lady said when she kissed the cow.

We ordered bacon wrapped scallops and steamed clams.  We split two appetizers among the three of us in order to save room for dessert.  Steven and I do not always order dessert, but Tracy is something of a bad influence on us.  That is another reason we like it when she comes to visit.

Steven enjoys being out with two beautiful women.

Steven insisted on taking a picture of Tracy and me.  I confess, I do not always enjoy looking at pictures of myself.  However, some people seem to think I am somewhat good-looking.  Why should I call them liars?

I thought I ought to get at least one shot of the brown water. It is still showing the effects of the recent flooding the area has experienced.

 

Another outdoor shot.

After eating and drinking, we wandered into the Retail Stores.  I especially like looking at the Herkimer Diamond jewelry.  I also picked up a few postcards to send to the folks I send postcards to.

Gems Along the Mohawk is located at 800 Mohawk St., Herkimer, NY.  The Waterfront Grille’s phone number is 315-717-0700. The number for the retail stores  is 315-717-0077.

 

 

 

That Hit the (Knight) Spot

Tonight my husband Steven suggested we get some dinner at The Knight Spot in Frankfort, NY.  Since I felt I needed a further excuse than, “Good idea!” I said, “I’ll write a blog post about it!”  Score!

I’ve written about The Knight Spot.  It is a coffee shop, restaurant and ice cream parlor with a comfortable family atmosphere.  We’ve been there on many occasions for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and afternoon ice cream sundaes (guess which one’s my favorite).   When we decided to go tonight for dinner, my first thought was patty melt and chocolate shake.  Yum!

Then I thought that might not be the best choice for my weight-loss goals.  I looked over the whole menu twice and decided a salad was just not going to cut it for me (although I have enjoyed their antipasto on occasion).  I liked the Tuesday special of two Hoffman hot dogs. Steven suggested we get that and split it.  We both decided to get a macaroni salad on the side.  Ignoring my weight loss goals, I also ordered a small Yuengling draft.  Hey, at least I got a small one!  Steven had coffee.

The food was delicious.  I had asked for provolone cheese and onions on my hot dog and added mustard, while Steven had mustard and relish.  The buns were perfectly toasted.  The macaroni salad was so good, it didn’t even need salt.

We were delighted with our dinner, which was also very reasonably priced.  The Knight Spot is located at 264 E. Main St., Frankfort, NY, phone number 315-894-4054.  You can Like them on Facebook.