I was all set to make my Friday Lame Post when Steven said, “Write about our tastings!” So I will.
Earlier today, I thought we were into the relaxing portion of the day (full disclosure: we have been pretty relaxed all week since I’ve been off work). I knew there was a wine tasting at Valley Wine and Liquor in Herkimer, but I don’t have to go to every possible wine tasting. Then I saw on Facebook that Beer Belly Bob was having a beer tasting. I don’t have to go to every possible beer tasting either, but all of a sudden, going to two tastings sounded like a fun thing to do! I put my jewelry (and my bra) (please do NOT tell me TMI!) back on and off we went.
The wine tasting only featured two wines: Harken Chardonnay and Exitus, a red blend. The lady pouring (I stupidly did not ask her name) said the Chardonnay was buttery but not too oaky. I’m not nuts about buttery Chardonnays, but I gave it a try. I felt it was distinctive, not too buttery, but I wasn’t nuts about it. The Exitus, though, was yummy. It was Bourbon barrel aged so had a higher alcohol content, 16 percent. Yikes! Well, just a small taste was fine. We purchased a bottle, which we will save for a special occasion.
On to Route 51 Beer Belly Bob’s Discount Beverage Center in Ilion! I mention as an aside: this was our second trip to Ilion for booze. Earlier we went to Ilion Wine and Spirits for a bottle of Barefoot Pinot Noir, one of my favorites. One reason we like Ilion Wine and Spirits is that they are big supporters of Ilion Little Theatre. All kinds of local shout-outs today!
Adirondack Brewery was offering samples today. A few people were already enjoying tastes. I right away grabbed a cracker and some Original Herkimer Cheese Spicy Tomato Chutter, which was on the bar. I loves me some Original Herkimer Cheese!
Stacy (I remembered to ask her name) poured us some Hefeweizer. She was very good at keeping track of who had tasted what, pouring for several people at once as she was. We liked the Hefeweizer as well as the Bobcat Pilsner we tried next. Those were our favorites, although we also tried and liked Bear Naked Amber, Tangerine Dream Dirty Pale Ale, Wildest Dreams, and Bear Wizz Root Beer. I took detailed notes about each of these. At least, I took notes. But I guess it is still Lame Post Friday, because I’m not going to go on about them.
We purchased a mixed 12-pack, because that was the only way our two favorites were available. I considered purchasing some of the root beer, because I thought it would make a great float with chocolate ice cream, but regular beer won. I’ll keep the Bear Wizz in mind for future purchases.
We are now back home. I fixed a quick dinner, and we are definitely back to the relaxing portion of the evening. Happy Friday, everyone.