Before I visited, I looked at the directions quickly and saw that it was off the Stew Leonard’s exit so I assumed it was near the big super market. Wrong. You have to take a service road that runs along 87 for a few hundred yards and then cross over the highway to the mall entrance. There was no sign indicating its location amongst the various clothing stores so it took a little searching to find. It is right under Dick’s Sporting Goods so just follows those signs and you’ll find it.
House Belgian Triple (9)
Trois Pistoles Belgian Strong Ale (9)
Golden Draak (10.5)
St Louis Frambois ( 4.5)
Our bartender, Brian, who previously ran The Bronx Ale House took us through the offerings. Generally, this sequence took us from less to more alcohol except for the frambois which a sweet after dinner beer. I really enjoyed the taste of the Draak though I thought it would be a little too strong if I drank a whole pint. My favorite Belgian was actually made in America in Cooperstown, NY . Ommegang makes great Belgium style beers and this saison ale is one of my favorites. It has a even blend of spice and bitterness and its ABV is not going to knock you out if you have more than one.
I also enjoyed the frambois so much that I ordered a Youngberry Chocolate for dessert. This is a blend of the raspberry frambois and Young’s Chocolate Stout which is, needless to say, heedonistic after trying 12 different beers with dinner. But you have to always keep in mind that I’m doing this so that you, my reader, can experience as much of the beer world as possible. So I’m actually drinking for “more than one” when I enter an establishment like this. Luckily, the samples were small and my brother was driving so no damage was done.