I headed over to Canton New York yesterday and popped in a few shops to make sure I have Baby Ruth Halloween bars and I was quite pleased to note an advance in beer availability in the North Country.
First, at the Alex Bay Mart on highway 12 near the main cross roads there were Ithaca and Magic Hat mixed packs and sixes, greater Sackets Harbor 1812 and Thousand Islands presence as well as Blue Moon pumpkin ale and even an organic pale ale from California called Stone Mill.
The real deal, however, was at Canton itself. I popped into Bessettes on highway 11 just heading out of town to the west and was confronted with a vastly improved craft beer selection. Flying Dog from California, Cooperstown and Middle Ages from New York, Harpoon from Boston, Brooklyn Beer from NY, Coopers from Australia, Magic Hat and Otter Creek from Vermont, Smuttynose from New Hampshire, Dogfish Head from Delaware, Victory from Pennsylvania and a bunch of others. All great craft beer buys when popping over for any SLU hockey games I catch this winter. I asked to take a photo but no one was sure who was able to say OK. So I took a sneeky one from the counter top like the Man from Uncle might. I met a couple of beer nerds in the shop - one from Virginia who knew of the writings of Lew Bryson - and we have a good old chat. Apparently the shop gets new craft stock once a month driven up from Syracuse by the distributor. I will try to find out the schedule of their arrivals and have them update regularly.