I popped over the border yesterday with the family for a US shopping spree. Nothing over the top but seeing as we have Watertown NY, a neighbouring a small US City with a college league baseball team, a place with good ribs, a mall with good hoodies for 15 bucks and a 94 cent dollar, why not.
On the way over, we stopped on the way at the Alex Bay Mart, a grocery store in the Thousand Island's resort town of Alexandria Bay, NY. It has the best selection I have found east of C's Farm Market in Oswego, west of Bessettes in Canton and north of the Galeville Grocery. Unfortunately, this is not saying much yet they do have a few beers from Sackets Harbor, Magic Hat, Ithaca, Long Trail and Saranac among other things - but sadly no Middle Ages or Ommegang...which you would think would be sort of obvious selections to carry. But even with only a decent choice, it is worth the visit because one of the best things about the Alex Bay Mart is the price. All the beers but one that I picked up were $5.99 a six pack. Including Saranac Imperial IPA. The brewer says it's made with "brewed with 10 different hops and 10 different malts and is 8.5% alcohol and 85 IBUs" and I say it is one of the smoothest richest double IPAs I have ever had. And at 6 bucks for 72 ounces of double IPA, that is like six bucks for 3.25 bombers or $1.85 a 22 oz bomber - for a really presentable double IPA.
I will pop down some sipping notes later but for now suffice it to say I am feeling both clever and lucky to have a few in the stash.