A long drive into western and central and then northern New York saw me complete the loop of Lake Ontario over the weekend. We had a memorial service to attend and as I had done the 401 the weekend before, I was not eager to see the Big Apple four times in eight days. So, it was Lockport, Rochester, Oswego and Watertown for us today.
Three was a method in my madness as I wanted to see the new massive Beers of the World at Henrietta, south of Rochester. You will recall the old store was one of the biggest in the northeastern USA and that the news of expansion was a bit staggering. Was the expansion worth it? Well, lets put it this way. I dropped $250 bucks and did not look at the right hand half of the store. They bought an old Wegmans, for heaven's sake. So what did I get? I now have two bottles of Thornbridge Jaipur, that beer all the British bloggers go on about. My first Faro now lurks in the stash. A couple more 3 Fronteinen to hold off the inevitable and a 1997 Gale's Old Prize Ale to celebrate the past. I picked up plenty of Christmas beers for next summer, too, and lots of sour brews to keep for myself. Well worth it and a valuable addition to the eastern Great Lakes scene.
On the drive back, it was the turn for sad news as we passed the now dark location of King Arthur's Brew Pub in Oswego, NY, location of more than one excellent meal accompanied by good craft ale. CNY has taken a fair hit lately with the closings of Clark's Ale House, the Galeville Grocery and King Arthur's.