I would love to tell you how the beer was at the Gordon Biersch at the mega mall... or is it small city... known as Destiny USA in Syracuse, NY. Because it opens tomorrow apparently. And I was down there today. Squinting through a window I think I learned that beers are four bucks a pint which is reasonable for CNY and unbelievable for a Canadian. I didn't learn too much other than that. Something to look forward to.
Yet... it is beer in a mall. I have never understood beer in a mall as you have to drive there. Sure, I could take the bus there and maybe even the train at certain times. But it's at the mall. Drinking at the mall for me was always sort of sketchy. There was a place at the Halifax Shopping Centre - was it called the Green Door? - where postal workers gathered for some reason. They always had to have a theme. Bad 1960s and '70s reinvention of 1860s and '70s wild westerns. Fathers of guys I knew never drank at the mall. They either drank at hard places, neighbourhood places or they maybe drank at home or they didn't really drink. Not at the mall.
Not that this is really a mall in the sense of the malls of my youth. There is an indoor go cart track. There is in one of the new entrances enough exposed structural steel to build a minor hockey arena. Don't get me wrong. I am not a snob. This is a snob. So maybe this is good - the future or perhaps even normal. Good beer at a good price everywhere. Heck, it's just down the street from that Sunoco gas station with a growler fill station. Is this just me? Do you drink in malls?