Blue Toad Hard Cider, Henrietta, NY

Tucked away in the Genesee Regional Market complex in Henrietta, NY, is one of our favorite local haunts. It is hard to pass up the opportunity to visit Blue Toad Hard Cider where we can spend some time playing card games over a couple pints of locally sourced hard cider. After a few years of watching Blue Toad grow, we felt it was time to include their story for the blog. Stopping in one Sunday afternoon, we spent some quality time with bartender extraordinaire, Adam Washbon, trying out the different ciders and getting the inside scoop on all the work being done at Blue Toad. Continue reading

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Iron Tug Brewing, Rochester, NY

Rochester, NY is truly blessed with a vibrant craft beer community; and small, independent breweries seem to be popping up all the time. Iron Tug Brewing is one of the newest kids on the block, yet has become one of our personal favorites to hang out at. I have been looking forward to writing about Iron Tug for a while, and a recent visit gave us the opportunity to talk with Kurt Owens, co-owner and tap room manager, about what goes on behind the scenes and where the future lies for them. Continue reading

Noble Shepherd Craft Brewery, Bristol, NY

With many breweries and wineries so close to home, we tend to overlook them when choosing a new place to include for this blog. The time was ripe to add one of our most frequented local haunts, Noble Shepherd Craft Brewery in Bristol, NY. Excited to finally have the opportunity to write about this brewery, it has become one of our favorite spots to relax and play a round or two of cards. We met up with Tony Moringello, the brewer and co-owner at Noble Shepherd, to discuss the brewery and taste some fine beer. Continue reading

Suarez Family Brewery, Livingston, NY

While visiting the Hudson Valley region of New York every year for TapNY, we always make sure to visit a new brewery or two to write about for Liquid Alchemy. Having heard many good things about Suarez Family Brewing in Livingston, we made our way there on a sunny afternoon to discover what makes them such a hit among beer aficionados. Continue reading

The FarmHouse Brewery, Owego, NY

I’ve said this before, and will probably say it again, but the annual craft beer fest, TAP NY, is a great way to discover breweries across New York State that are producing unique and delicious beverages. One brewery that stands out to me year after year is The FarmHouse Brewery, located in Owego, NY. I finally had time to visit them and spent an afternoon trying their incredibly diverse lineup of beers. Continue reading

Ravines Wine Cellars, Hammondsport, NY

I was excited to visit Ravines Wine Cellars, one of my favorite regional wineries, during our weekend adventure travelling around Keuka Lake. Morten Hallgren, the winemaker, and his wife Lisa, a chef, have built a world class winery right here in the Finger Lakes region of New York that blends Old World traditions and New World innovations. This was not my first time here, but I was delighted to revisit the tasting room so I could share a bit of their story and the many wonderful wines that are available. Continue reading

The Brewery of Broken Dreams, Hammondsport, NY

I’ll admit that I am a bit obsessed with loons. Every summer, on our Adirondack camping trip, I enjoy spending hours on the water just observing these majestic birds and listening to their calls. You can imagine my excitement when I saw a brewery logo that incorporated a crying loon at Tap NY two years ago! It turns out that the brewery, The Brewery of Broken Dreams, was located within driving distance from home, at the southern tip of Keuka Lake. We made sure to visit them on our trek around the lake so that we could try their wide selection of beers and learn a bit more about the brewery and the story behind the teary-eyed loon. Continue reading