We all know that the Adirondacks is full of gorgeous mountains and hiking trails and nature preserves and lakes with cute little beaches and boats for rent. But did you know there’s also great local booze to be had? Beer, wine, and liquor, we tried a bit of all of it.
Chestertown Farmers Market
Among all the greens, cheese, and baked goods, there’s a fabulous winery doing free tastings and selling bottles at the Chestertown Farmers Market. Amorici Vineyards grows grapes in Washington County and purchases grapes from the Finger Lakes and Long Island – all in New York state. Be sure to taste the award winning Marquette NOR and Apple Honey Wine.
This casual restaurant with a solid food menu (seriously, anything you order will be good) also has an excellent selection of local beer. On our visit we tried the Lake Placid UBU and Paradox Red Ale. The UBU is brewed in Lake Placid, NY. It’s a dark, English-style ale that would probably taste particularly good on a cold winter night. Paradox Red is brewed at Paradox Brewery in Schroon Lake, just a few miles north of O.P.’s. The red ale is hoppy but not overwhelming.
The new tasting room on Canada Street in Lake George is spacious yet cozy with a long wooden bar for tastings. We sampled four of their whiskies between us. The seasonal Lake George Lemonade is a flavored whiskey that tastes like lemonade; pour a bit into your iced tea to make a great summer cocktail. The Bullhead Bourbon is spicy and smooth, best served neat or on the rocks depending on your preference. The Apple Pie Moonshine is very easy to sip because it’s nice and sweet. Finally, the Indian Kettle Smoked Corn Whiskey is firewater at its best. It’s strong, but the smoke flavor is noticeable. I’d use it for cocktails. Perhaps a smoked Moscow Mule?
About half a block from Lake George Distilling Company, you’ll find Adirondack Winery. Their best selling whine is the Soaring Strawberry, a white wine infused with strawberries for sweetness. Many of their whites are infused with other fruits. My favorite is the Orchard Blossom which is infused with green apple.
Make yourself at home on one of the two screened in decks at this wine bar in Schroon Lake. They serve numerous local wines and beers plus light eats like cheese plates and salads. Although none of the wines I tasted were memorable, they were decent and the bar itself was phenomenal. Go, relax, eat, drink and hopefully make better wine choices than me.
What are your favorite wines, beer, and spirits from the Adirondacks? Let me know in the comments below!