Last month Bob Weible, New York Sate Historian and chief curator at the New York State Museum forwarded me an email, it read:
On Thursday, 28 July 2011, 4-7 PM, a beer-naming contest known as "Name That Beer" will be held at the Legends Bistro, Brewpub and Wine Bar, 411 Route 3, Plattsburgh. A contest in which Brewmaster Stoyanoff has created a beer to commemorate the War of 1812. It is a combination of Canadian barley, English rye, and American hops, brewed with molasses (with a Russian touch?).He thought I might be interested. He was right. But as cool as that is, Plattsburgh is a hike from Albany—a two-and-a-half-hour hike from Albany. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for a beery trip, but that takes some coordination—cars need to be gassed and monies need to be obtained. It just didn't look like I was going to be heading to the city on the lake, any time soon. That was until fate intervened. As luck would have it, I was assigned an exhibit installation in that very city. So up I went this morning. Sweetening the deal, was that Plattsburgh City Clerk, Keith Herkalo, was kind enough to offer to show me the way to the brew pub!
Bad news—Legends Bistro, Brewpub and Wine Bar is closed for lunch. I had an enjoyable time with Keith, but no awesome 1812 beer. Ya' win some, ya' lose some, right?
Either way, if you're around Plattsburgh, stop in at Legends (just not around lunch) have the nameless, 1812 inspired beer and email me how it was. I'll be crying into my pillow.
By the way, the contest continues until the end of the month. So, you have eight days.