Roscoe Beer Company

Glorious. This Memorial Day weekend was absolutely glorious. The weather was with us, barbecues were blazing and there’s no place I would have rather been than in the the Catskills.

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We’re on the cusp of summer – before the seasonal folks arrive and while we can have our local gems – lakes, diners, ice cream stands, breweries – all to ourselves. While the bass from Mysteryland was (literally) pumping throughout Sullivan County, I was taking it easy over in Roscoe, Trout Town USA!, where I went on a most educational brewery tour with brewmaster Josh of the Roscoe Beer Co. It’s been around since 2013, but the Roscoe Beer Co. recently expanded, opening a super cozy, hunting lodge-esque tasting room. It’s the kind of place that locals will regular and out-of-towners will make the trip to visit. Because you can taste a flight of Roscoe Beer Co. beers and kick back on the couch with a group of friends. Because the taxidermy hanging on the wall is as authentic as the beer is good.

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Back to the beer tour, Josh explained the brew process, from barley to brew. Supply and demand of NY-grown barley and hops makes it tough for craft brewers to use just the local stuff. It gets expensive. But Roscoe Beer Co. uses much NY-grown barley and hops as possible. Hopefully New York farmers will be able to grow more barley and hops, and eventually ease the prices for local brewers.

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barley_roscoeOn to the tasting room, I highly recommend ordering a flight of beers and figuring out which beer suits your fancy. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I tend to like the darker brews, and so it was no surprise that I was a fan of the Brown Ale. My drinking buddy preferred the Amber Ale for its everyday drinkability, and we agreed that the Eagle IPA was a solid choice. The only one we didn’t love was the Wild Ale, BUT, Josh warned us that this brew is made with wild yeast and has a very unique, almost cider-y flavor. One-time naysayers have turned into great fans of the Wild Ale after a few tries – you grow to love it, a lot. I guess we’ll have to drink more Wild Ale to find out.

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Roscoe, New York (Trout Town USA!) is worth the day trip if you don’t live locally and the Roscoe Beer Co. is part of the required itinerary.

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