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.



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.




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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