Saranac Brewery Tour – Utica, NY
You heard me right. We took a 5 yo and a 4 yo on a brewery tour. But before you judge let me reassure you we were not alone. There were a lot of kids following along as we toured the Saranac Brewery that ended in a pub with everyone (including the kids) having a pint.
A Bit about the Brewery
Let me back up a bit. This brewery is pretty special. First of all my husband went to college at SUNY IT and spent a lot of time in the area. He has been known to visit a time or two. (wink wink)
And second this beer has a history that goes back to 1888. They survived prohibition by selling Utica Club branded sodas, tonics and extracts. In fact it is rumored that in the store next to their ‘tonics’ was an instruction card showing them how to make beer just so they didn’t do it by accident. (wink wink)
According to brewery lore, company founder F.X. Matt happened to be in Washington when Franklin D. Roosevelt had urged Congress to get the breweries back into operation and received the first brewing license since 1920 within an hour and a half of the repeal.
One call up to the brewery and the them West End Brewing Company was back and business and were ready to serve their customer at the stroke of midnight April 7.