If it is a combination of variety and quality you want from your craft beer adventure, you wont go wrong with a visit to Cooperstown in New York. Once the former hop-growing capital of North America, and today the home of Ommegang Brewery, Cooperstown has the pedigree to provide everything a craft beer enthusiast could want.
Here’s our picks for your top craft beer stops in Cooperstown New York:
Alex and Ika
We’ve been out to Cooperstown on several occasions and seem to find ourselves eating at Alex and Ikas at least once each visit. With their unique and delicious approach to global menus, along with a small but carefully curated craft beer list, Alex and Ika’s restaurant has the whole package. Located at the end of a small alleyway, the interior is cosy yet elegant. Theres a small bar area where we have dined on our visits. While the menu has many refined and upscale choices, we usually go for the burger with its fresh-baked rolls, home-made pickles and in our experiences has been perfectly cooked. A great accompaniment to an Ommegang Belgian IPA. On every visit we’ve had great experiences with the friendly and social staff as well. You can find Alex and Ika’s restaurant on Main Street in Cooperstown and online here.
Council Rock Brewery
Did you know that there’s more than just Ommegang brewing beer in Cooperstown? Neither did we. But we were pleasantly surprised to discover and sample some of the beers from Council Rock Brewery. This small brewery has nearly the same brewhouse we have at Whetstone Station, a 3 barrel Psycho-Brew system, and much like us they are putting out about 3 or 4 beers of their own at a time. They were each good and in particular the Full Nelson was an interesting fruity Amber. The kitchen also puts out some great comfort food, try the Bacon Mac and Cheese or the Chicken Pot Pie. Certainly worth a stop. See the details at councilrockbrewery.com
So when you’re making your nearly essential pilgrimage to visit Ommegang Brewery, be sure to branch out to some of these other great craft beer stops in Cooperstown New York. And, oh yeah, the baseball hall of fame is there too. ;-)