A Galaxy not so far away

I know, I know. I could have started the series with this post and timed it to be on Star Wars Day. But, I really wanted to start the series in Johnson City.

Today’s brewery is Galaxy Brewing Company in scenic Downtown Binghamton. A mere block away from yesterdays Water Street Brewing Co. neither brewery seems to mind and both seem to be doing well. Binghamton University is fairly big and I’m sure there are enough college students to go around.

Galaxy Brewing Company

This is one of the many breweries that I’ve had to wait to get to because they weren’t quite open yet on my last trip home. They are definitely open now and they really get into their space theme at Galaxy with funky decorations, naming the beer, and even in labeling their bathrooms.

Galaxy Brewing Company interior
Galaxy Brewing Company funky decor
Galaxy Brewing Company bathroom label

They also have great beer and excellent food.

Galaxy Brewing Company flight

Like many other breweries, there was a glass wall where you can see the brewing equipment.

Galaxy Brewing Company brewing equipment

So that’s 3 breweries so far in the Triple Cities.  How many more will there be?  Tune in tomorrow as the hometown adventure continues.

The oldest of the new

Yesterday we visited the quaint Village of Johnson City. Today we move one town over to Binghamton, NY. Once listed in the almanac as receiving the least amount of direct sunlight in the United States. It’s also where I attended Graduate School at Binghamton University.

Sometime between when I moved away and when I came back for a visit, the first craft brewery in the Triple Cities area opened up. Water Street Brewing Co. sits in the heart of downtown Binghamton.

Water Street Brewing Co.

They don’t go crazy with the decor, but they have astounding taste.

Opus doll at Water Street Brewing Co.

I also like that they have their brewing equipment out in the open instead of behind glass.

Brewing equipment at Water Street Brewing Co.
More brewing equipment at Water Street Brewing Co.

And, of course, they pass the real test. They have great beer and a growler that I can add to my collection.

Water Street Brewing Co. growler

Tune in again tomorrow when I will visit a brewery that’s literally around the corner from Water Street.

Who said you can’t go home again?

If you think you can’t go home again, it must be because there are no new breweries there. When I grew up in the Southern Tier of New York there were no craft breweries. There was definitely a bar on every street corner. But the main discussion amongst beer drinkers was hazing the other person on their choice of swill. If you drank Genessee, then Miller was skunk piss. If you drank Miller, then Budweiser was swill. And so on.

As far back as a few years ago, I took a trip home and found only one craft brewery in the area. But, on my latest trip home I found an entirety different landscape altogether (insert Airplane! Joke here).  Over the next few days I will be highlighting all of the breweries I went to in the area.

My home town, Johnson City, is so small that it isn’t even an actual city. It’s the Village of Johnson City. They now have a brewery called (oddly enough) Binghamton Brewing Co.

Binghamton Brewing Co. in Johnson City

They have a small building, but they do have some awesome decor inside, including some cool butt-hugging antique bar stools.

Butt-hugging bar stool at Binghamton Brewing Co.

They also had really friendly staff that knew their beer (bonus points if you can spot the awesome Mrs. UsedHair in the picture).

Binghamton Brewing Co. bar area

Last, but certainly not least, they had bottles of beer that I could add to my collection.

Binghamton Brewing Co. bottles

So, I totally can go home again. Because there is plenty of excellent beer waiting there for me.

The land that time forgot

Roscoe, NY is a small town that has at least some significance to most of my family. For my grandfather it was the town where he was born and the town where he is now buried. For my Mother’s generation the Roscoe Diner was where you stopped to eat on the way to or from New York City.

Sign for the Roscoe Diner
The Roscoe Diner

For Mrs. Usedhair and I it was this mysterious land that time forgot. As we would drive past Roscoe cell phone signal was non existent and if you put the radio on seek mode it would run around and around searching for about 10 minutes as you cruised down the road before it could manage to find anything at all.

On our vacation in the Southern Tier of New York we decided to drive out to Long Island for a few days. On the way there we noticed that Roscoe had cell phone signal, radio stations galore, and… A brewery!

Roscoe NY Beer Co. Sign

Now this is something I had to see.   On the trip back we made a point of stopping in. I assumed the sign visible from the highway meant that the brewery would be right by the road as well. So we pulled into downtown Roscoe looking to find it without bothering with the help of a map. What we found there had me quite worried.

Roscoe NY Beer Co. Outpost

Fortunately, this is merely an outpost that they use to serve the downtown area in the evenings and at events. We found the real brewery just up the road.  I was originally a bit confused by the apparent dual naming between Trout Town and Roscoe NY Beer Co.  But, they let me know that the name of the brewery is Roscoe NY Beer Co. and the Trout Town is a specific line of beers that they produce.  Makes sense.

Roscoe NY Beer Co. Brewery Sign
Roscoe NY Beer Co.

This place is awesome! They have amazing decorations, a great sense of humor and a “Self Serve Beer Wall” where you charge a card card looking thing and use it to get your beer when you want it.

Roscoe NY Beer Co. decor
Roscoe NY Beer Co. sense of humor
Self serve beer wall

Most important, they have a great selection of beer. In fact, the selection was so good that Mrs. Usedhair managed to find enough styles that she enjoys and got her first flight.

Mrs. Usedhair’s first flight

All that was left at that point was to get bottles to take home. They do have regular bottles, but they only sell them at places “in town”. So, off we went to find some, worried that we would have to get a six pack of each just to get two bottles. Lucky for us we stopped at the Roscoe Diner for lunch first and saw this on the placemats.

Order Trout Town Beer

So, I ordered one of each with lunch and managed to get 2 bottles for the collection.

Trout Town (Roscoe NY Beer Co.) bottles

And, I was really happy to see Roscoe, NY catch up so well with the rest of the world. Time finally remembered Roscoe.

The Little Brewery That Lives Down The Lane

One of the side effects/perks/symptoms of collecting beer bottles is that I am always on the hunt for new breweries and/or new beers.  So, last January when Mrs. Usedhair and I went to The Central Florida Scottish Highland Games. I was pleased to find a brewery that I had not previously heard of selling pitchers of excellent beer there.

Dunedin Pitcher

I looked up Dunedin Brewery (pronounced like the word “done” and the word “Eden” [like the Garden of Eden])and found that (at about a 2 1/2 hour drive) they were close enough that I should go and far enough away that I would have to combine the trip with something else.  Fortunately, Mrs. Usedhair and I decided that after 22 years of marriage without ever having taken a honeymoon trip (but that is another story), it was time to take one this year.  We decided to drive down to Sanibel Island as we love beaches, and Mrs. Usedhair loves to collect seashells.  A major perk of the trip for me was that the drive would take us more or less right past Dunedin Brewery.  If there’s one thing that keeps a marriage going for 22 years, it’s knowing how to balance out a trip to keep both of us happy.  Our first stop of the trip was the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa.  After filling our eyes with beasties for the day, we took the short drive to Dunedin, FL and stopped into Dunedin Brewery for a beer and a bite to eat.  My biggest fear in going to any brewery is that they will not have bottles to sell and will only have beer on tap.  My second biggest fear is that they brewery will be stocked with only the most standard of beer types (e.g., blonde, IPA, hefeweizen). Turns out Dunedin actually had some really nice bottles with impressive art work.  It also helped that the bottles were filled with some really impressive beer styles.

Dunedin Bottles

This adventure turned out excellent because I not only got some excellent and unique bottles for the collection, but also because I got to start out a honeymoon trip in the best possible way.