Cabin fever struck! Earlier this month, I purchased a 2021 membership in the Lake Erie Ale Trail. Hmm..time for a beer tasting! This gave me a growler, and a card that allows me to fill that growler with locally crafted beer at each of 13 member breweries in 2021.
I saw a post from Johnson Estate Winery saying that they had a new Ruby Port. My fellow traveler is a lover of both port and beer. Off to New York to visit both Johnson’s and fill the growler at Five and Twenty Spirits and Brewing. Both are a short drive from Grape Arbor Bed and Breakfast–only about 15 or 20 minutes, and they are very close to one another.
Visting Johnson’s Estate
We started at Johnson’s and were pleased to see they still had a VERY large real Christmas tree set up in the tasting room. It was adorned with gorgeous locally made ornaments that are all made with their labels. (Of course I had to buy one). They also had wine tastings set up with CAKE–three tastings with three different kinds of cake!
We stuck to the port and sherry…it was matched with two different kinds of biscotti (chocolate and orange-cranberry). We tried two kinds of port (the new one is bourbon barrel aged) and two kinds of the sherry (one is oak cask aged).
Visiting Five and Twenty
Then on to Five and Twenty which is just across the street! How to choose the beer for the growler? Taste them all…and there were 8 available on the date that we went.
Reminder–for beer (or wine) tastings in New York, you must also purchase food. We checked out the menu, and chose some cheddar cheese curds and crackers to go with our beer tasting. The eight that were available were:
- Pale Ale
- Grape Lakes Wheat Ale (with a Concord grape addition)
- Rye Pale Ale
- Tiramisu Stout (with a coffee flavor)
- Shape Shifter IPA: Green Wave (with grapefuity flavor)
- Double Barrel Brown (whisky barrel aged Imperial Brown Ale)
- Barrelywine (aged in port and sherry barrels)
- Commiseration (aged Imperial Stout in bourbon barrels)
We narrowed it down to four favorites, and then finally agreed on….number 6 for the growler! Everybody’s taste is different, so it’s important that you go and taste the beer for yourself.