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CENTRE STREET PUBLIC HOUSE & GARDEN

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SCHENECTADY, NEW YORK

Right in the heart of downtown Schenectady setback from Union Street’s main drag, CENTRE STREET PUBLIC HOUSE & GARDEN is conveniently located just down the block from Mad Jack Brewing. A friendly cement-floored roadhouse with an enormous side beer garden, Centre Street features an olden 20-seat wood bar serving right side booths and tables with gastropub fare and wood-fired pizza.

My wife, son and I grab a booth below the large glass-encased beer can collection to sample eight previously untried brews emanating from the 26 taps. Several bar-bound TV’s (and a large screen TV near the pizza oven) concentrate on college football as we eat dinner during early December ’19 trip.

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Tonight’s elixirs included a fabulous array of New York suds (reviewed fully in Beer Index) including Wolf Hollow Amber Ale, Woodstock Zen of Anxiety Saison, Sloop Pixie Dust IPA, Grimm Cyber Café IPA, Thin Man War Sombrero IPA, Barrier/ Grimm Manual Wind IPA, Unified Beerworks Even More Juicy Things Imperial IPA, and Mikkeller NYC It Was Professor Plum (a sour IPA).

www.centrestreetpub.com

THE BRUERY SO HAPPENS IT’S TUESDAY IMPERIAL STOUT AGED IN BOURBON

On tap at Plank Pizza, lovely bourbon-spiked brown chocolate spicing resonates alongside sweet vanilla creaming and chewy molasses fudging. Sweet bourbon chocolate caking receives bustling burgundy, sherry, port and brandy wining as well as cayenne-peppered curry, cumin and cardamom uprising by robust mocha finish. Tertiary coconut, marshmallow, marzipan, bruised cherry, stewed prune and anise illusions further enrich remarkable full-bodied nightcap.

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PRAIRIE BASIC BETTY PUMPKIN SPICE STOUT

On tap at Seven Lakes Station, intensely pumpkin-spiced Imperial Stout drapes dark chocolate syrup upon brown-sugared cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander and clove seasoning as well as mild anise, pine nut and caraway illusions. Bittersweet dark-roast pumpkin influence holds up fine against cavernous molasses-sapped chocolate spicing of richly robust 11% ABV full body.

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