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Hops to it

  (DoNorth/Kevin McAvey) Winter weather welcomes darker beer — stouts and porters. With the exception of a few flagship pilsners and pale ales, lighter beers tend to drop off the taps in correlation with the temperatures. In a nation with an ever-growing thirst for microbrews, the upstate region of New York has adopted the trend as more variety in local establishments emerge day-by-day. Visit these downtown Plattsburgh bars that offer craft brews on draft. Hobie’s Sports Den (68 Margaret St., 518-562-1000) Hobie’s is a cozy brick-walled sports bar with a menu ranging from pizza and pasta to salads and burgers.…

 

(DoNorth/Kevin McAvey)

Winter weather welcomes darker beer — stouts and porters. With the exception of a few flagship pilsners and pale ales, lighter beers tend to drop off the taps in correlation with the temperatures. In a nation with an ever-growing thirst for microbrews, the upstate region of New York has adopted the trend as more variety in local establishments emerge day-by-day. Visit these downtown Plattsburgh bars that offer craft brews on draft.

Hobie’s Sports Den (68 Margaret St., 518-562-1000)

Hobie’s is a cozy brick-walled sports bar with a menu ranging from pizza and pasta to salads and burgers. On Tuesdays, customers who buy a pint, get a slice. Go for Romeo’s pizza: cheese with crispy chicken tossed in a secret sauce — a North Country staple.

For dark beer drinkers, but not the lactose intolerant, try Left Hand Brewery’s Milk Stout. This creamy, full-bodied stout with sweet coffee flavor gives that morning Joe a run for its money.

Not much for beer? Opt for Naked Flock hard cider from Applewood Winery and Cider House in the Hudson Valley. It’s crisp, refreshing and not too sweet. Hobie’s normally carries Naked Flock year-round, alongside others from Lagunitas and Abita.

The third Thursday of every month is reserved for a “Tap Takeover” when one microbrewery swaps out Hobie’s main taps with their own brews. Customers can order flights to sample each beer. This event usually runs from 5:30 p.m. until close.

 

Peabody’s (7 Clinton St., 518-561-0158)

This softly-lit Irish pub’s intimate space is warm and amicable. Dart players mingle with bar-goers at the jukebox, who sift through latest hits. Others take their business upstairs to a lively dance floor. This is no place to be a wallflower.

Oval Craft Brewing, located on the old Plattsburgh Air Force Base, occupies two taps at Peabody’s. Pop in for Prom Night Cherry, a blonde ale with hints of cherry — an easy entry-level beer for a non-craft beer drinker. For those into hops, Rockeater is a better option. This IPA starts and finishes strongly with citrus.

For anyone in the bar and restaurant business, get all drinks 50 percent off at “Industry Night” every Sunday starting at 10 p.m.

 

Olive Ridley’s (37 Court St., 518-324-2200)

Olive Ridley’s carries a wide selection of beer with 19 craft brews on tap. A handful originate from nearby breweries in Plattsburgh, Lake George, Schroon Lake and Ithaca. There are also two from across Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont: Magic Hat #9, a “not-quite pale ale” and Switchback Ale, an unfiltered reddish-amber ale.

Olive Ridley’s serves lunch and dinner seven days a week, and happy hour is every day from 4 to 7 p.m. Visit after 10 p.m. on Tuesdays to enjoy two-for-one drinks.

 

Monopole (7 Protection Ave., 518-563-2222)

Established in 1898, Monopole is downtown Plattsburgh’s oldest-running business. This bar and restaurant embodies an old-fashion feel, considering the building hasn’t changed much at all since it opened.

A few New York state beers are offered here from breweries such as Common Roots in Glens Falls and Paradox in Schroon Lake.

Don’t expect to rage to DJ jams on the dancefloor, but more so to grab casual drinks and relax. Play darts and watch TV downstairs, or shoot pool and listen to live bands upstairs.

Late night munchies? Monopole’s kitchen is open into the night when most competitors have closed. On Wednesdays, chicken wings cost 60 cents each. Try Monopole’s famous stoner wings: a splash of all its sauces — hot, mild, honey mustard, barbeque, teriyaki — mixed together.

Issue 8: Winter/Spring 2017

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