What to do during a staycation?
A drive some 45 miles to the east to check out Good Nature Farm Brewing and Tap Room seemed to be a good idea.
A check of their website by my dear wife Karen (who was not on a staycation, dagnabbit) showed that they would open at 3 p.m. on a Tuesday. Off I went at 2 p.m. toward Hamilton.
The craggy parking lot yielded a welcoming building. The grounds called for a return visit come weather that would allow an outdoor sit-down with the family.
The interior welcomed me warmly.
The one visible staffer took my food-and-beer to go order from the bar, and I settled in with big eyes and an active iPhone camera.
I thought that 3 p.m. on a Tuesday in February should be this slow?
I hoped they could weather two tables of eaters and one guy taking out only.
Will last us until next time.
The staffer first filled my growler with Good Natured Blonde Ale from the tap, then went to the collection of cans for two six packs of the same and a four-pack of Chocolate Explosion, Karen’s request.
They will have to last us awhile at home. I have yet to find this brew in any of our Syracuse-area markets, though Elisabeth and George have located the cans to the east in Oneida (which splits the distance between Liverpool and Hamilton).
My food order: A burger and fries. Hold the onion, add cheddar to the burger.
Both came cozy in a box to hold in the heat on a trip home.
I did not say hold the greens on the burger. I should have. I think it was kale. My first bite found it too bitter for my with-burger sensibilities, and I stripped it off. The meat, cheese and bun passed muster, and the fries were seasoned well and tasty. I must admit I did have to reheat the whole box in the microwave for just short of a minute because, well, I live 45 minutes from the complex. This is not good for a burger and fries in general.
I look forward to eating there again, outside, hot and fresh.