Bloomingdale is now more than just a stop for Teddy’s Ice Cream and Grill or a quick visit to Moonstone Farm, it is the new home of Hex & Hop Brewery. After deciding to make the old Bloomin’ Market its home base, the owners of Hex & Hop spent the past winter and spring meeting with local officials and farms to produce a local product that extends beyond just local brewing. The beer is a blending of farm to table in an Adirondack craft beer establishment.
For all those craft beer aficionados, the Grand Pouring is Saturday, July 27 from noon to 8 pm. Tastings and full beer descriptions are available. For anyone just looking for a nice local pub, Hex & Hop has that covered as well. A formal ribbon-cutting will be followed by live music, food, and beer.
The taproom is roomy with a modern feel with local wood adornments and polished cement bar and floor. There is a light menu available and non-alcoholic beverages that keep it centered as a neighborhood pub. Children are welcome to sit everywhere but the bar. (That’s actually a law and not up to Hex & Hop.) There are toys to play with outside and crayons to use when waiting for dinner. The honey bee observation window is to the right of the bar. Patrons can move over to see the bees creating honey to sweeten the brewing process. If you’re lucky, you may find the queen with a red dot marking her back.
In addition to local brews, local honey and beeswax are available for purchase. The prices and products are described on the website. Other community members are helping the owners at Hex & Hop keep in local. Moonstone Farm is growing hops as well as taking the mash as animal feed. The opening night celebration will have food provided by Moonstone Farm, Kate Mountain Farm, The Gastral Chemist, and Paul Smith’s College. The menu is expected to change as more farms collaborate with Hex & Hop.
Hex & Hop is located at 17179 NYS Route 3. There is plenty of parking and nice outdoor seating as well. My family has always liked the concept of a pub as a meeting place. I like community feel of a good local pub. Hex & Hop is bringing all that to Bloomingdale along with a taste of honey. Enjoy!
Photo provided by Diane Chase, AdirondackFamilyTime.com.