Good Nature Farm Brewery
When Chris and I first started dating, he wasn’t the most adventurous eater. While I had an expansive palate, he pretty much stuck to the same few meals that primarily consisted of meat and some kind of potato. His open mindedness was one of the things that most attracted me to him. After all, he ate sushi on our second date! It was around this time that my parents and I were patrons of Circa-New American Bistro in Cazenovia and, of course, Chris became one as well. To say that we are huge fans of its owner and chef, Alicyn Hart, is a complete understatement! She was and is our culinary rockstar. Dining at Circa and eating the thoughtful and innovative meals created with local, sustainable and organic produce and meats was the gateway to a true love affair with food for him. Circa was the restaurant we frequented the most while we were dating, so much that we hosted our rehearsal dinner there in 2009. We had fabulous food at our wedding, but nine years later people mostly talk about our rehearsal dinner. It remains one of the most incredible meals we have ever had! Circa closed in 2014 and we still feel the loss of our favorite restaurant. When Chris and I discussed branching out and blogging about our culinary experiences, we both agreed that we had to start with Alicyn and her new home at Good Nature Farm Brewery in Hamilton, NY.
We ventured to Good Nature Farm Brewery on Friday evening and immediately went to the kitchen to see our friend. It was wonderful to catch up with Alicyn and meet the owners: Carrie Blackmore and Matt Whalen. Carrie and Matt share Alicyn’s passion for sourcing ingredients from New York State farmers and bring that passion to their beer. Carrie and Matt were as kind and friendly as their brewery name suggests and we immediately felt like we were regulars. The Brewery has family style seating and an open kitchen with a counter where you order food. We took seats at the bar and examined the beer menu. Chris chose Non-stop Hop Onslaught, which was citrusy and hazy, and I sipped Blight Buster because the fruitier the beer, the happier I am. Both beers were fantastic and I will freely admit that I am not the biggest beer drinker, but am already regretting that we didn’t buy beer to take home. After seeing Matt and Carrie order Rotation Nation II, I think we need to plan another visit to try it!
Two of the Fantastic Beers
Top: Non-Stop Hop Onslaught with a generous fruity character, pronounced citrus, and a gentle haze.
Bottom: Blight Buster with grapefruit, melon, and passionfruit with a semi-dry finish.
The food menu changes every Friday based on what is fresh, local, and seasonally available. The burgers are always on the menu, as well as the shareable tacos and cheese and charcuterie platter. There were three wood fired pizzas featured and we are told that the pizza offerings will expand soon. Salads and sandwiches round out the menu and there are daily specials as well. While we knew everything would be delicious, we had to revisit some of our favorites before we could move on. The cheese and charcuterie platter featured a goat's milk Voodoo cheese from Two Kids Goat Farm in Cuyler, a raw cow and sheep's milk Justine cheese from Dutch Girl Cheese in Cooperstown, and raw sheep's milk Black Blue Mule from Northlands Sheep Dairy from Marathon. Accompanying the cheeses were cured meats, cornichons, seasoned nuts and a hoppy mustard. The platter was the perfect start to our meal and a wonderful accompaniment to our beers.
Next we ordered a Pint of Frites with Jack and Annie sauce and Bourbon Maple Ketchup. The fries were perfectly crisp and salty, the Jake and Annie sauce made with smoked gouda beer cheese and bacon was rich and creamy. The true star was the ketchup! It was sweet and fresh, and the taste of tomato shines. Oh, how we have missed that ketchup! We saved some for our burger, but made sure to swipe every last bit from the container.
We ordered The Burger made from Ingallside Meadows beef and served on a challah bun with dressed green, shaved red onion, Jake and Annie beer sauce and bacon. The burger was perfectly cooked, flavorful and juicy, everything you want in a burger. You could taste the freshness of the meat and all we could do was sigh because it had been far too long since we have enjoyed a burger that much!
There were featured desserts that looked amazing, but we really couldn't eat another bite. Another visit is in order and we will definitely bring the kids. The Farm Brewery is family friendly and we saw many young children running around. The outdoor Beer Garden opens in the warmer weather and we are told there is plenty of room for the kids to play and toddler toys for little ones to enjoy. Live music will be featured on Sundays starting on May 13th and more will be announced soon.
Our visit was as wonderful as we expected and we will be making the drive back to Good Nature Farm Brewery soon. For those of you who live on the East Side, The Brewster Inn in Cazenovia is featuring a Good Nature Beer pairing dinner on April 6 at 7:00 pm. We loved the beer so much, we may have to check it out!