Argyle, is perhaps the most polarizing pattern in the entire world. Some people love to rock some argyle socks when they hit the links, some have epileptic seizures from looking at the pattern for too long. It's a risk I'm willing to take.
Although the argyle pattern has rift in public opinion, the Argyle Brewing Company has a unanimous seal of approval from anyone who's ever had the pleasure of trying one of their beers. Here's what I learned about the brewery:
History: Matt and Chris, the co-owners of Argyle Brewing, did not always work for the same team. The two met 5 years ago at a brewing competition in Bennington, VT, where they both had entered a Maple Porter and ended up taking first and second in the competition. This made them realize that they could do more together than they could apart. I guess one could call it love at first taste?
The pair teamed up and moved back to Argyle. There they started the Argyle Suds Society, and grew the club of backyard brewers to over 50 members. The next step for the team was to open up their own brewery and share their trade with the community.
Number of Brews: 6 brews are currently available at the brewery.
What Makes Them Unique: The mission of the company is "Grow local, make local, drink local." The brewery is not your typical micro-brewery: they are registered as a New York Farm Brewery in Washington County. This distinction means that they receive at least 20% of their hops/grains from within New York State.
This distinction has a few fantastic benefits: it allows their tasting rooms to serve full-pints, they are allowed to cross-pollinate their brewery (can produce/sell hard ciders, sell wine and spirits), and they can open up to 4 more breweries with the New York Farm Brewery title, all while they support local agriculture.
The Lessons I Learned: Beer is a polygamous relationship. During my conversation with the owners, I asked what the best beer was, and they honestly couldn't tell me. A love for beer, I have learned, is not restricted to one particular style or brand; it is open to new experiences both good and bad.
Favorite Beer: The Oatmeal Stout
Location: 1 Main St, Greenwich, NY 12834