There are not a lot of rest areas or restaurants to stop at on Route 86 in Upstate NY when driving north of Binghamton. There certainly are not many places to get good food. I like pointing out nice places to stop and visit along our frequently traveled roadways.
On a recent trip to Erie PA, I stopped over in Sayre PA which is located about 1 mile from Exit 60 on NY Route 86 via Route 220 south in Pennsylvania. (www.Bluestonebrewingcompany.com)
Sayre is a kind of Oasis from the desolate Route 86 roadway from Binghamton to Erie PA. I often stay at the Hampton Inn in Sayre when I am in the area. Here in Sayre, I found a brewery restaurant behind the Hampton Inn. The Bluestone Brewing Company is located at 18 Pitney Street in Sayre, PA. The Brewery is in a new building that has natural wood walls and ceilings. The tables are polished metal.
I stopped for lunch and had the Grilled Chicken Wrap with chips. The food was very good and fresh. I would have liked to taste a little more pop in the wrap but is was very good. I like how the Bluestone Brewery promotes local business like Northern Tier Greens in Burlington PA and Cuba Cheese Shop, Cuba, NY. Clean food is a concern for many people these days and the Bluestone Brewery seems to do a great job of using farm fresh ingredients and supporting other local businesses.
I talked to the waiter about the history of the restaurant and the types of beer they brew. I learned what ingredients go into the One More Blonde Beer and even what the 1537 beer is named after.
I enjoyed speaking with Thad York, Head Brewer. I found it interesting how he got a brew kit for Christmas five years ago and now has his own brewery and restaurant. Thad later wants to try his hand a being a distiller and make whiskey. I complemented Thad on his ability to get a project done and asked him how he overcomes obstacles. Thad told me that “Learning is Life.” Thad is one of five owners who seem to know how to take an idea from conception to reality and excellence.
Thad treated me to a tour of the brewing area of the business and explained how they brew their beer. This is where I found out where the name “1537” comes from for his flagship beer. I was also treated to the heartbeat of the brewery, the cooling room where beer is cooled and stored.
I found it amazing how organized the business was, he told me one of the partners is a business management professor at a local college. The use of management principles and best practices shows.
I recommend stopping in at the Bluestone Brewery when you’re in upstate New York or PA. This restaurant is friendly and a comfortable atmosphere. Perhaps in the near future, you can get some bluestone whiskey in addition to a 1537 or One More Blonde beer. I’m looking forward to exploring more in the Sayre area and the Endless Mountain region.
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