Road Trip: Columbia County, NY

by Kimberly Hickok

I’ll get right to the point. This post is all about vodka and bacon. If that doesn’t get your interest, I don’t know what will. Let’s see – where do I begin?

It all started a little over a year ago. I volunteered to sit on a committe that was organizing a fundraiser for Capital District Community Gardens. The event, An Autumn Evening in The Garden, pairs local chefs with local farms. Local bakers were also featured. And . . . drumroll please . . . a local distiller.

I had no idea that just south of Albany, NY in Columbia County, a local fruit grower was turning his apples into award-winning Core Vodka. For the record, I am not a fan of drinking vodka straight. I like it in martini or cosmopolitan but this vodka is an exception. It’s fruity on the nose and super smooth.

We had a random Saturday afternoon free and decided to go on a little road trip to “refill” our empty bottle.

Empty . . . being returned to its home


The distiller – Harvest Spirits is truly a “small batch” distillery.

Barrels of the not-quite-finished product.

The finished product!

That completes the vodka part of this post. What about the bacon part? Well after that adventure we were ready for a late lunch. We drove over to Chatham for lunch. Did I mention that I love bacon? As I was looking over the menu at The Chatham House Tavern, I couldn’t make up my mind. I asked our server what I should get and she said ‘anything with bacon.’ Duh! Of course!

What a pleasant surprise. The bacon is cured on site. It was equally sweet and peppery and slightly thicker than most bacon slices. I settled on the BLT with brie – thick country toast with bacon, lettuce, tomato and brie. Yummy!

The Chatham House

My sandwich!

All in all, our afternoon in Columbia County was informative and fun!

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Mary Ann Porter August 18, 2010 - 12:36 pm

I liked your post. I may just have to visit these places.

katie August 20, 2010 - 1:23 pm

i had no idea this was all so close! joey and i will have to check it out- thanks for the info! 🙂


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