If there’s any acceptable reason to be out of the house before noon on a Saturday, it’s friendly, locally-sourced day-drinking. And thus, I ended up at Factory on Kent Ave this weekend, knocking back sample-sized-drink after sample-sized-drink at the Harvest Beer & Cider Sessions (with Spirits), which was packed with local brewers, distillers, and mercifully, some food.
But what did I learn, you ask? Well, other than the fact that ciders are now in the midst of a huge, huge comeback (sales have doubled in the past year, apparently), all of my pre-existing alcohol prejudices have been mostly wrong. Hey, not everyone can be an expert like Mike “Beermaster” Conklin. In any case, besides being an afternoon of drinking and poorly Instagramming delicious autumnal booze, it was an afternoon of expanding my drinking horizons. Here are the 5 very best things I tasted: