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Carlo DeVito is a long time wine lover, and author of books and magazine articles. He is the author of Wineries of the East Coast. He has traveled to wine regions in California, Canada, up and down the east coast, France, Spain and Chile. He has been a published executive for more than 20 years. He shepherded the wine book program of Wine Spectator as well as worked with Kevin Zraly, Oz Clarke, Matt Kramer, Tom Stevenson, Evan Dawson, Greg Moore, Howard Goldberg, and many other wine writers. He has also published Salvatore Calabrese, Jim Meehan, Clay Risen, and Paul Knorr. Mr. DeVito is the inventor of the mini-kit which has sold more than 100,000,000 copies world wide. He has also publisher such writers as Stephen Hawking, E. O Wilson, Philip Caputo, Gilbert King, James McPherson, John and Mary Gribbin, Thomas Hoving, David Margolick, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., John Edgar Wideman, Stanley Crouch, Dan Rather, Dee Brown, Susie Bright, and Eleanor Clift. He is also the owner of Hudson-Chatham Winery, co-founder of the Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail, and president of the Hudson Valley Wine Country.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Crossroads Brewing Company in Athens, NY

Crossroads Brewing Company opened in October 2010 with a 7 barrel brew house and a small tasting room. Today there is a pub and restaurant right inside the historic Opera House that is home to the brewery. The unique building is once again the pride of the village of Athens, just as it was in 1893. Owners Ken Landin and Janine Bennett are excited to bring you the best of what the region has to offer in great craft beer and farm fresh food in a beautiful, friendly setting.
Head Brewer Hutch Kugeman brews quality craft ales. They have some basic brews (wheat, IPA, brown ale, etc.) and you'll always find something new to try with seasonal and specialty ales also being rotated through their taps.
Executive Chef Paul Parillo has created a delicious menu featuring meats, produce and cheeses from farms from throughout the local Hudson Valley area. The food was excellent. I had the meatloaf and the macaroni and cheese. Fantastic! 


I liked the cream ale (something I haven't had in years...and this is no commercial brew....crafted, delicious), liked the Red Ale, and my favorite was the Black Rock Stout.

Aside from the stout my other favorite was the Wee Heavy, a deep, dark Scotch Ale that was really tasty!

Crosssroads has already garnered excellent attention from the press, and continues to get rave reviews.

Around the brewery and pub and restaurant are historical photographs of Athens and Catskills, which add a lot of interest and fascinating viewpoints on the history of the village.

Go, this is a fun place. They have live music often, and great beer and food!


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