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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Rogues' Harbor Inn Loves Finger Lakes Fresh

Finger Lakes Fresh Boston Lettuce

We love all things local here at Rogues'. Sometimes our devotion is challenging here in the not always warm and sunny Finger Lakes. Summer and fall are abundant with fresh local produce: herbs, salad greens, peaches, apples, corn.... Come February, we're down to root vegetables and possibly kale. Not that we have anything against root vegetables, but we do need our leafy greens. So, we were pretty happy to find Finger Lakes Fresh just a few miles up the road from us.They grow the most beautiful lettuce and arugula, year round, hydroponically in green houses.

A write up in our favorite local magazine, Edible Finger Lakes, lead us to them. "Finger Lakes Fresh specialize in hydroponics (derived from the Greek words for water and labor), a method of farming that delivers nutrients to plants in a water solution, without soil, to produce pesticide-free greens. Their greenhouses are clear-domed structures that use solar radiation to warm plants and their contained environments help the growers control light and temperature, pests and other factors, ensuring that a reliable source."
We're thinking about our spring menu and their arugula is going to be included in at least a summery salad and a pasta dish. We've found a few more wonderful local components for the spring menu, too. We'll be blogging/bragging about them soon. But, today we celebrate greens.
 Even when it’s snowing outside, crispy, crunchy lettuce is available for our salads and sandwiches that's locally grown, fresh and pesticide free. Fresh, local greens all year long, it's a dream come true.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Easter Dinner 2013 in Ithaca, NY, the Heart of the Finger Lakes

Easter signals spring in the Finger Lakes. I've already seen signs. Snow drops and winter aconite in the garden are blooming and the tips of daffodils are coming up through the thawing soil. Our spring menu is in the works, spring Bock beer is being kegged and even the return of a snow bird staff member, KC! Of course, our Easter dinner specials are planned too.
We'll be serving Easter dinner all day from noon til 8 pm on Sunday, March 31st. Fresh, local and spring inspired is the theme as always. Chefs Andy and Jeff are preparing a local organic Berkshire ham from Blue Heron Acres with a bourbon and brown sugar glace. It really is the tastiest ham on earth. Our spring Brewer's Choice, Bock beer, would pair well with it. Bock is historically associated with special occasions, often religious festivals such as Christmas, Easter or Lent. Bocks have a long history of being brewed and consumed by Bavarian monks as a source of nutrition during times of fasting.  Ours is clear with a copperish brown body and a bountiful and persistent off-white head. The taste is rich and toasty, with a bit of caramel. 
Celebrate Spring. Reservations are suggested 607.533.3535

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Can't Wait for St. Patrick's Day 2013 in Ithaca, NY!

It's nearly March 17th. One of my favorite days of the year. As you may have guessed, I'm Irish. It was one of my Dad's favorite days of the year, too. While I was in college he always sent me a few bucks for St. Patrick's Day. The card always read, "Here's a little pocket money for the day. Miss you." No need to mention which day. We both knew. He would occasionally miss my birthday, but he never, never missed St. Patrick's Day. It was important since we lived far apart that we each raise a glass at the same time that day and have a beer together- even if I was in Boston or Ithaca and he was in D.C.  The tradition continues here at Rogues' even though Dad's been gone for many years.
We'll have lots and lots of beer on hand. All of our own craft brews along with Guinness, Harp, Cortland's Industrial IPA...I think our Cayuga Cream Ale goes best with Corned Beef and Cabbage. But, we did offer pairing suggestions on our specials menu for both Saturday, March 16 and Sunday March 17. It's too great a celebration to confine to one day. Corned Beef and Cabbage is a must. In case that's not your fav, we also will be offering Finger Lakes Beef Stew, Irish Nachos and my favorite Guinness Chocolate Pudding. It's a dark chocolate pudding made with Guinness; it even looks like a mini pint of Guinness when we add the whipped cream on top.
Join us. Raise a glass on this fine day. Everyone is honorary Irish at least one day of the year, and this we wish for you,

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Be Stylin this Summer with a Rogues’ Harbor Cycling Jersey

We’re getting ready for warm weather and Rogues’ Harbor is out in front with some new cycling wear for the summer of 2013. We are placing an order next week for the new Rogues’ Harbor cycling jersey, so anybody wanting to pre-order before Tuesday March 12th will receive $10 off the regular retail price of $75 (pre-order price $65). Matching bib shorts are also available for $85, but ONLY for those wishing to pre-order.
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Don’t know what size to order? You can refer to the manufactures sizing chart (click here for sizing chart http://champ-sys.com/media/Cycling%20Jeresey%20Size%20Chart(2).pdf) or come to Rogues’ Harbor Sunday evening (3/10) from 5:30PM-7PM and we’ll have sizing samples for you to try on. BTW: Rogues’ Harbor free Sunday night tasting this Sunday features Bellwether Hard Cider, from 5:30PM-7PM, so stop by taste some cider and order a jersey.

With new cycling wear on the street, Rogues’ Harbor will be organizing a few weekend fun rides this summer starting from Rogues’ Harbor in Lansing, NY. Dates and times will be announced when the jersey order arrives in late April. For anybody wanting something a little more challenging, Rogues’ Harbor is looking to expand their competitive cycling team of one (me) at the following local cycling races:

If you want to do some competitive cycling for Rogues’ Harbor or would like to order some cycling clothing please contact me before 3/12 (order goes in 3/13).
Chris Williams – Brewer
Rogues Harbor Brewing
cell: 585-766-0730