Sherburne, New York, is a one-stoplight town. But, that red circle isn’t the only reason for pause.
It’s not unusual for drivers to make a U-turn when they see the large sign that reads “BEER” on the side of Bullthistle Brewing Co. And those otherwise passers-through are rewarded for their efforts.
There’s nothing trendy about the craft beer Charlie Anderson makes here or the creative dishes Co-Owner Brad Taft creates. It’s simply food and beverage for the people served in a welcoming atmosphere.
“We set the place up to be homie, comfortable, pub-y,” Taft says. “We try to do beers that are approachable. If you come in and you [like] beer, there’s something here you’ll drink.
“We’re a small, community-based brewery,” he says. “We just wanted a place where the neighborhood could come, have a beer, relax, be comfortable and have a good time.”
The core beers were developed for the everyman palate, Anderson says. Bullthistle tends to stay away from the hop-heavy ales. The flagship “Beer 30” is a traditional lager meant to impress someone stepping outside their mass-produced comfort zone.
At the same time, Anderson and Taft have been known to push their own boundaries.