Instead of beer, I enjoyed a steaming cup of cocoa by the gorgeous bonfire during the Trout Town Winterfest.

Trout Town WinterFest: Roscoe, NY is the hot place to be!

For the third year in a row, the folks at the Roscoe Beer Company have thrown a party of epic proportions, proving once again that Trout Town is (IMHO) the place to be. Reminding me that the event was “dog friendly,” Dharma pawed at the door, anxious to get her groove on with scores of other canines and join the huge crowd of enthusiasts out for a day (and night) of bonfires, kids activities, live music, ice carving demonstrations, sleigh rides and of course, beer, beer, beer! Calling themselves “folks that enjoy the great outdoors,” the entire staff is proud to proclaim that they “embrace their community and value all of the great things our great country has to offer. We are business owners,” their Facebook page declares “mothers, fathers, fishermen, hunters, educators, horsemen and hikers.” Reflecting that sentiment are the Beer Company’s patrons, who share the feelings expressed by the business owners when they say, “We work hard, play hard and absolutely enjoy a great beer when the time is right!”

Roscoe, NY, also known as Trout Town USA, is internationally recognized as one of the best outdoors towns in the world. It has received awards and honors including World Fishing Networks’ “Ultimate Fishing Town” in 2011. As folks wandered in and out of the Roscoe Beer Company, live music provided by Peter Florence & The New Kings (with Albi Beluli) in the dance tent followed by Jason Casterlin & The Hillbilly Parade filled the air as the “Ice Crew” from the Stump Devils Wood Carvers wowed the crowd with frosty creations carved on the spot. Spectators gathered by the bonfire outdoors to play Giant Jenga and sip hot cocoa adjacent to the Beer Garden throughout the day; then festivities moved indoors to keep the party going at the Rockland House. For more photos of Trout Town WinterFest, visit


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