Worth the Trip
You might expect a place with a pool table and an extraordinary selection of brew to attract a rowdy bunch of fraternity brothers for traditional fried pub food. Au contraire. The inn also has a quaint candlelit dining area with a fireplace and pleasant music playing in the background. In addition to the amazing array of beers, the inn also has a decent wine list, plus a full bar. (I’ll try the house made horseradish-infused vodka on my next visit when I have a designated driver.) Chili, fish and chips and burgers can be found on the menu, but some wonderful culinary delights are here for your enjoyment, as well. The chef also prepares appetizer and entrée specials each night. See The Country Inn's Facebook page for current specials.
I visited the Country Inn of Krumville in April of 2007. After ordering a delicious pint of Evan's Kick Ass Brown Ale (brewed in Albany), I decided to bypass the soup, salad, peppercorn encrusted duck breast, calamari and other starters and go with a beer theme for my meal. First, I sampled the Mussels with Lambic, a large portion of tender mussels in a mild Belgian-style lambic beer broth with some cooked onions. The broth was good enough to pull me away from the tasty dipping oil that came with my warm bread.
Chew Your Beer
I ordered a second draught beer from the list of 10, a Corsendonk Brown from Belgium. My friendly server informed me that this was the beer used to slow cook the beef in my entrée. Fitting. I have no problem drinking and eating the same beer.
The Carbonnade was a hearty choice for a cold, rainy, early spring day. The small chunks of tender and flavorful beer-soaked beef reminded me of something that might be found in a top-notch stew. They were served over egg noodles with enough savory brown beer sauce to use as a dip for the final piece of bread I had remaining.
For beer number three, I opted for something less filling. The Hoptical Illusion India Pale Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company on Long Island fit the bill, and it was something I had never tried, nor heard of, for that matter. It was very hoppy but still enjoyable.
Each of the four “solid” dessert choices may be ordered with or without a suggested port or cordial. I chose the chocolate cake paired with a glass of Dow's Aged Tawny Port. If I have to find a criticism, the cake was just average. I guess that's what I get for straying from the beer theme.
The Country Inn of Krumville may be off the beaten path, but it's worth the trip, even if beer is not your beverage of choice. Of course, if you do like to try new brews, you'll need to find your way to Krumville, New York, 150 times or so to sample them all.
What You Need to Know About the Country Inn of Krumville
The inn accepts cash only, but an ATM is located on-site for those who are accustomed to only carrying plastic.
Reservations are accepted and are an especially good idea for groups of six or more. Call during regular business hours, 845-657-8956, as this old school restaurant does not have a fax or answering machine.