If you are tired of the run-of-the-mill beer selection at your usual watering hole and wish to expand your palate, while scarfing down some good eats in the process, then Honesdale's Hotel Wayne is a place you should visit.
- If you are tired of the run-of-the-mill beer selection at your usual watering hole and wish to expand your palate, while scarfing down some good eats in the process, then Honesdale's Hotel Wayne is a place you should visit. Typically, the bar has about 80 beers available ranging from local microbrews to some of the finest things Belgian monks can make. Over the past five years, general manager Jim Petorak has steadily developed the bar's offerings both in bottles and on tap. One of the more unique brews available there is Dogfish Head's Midas Touch Golden Elixir. First introduced in 1999, Midas Touch was the first of several “Ancient Ales” to be brewed by the Delaware based craft brewery. The recipe for the drink was formulated by analyzing residue in drinking urns found in the tomb of the historical figure King Midas, who ruled Phyrgia (an ancient kingdom in northwest Turkey) during the later 8th century BC. Comprised of a mixture of barley, Muscat grapes, honey, and saffron, it is a unique brew that can appeal to wine connoisseurs and beer snobs alike. Available year-round, Midas Touch boasts a sweet flavor and walks a fine line between an ale and a mead. At 9 percent alcohol by volume, it can pack a light punch if imbibed on an empty stomach. The honey flavor is evident in the beginning and if left to warm up a bit, the grape notes become more pronounced. It paired well with Chef David Schwartz's calamari. The appetizer is prepared with hand cut fresh squid that is lightly seasoned, battered, fried, and garnished with a savory sauce and banana peppers. While it would probably not pair as well with the calamari, another beer that appeals to wine drinkers and is normally available at the Hotel Wayne is Lindeman's Framboise. This bubbly, raspberry lambic comes from Belgium and plays to sweet and tart tastes. It's a great beer to pair with cheesecake or chocolate desserts. Of course, if you just wanted a chocolate beer for dessert that can be arranged as well. Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout boasts a rich, sweet chocolate flavor that starts strong and finishes the same way. While heavy in body, It's only is 5 percent alcohol and, surprisingly, is not overly filling, so if one isn't enough, a second or third would not put you under the table. Beers from local breweries (and not-too-far-away breweries) also compliment the selection. Offerings from Carbondale's 3 Guys and a Beer'd are usually available on tap, while selections from Shawnee-On-Delaware's ShawneeCraft and Pittston's Susquehanna Brewing Company can regularly be found in the bottle cooler. Similarly, staples and seasonals from regional favorites such as Cooperstown's Ommegang; Easton's Weyerbacher; and Downingtown's Victory occupy spots on the menu. With such variety, there's a beer for everyone at the Hotel Wayne.