In the mid-18th century, distillers at Albany's first distillery, the Quackenbush Still House, crafted rum from Caribbean molasses, Hudson River water, and wild yeast. Instead of Quackenbush's large wooden fermenting vessels, The Albany Distilling Company's distilling duo, Matt Jager and John Curtin, rely on sleek, modern equipment to create their Quackenbush Still House rum. Updated gear, yeast, and water aside, Matt and John stick to Quackenbush's original recipe to yield the rum's smooth, butterscotch-flavored finish.
Their other small-batch spirits likewise pay homage to recipes of old, from the slowly processed Coal Yard New Make whiskey to Ironweed, a Prohibition-style whiskey aged in oak. Available throughout New York state, The Albany Distilling Company's libations are also served twice weekly at the distillery's very own tasting room.
Honest Weight Food Co-op's community-minded group of members fills carts with a focus on whole grains, bulk staples, and other natural edibles. The store's competing specialty departments clamor for attention with locally raised meat to sate carnivorous tummies, international cheeses to pair with wine, and bulk whole foods such as organic Turkish figs ($6.99) and organic French lentils ($3.25) to taunt squirrels with. Some shoppers swear by the 100 Mile Diet built around hyper-local items designated throughout the store, while others indulge cravings for foreign flavor with hard-to-find imports such as San-J’s Thai peanut sauce ($3.89 for a 10-oz. bottle). Deli offerings which may include ratatouille and curried root vegetables with tofu, rotate alongside a selection of meat-free sandwiches and fresh-baked bread, creating a delicious dual carousel to confuse children.
Bright florescent lights of electric lime, sapphire, and scarlet illuminate Zero Gravity's 5,000-square-foot multilevel battlefield. Each laser- tag game at Zero Gravity lasts 15 minutes, and up to 40 laser sharpshooters can put their precision to the test at once. After a pre-game instruction and gear-up session, participating players are divided into two teams (up to 20 players each) and unleashed upon the space-themed interior, where loud music awakens hibernating adrenalines faster than even the fastest roosters can put on a pot of coffee. Thereafter, a friendly fight ensues between team members as they explore the futuristic funscape, dodging and dispatching low-level lasers while developing fresh batches of functional dance moves.
Passonno Paints has equipped brush wielders with high-quality paint for more than 80 years. A friendly, knowledgeable staff helps patrons navigate thousands of hues from series such as Rustic Colors and The Historic Colour Collection, which includes all 149 colors of President Lincoln’s pet rainbow. In addition to transforming dwellings with vivid colors and equipping windows with blinds, Passonno Paints has also created an award-winning latex-paint-recycling program.