Craft Beer in an Unlikely Location: At the DeCicco’s Grocery Store in Armonk
On the steps leading to the second level of the DeCicco’s grocery store in Armonk are these names:
You stare at it for a minute or two and then it dawns on you: This is a stairway to beer heaven.
Climb those steps, make a quick left and then another and here it is (cue choir of hops-bearing angels): a handsome square bar with a brick base, 28 beer taps, six for wine, aerial views of the produce and delicatessen departments, basketball on the large television screen, Bob Marley’s “Jamming’ ” on the sound system and customers cradling glasses of Allagash Interlude and Victory Festbier .
The DeCicco’s stores have made a name for themselves over the past decade with a wholehearted commitment to craft beer, starting with the to-go jugs called growlers at the Ardsley location in the mid-2000s.
“The beer community was very supportive, but the traditional grocery community thought we were insane,” said Chris DeCicco who, with his cousin Joe DeCicco, leads what he calls the company’s “beer guys.” A small bar at the Brewster store called the DeCicco’s Tap Room followed and when plans were being made to build a store in Armonk — it opened in the summer of […]