The famous Budweiser Clydesdales came for a visit to my hometown of Baldwinsville, New York last week. They were in town for a special employee event at the Budweiser Baldwinsville Brewery and our Mayor and Chamber of Commerce was able to convince them to make special beer deliveries to a few of the village’s pubs and restaurants.
The Hitch has not visited Baldwinsville since 1984 when they made an appearance in the Baldwinsville Oktoberfest parade. To have their own parade through town after all these years was fitting. They were the stars back than and more so now.
The team is lead by Dillon and Mitch followed by Drew and Cas, Chico and Diamond and Jack and Greg. The two drivers were Dick Rosen and Eric Soto with Brewer the Dalmatian riding on the wagon.
As this visit was not widely promoted, I had a lot of fun seeing the surprised faces of people in the cars passing through town. The Clydesdales stopped traffic as they were escorted over the Canal and Seneca River bridges and through the Four Corners of the village of Baldwinsville. One of the busiest intersections in our county. Especially on a Friday evening. I described this to several of the stopped drivers as the ultimate beer run.
The weather was hot and humid and the horses, drivers, Dalmatian mascot and team support members worked up quite a sweat during the two hour tour of the village. They dropped off special red, white and blue cases of Budweiser beer to the Pizza Man Pub, Mohegan Manor, Sammy Malone’s, Lake Effect, Red Mill Inn and Lock 24 restaurant. This gave the owners photo opportunities to use in future advertising and displays in their establishments.
This Budweiser Clydesdales team is based out of Merrimack, New Hampshire and travel in three haulers, two for the horses (four in each) and one for the wagon and tack. When the hitch is together the weight is estimated to be around 12 tons. The Clydesdale range in weight from 1,800 to 2,500 pounds.