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Craft Beer 101: Where are local breweries in the Albany area?

Albany is one of the best craft beer towns in New York State.  The Capital District features two breweries and one brewpub.   
131 Excelsior Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
While the Olde Saratoga Brewing Company may be best known for their contract brewing (they make all of the Shmaltz beers), they have just released their second beer under their own label. Their Lager “is brewed in the grand tradition of the Vienna Lagers of Austria and Marzenbiers of Munich” and is a very good lager.     
19 Quackenbush Square
Albany, NY 12207
C.H. Evans Ale is housed in the Albany Pump Station which was built in the late 1800’s to pump municipal water from the nearby Hudson River. The brewpub maintained the architecture of the original building which makes it one of the coolest settings to enjoy a pint in the Empire State. C.H. Evans’ Kick-Ass Brown Ale is a three-time gold medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival.
417 River Street
Troy, NY 12180
Brown’s Brewing Company has twice won The Matthew Vassar Brewers' Cup as the best brewery in the Hudson Valley. The brewery won the award in 2008 and also in 1998 when it was known as the Troy Pub & Brewery. The beer to try here is the Whiskey Barrel Aged Porter. 


  • Eli Shayotovich 5 years ago

    Good stuff, man! When I come to Albany I'll hit these up.

    - Southern Colorado Beer Examiner

  • Sideways 5 years ago

    You say "Albany is one of the best craft beer towns in New York State." You're kidding, of course.

    It has only one brewery -- C.H. Evans, which you mention.

    The Big House Brewery closed and, in the nearby suburbs Malt River also went out of business.

    In nearby Schenectady, the Van Dyck closed (although it MIGHT start brewing again under its new owners). Luckily, Brown's Brewery in Troy is going strong

    But to your wording: That hardly makes a city, or even a region, a good craft beer spot.

  • Kevin Burns 5 years ago

    Ok, Sideways I will play along (nicely of course).

    Yes I said Albany is one of the best craft beer towns in NY State. I think the city and even it's boroughs are at the top. Note that I said one of the best not the best. Who else is in the arguement? I would say maybe Rochester with two breweries, a great beer store and some good beer bars. Cooperstown? Possibly with two good breweries but no real great bars or stores that I know of.

    Everything inbetween the city and Albany is to spread out to be in one town. Keegan Ales and Captain lawrence are great but they are far apart.

    Albany has one brewpub, two breweries within reason, two very good beer stores, one of the world's best beer bars and several other very good craft beer bars.

    You tried to discredit my arguement but never offered up any other possibillities.

  • Lat Schmidt 5 years ago

    Think of Albany as a region- within an hours drive you also have Omegang in Coopestown, Davidson Bro in Glens Falls, Madison in Bennington etc. The Van Dyke in Schenectady is referbishing the brewing system abandoned by the backrupt previous owners (bought from creditors last winter for $70,000)and one of the new owners tells me he will distribute the brews to the other bars and restaurants he owns- starting in the Fall 2009. We live in a great time to be a beer drinker.