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.