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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning

"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

Local Breweries...

The TU reports today about a great beer up at the Davidson Brothers Restaurant and Brewery in downtown Glens Falls. I didn't know this place existsed.

However, there are a number of other SmAlbany microbreweries. In ranked order, based only on the beer. None of these breweries are so great i'd recommend a 2 hour drive to get to them, but they all have something worthwhile on the menu:

#1) The Saratoga Brew Pub (Phila Street, near Ben and Jerry's): definitely the best local stout and a good pale ale. Unfortunately, no sampler plate available.

#2) The Albany Pump Station (near the river off of Broadway): a good assortment of beers, try the Scottish Light or the Kick-ass brown. As a bonus, the food is good , which is rare at a brew pub. Sample plate of 8 beers for six bucks.

#3) The Troy Pub and Brewery (river street, downtown): the beer is just ok. Get the sampler plate and see what you like - they have a lot of beers here and not all are on tap all the time. I like the oatmeal stout the best. This place is now called "Brown's" because they are trying to widen the market for their beer.

#4) Big House Brewery (downtown Albany): The beer just isn't that good. And it's overpriced. At all costs, make sure you don't go on weekend nights, it's way to crowded to be tasting microbrews.
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At 12:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

food is fantastic at the troy pub & brewery as well..

the big house was much better when they had the second restaurant on Wolf Rd.    

At 12:12 PM , Blogger Matt said:

I concur. I forgot to mention that in the main post. The quesedilla (sp?) is especially tasty.    

At 4:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't think the Big House even brews beer anymore... That's what I've heard, at least. I used to like their Legs Diamond Pale Ale, but it stopped being worth the hassle of the Big House crowds.    

At 4:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

I WOULD recommend a two hour drive (it's less, actually) to Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown. Hands down, the best beer brewed in New York State.    

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