United States > New York > Troy
Chad9976 (33) Albany, New York | July 9, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
I know a lot of people dislike this brewery’s beers, but LOVE the taproom. I think I like both equally (well, maybe the restaurant is a little better).
I like the atmosphere here. A mixture of rustic and metropolitan. There’s two floors, plus a bar area and a back deck overlooking the ugly Hudson River.
They usually carry about 8-10 of their own beers on tap at any given time. You can do a flight of all of them for about $9 (not a bad deal). Pints are reasonably priced and there’s a different "beer of the day" every day. Look for cask beer on Thursday nights. Though I hate the fact that almost everything is served in shaker glasses (except their wheats and Belgians).
I’ve heard complaints of diacetyl, DMS, etc though I rarely get those myself. I recommend their pumpkin beer, their Belgian golden ale and their world famous Whiskey Barrel Aged Porter. For a fun beer cocktail: blend their oatmeal stout with their cherry raspberry or ask for a shandy made with their pilsner and lemonade.
Food here is excellent. A little on the pricey side, though. Not much on the menu is priced below $10. It’s a great for groups - just order a few appetizers and split the cost. It’ll be surprisingly inexpensive.
Service has always been good. Nothing particularly memorable though (good or bad).
Saturday or Sunday afternoons in the summer on the deck are probably the best times to visit.
merc7186 (159) North Tonawanda, New York | November 17, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
I personally believe locals over hype their near by places. I live on the other side of NYS, so I am an unbiased person.
The brewery is located inside of an old building along the river and maintains a lot of the structural heritage. It has 2 floors for seating and a back patio that overlooks the river out back. They had 11 of their beers on tap and Guiness, along with their bombers in the cooler for sale. The bartenders were attentive and the beers I had (Oktoberfest and Harvest IPA) were decent. I didn’t try and food this time but will in the future. The prices were 4.50/pint which is average for a brewpub. I will probably stop back in the future to try more from their arsenal in the near future.
eaglefan538 (92) Wilmington, Delaware | October 22, 2013
52 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Busy college town establishment on a NYG Monday Night Football evening, surprisingly not jammed to the shoulder though. Food was decent, nothing spectacular, far better than their mediocre beer. Out of oatmeal stout. Out of IPA. Out of Pale Ale. WTH????? Aren’t those staples of any microbrewery????? Ofest and pilsner were malty messes. Service was mediocre. Meh.
UDBeernut (120) Moving to Jax, Florida | July 11, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Went here for dinner diring the week. Lots of people on the patio and a few seats at the bar. I ordered the pale ale and it was poo. Ordered the buffalo chicken wrap and it was served fast, also quite satisfying. Prices for food were a bit high but the beer is cheap during happy hour. I wish they served better beer here, it would be worth coming back then.
AleWife725 (66) Albany, New York | July 4, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Good local brewery, but over the last several visits have had trouble getting waited on at the bar. Also, difficult to get kegs there due to "limited availability". However, their food is great, and worth a stop if you are visiting with an out-of-town-er.
justabeergeek (12) Albany, New York | February 25, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Brown’s is great. I love most of their beers, and they usually have 7-8 beers on tap. The ambiance is fantastic (although, at times, incredibly loud) and the food is phenomenal. That said, we’ve gone there a few times and they’ve been out of many of their beers, and when it’s really busy (which it is at all of the predictable times: Thursday-Sat night), the service drops off tremendously. Given this, I had to give them a 6 for service, but other than that, it’s a great place to go in Troy!
Voodoo (15) Pennsylvania | February 14, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
One of the few success stories of Troy. It’s inside what appears to be an old factory shell in a row of older commercial brick buildings. A wonderful air about it. When the college up the hill, RPI, has something big the staff is at times overwhelmed so if it’s a big weekend expect a longer conversation. It’s a comfortable place so when it happens it’s never bothered us. Decently built brews and good food. An enjoyable experience.
shadey (70) Nashville, Tennessee | July 22, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Nice place, in not the greatest part of town. Comfortable, welcoming interior with nice wait-staff and a nice selection of Brown’s beers.
beerbill (103) Laurel, New York | May 8, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
I stopped in during a recent business trip to Albany. I usually visit the Albany Pump House when I am in Albany, and didn’t realize this place is less than ten minutes away until recently. The place has a lot of old wood and has that old pubby feel to it, which I like. There were eight beers on tap when I stopped in and I picked up a growler of the Maple Nut Brown Ale. The staff were friendly and helpful and happy to talk beer. I guess my only complaint is the cost of the initial growler fill, which was $35 for a 2 litre swingtop + beer. Had I known, I would have taken ten minutes and parked my ass at the bar and drank my pint there. I did not eat when I was there, and will update this review when I have done so. I will return, growler in hand, for my refill!
BeerloverEJ21 (12) Georgia | February 23, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
One of my all time favorite places. When I lived in Clifton Park NY, Id drive down to Troy and go to Browns on a regular basis. I love the atmosphere, although you’d better go early, because it can get crowded. They brew the beer right there at the restaurant, and Ive never had a bad pint. They only serve their own beer, which is fine because they normally have 8-10 on tap and a good variety. The food is awesome, great burgers, wings, really everything is good. It’s right on the Hudson River, and whenever I go back to the Northeast, this is definitely on my list to visit.
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