Brown’s Brewing Company | Troy, New York
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Brown’s Brewing Company
Good based on 40 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

417-419 River Street
Troy, New York United States 12180 [ print map ]
518 273 2337 | facebook | twitter

Mayor: boto (1) | Taps: 10 | Bottles: ~10

Brown’s Brewing Company

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Beer Available At Brown’s Brewing Company (arranged by most recent)
Brown’s India Pale Ale 54, Brown’s Harvest I.P.A. , Brown’s Belgian Golden Strong Ale
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40 reviews for Brown’s Brewing Company
 Ambiance  73%
 Service  66%
 Selection  60%
 Food  68%
 Value  72%
 Overall  67%
 Rating  73%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
mfp13jr  (42) Glenville, New York | October 17, 2014
This is a nice representation of a brewery in Troy. They put out decent beer offerings and maintain the turn of the 20th century feel in the old brick building. Sat at the bar with a couple friends for lunch. They only had their beers on tap, but what do you expect when you head to a brewpub? I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I had six beers that day, favorite being the oatmeal stout. The food and the selection was well above average for this type of establishment. Prices fall in line with everyone else, reasonable and expected. Overall, if I lived closer, I’d be here more often supporting my locals.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
boto  (60) Granby, Connecticut | September 16, 2014
Stopped here for a repeat visit. On our first visit (a Friday night) it was jam packed. We only sampled appetizers and drank at the outside bar. The apps that we had were good. This time we made a lunch trip while visiting RPI. The ambiance is good: I love using these old brick buildings for things like brewpubs. I never get tired of being in a place like this. Service was excellent. We had sandwiches for lunch. My wife had the French Dip, which she said it was one of the best she ever had. My Hickory Chicken was top notch. The beers are pretty good too. Worth a stop!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976  (33) Albany, New York | July 9, 2014
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
merc7186  (167) North Tonawanda, New York | November 17, 2013
Visited: 9-22-11 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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 5/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 12/20
eaglefan538  (92) Wilmington, Delaware | October 22, 2013
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
UDBeernut  (155) Saint Johns, Florida | July 11, 2012
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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
AleWife725  (66) Albany, New York | July 4, 2012
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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
justabeergeek  (12) Albany, New York | February 25, 2012
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!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
Voodoo  (26) Pennsylvania | February 14, 2012
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
shadey  (74) Nashville, Tennessee | July 22, 2011
Nice place, in not the greatest part of town. Comfortable, welcoming interior with nice wait-staff and a nice selection of Brown’s beers.

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