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Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery

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Davidson Brothers Restaurant & BreweryDavidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery
Based on:
20 Beers
553 Hads
Place Score: 91
Reviews: 35
Visits: 57
Avg: 4.05
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

184 Glen St.
Glens Falls, New York, 12801
United States
phone: (518) 743-9026 | map

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Reviews: 35 | Visits: 57
Reviews by TangTKE402:
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3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I live almost literally across the street from Davidson Brothers Pub and Brewery, so needless to say I'm a bit bias. As far as I'm concerned, this place is part of what makes Glens Falls unique, and I can honestly say it may be the heart of this quiet, bristling foothills town. I love everything about this place, and just to have a brewery in downtown GF is a treat, and I will continue to patronize this place until I leave this beautiful part of the world.

Now on to the critical part:
Davidson Brothers beer is good. Not great. Good. It suffers from an intangible quality that creates a universally creamy texture and flat flavor across all beers brewed here. Perhaps they put too much yeast in, or ferment it for too long, but the great flavor of the beers is lost in a sea of funky texture. A good example of what's wrong: compare an IPA from the tap to one out of the bottle. The DB IPA brewed and bottled by Harpoon (I believe) tastes much more crisp and bright than the DB IPA from the tap at the brewery. This is my only complaint about the place.

As far as what they do well, I love their rotating stock. They take criticism extremely well, and I have more than once received a 25% off card in the mail for filling out one of the review cards that came with the check. In the 3 years I've frequented the place they have changed up their menu and their look to reflect the suggestions of people who frequent the place. Rick Davidson is always on hand to ensure quality in service and atmosphere in the restaurant. They reward repeat customers by changing up their brewer's choice beer every chance they get, and even create special beers like the Strong Ale and the yuletide Belgian Trippel, which is quite a treat. Only locals benefit from this as the only beer they bottle is the Dacker and the IPA (I believe no longer the brown.)

All things considered, this place is a gem in the middle of a town on the grow, and I hope people visit just to say they've experienced true North Country hospitality, and had some good beer with it!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of smi69
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of scxcrunner
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

I had high hopes for this one. The atmosphere is great, the food was good, the beer was nothing special but some of their stuff was alright. Unfortunately, the service was horrendous I really hope it was just our waitress but she was miserable

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Photo of Jlabs
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Fish427
4.9/5  rDev +21%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

A++++ Craft beers and fantastic service

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Photo of eflynn2
4.71/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Next to Blue Monk and CH Evans, one of the pioneers with a great location and atmosphere.

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3.16/5  rDev -22%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 1.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Good beer selection, decent food - great deep fried pickles. I have had terrible front end service each time I have eaten there...

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Photo of BeerBucks
4/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of gwiedman1
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

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1/5  rDev -75.3%

Photo of Lovely85
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.36/5  rDev -17%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Arrhenius
5/5  rDev +23.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of moscow2042
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of TroyS62
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of redbarnbikes
2.49/5  rDev -38.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Been revisiting Davidson's from time to time in hopes that i might not be disappointed. I'm really not one to send a beer back to the bar but had to with their scottish ale. At least the batch i got was undrinkable. I am mostly an IPA drinker (with a broad range of appreciation) and have only had mediocre at best from these guys. I was also very disappointed to learn that they don't even brew their own beer on location. It is shipped down from Maine.

If you do end up here be sure to get the beer battered onion rings !
Here's to hoping their beer will one day match their quaint location.

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Photo of Kubrick99
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of vonnegut21
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A restaurant and brewery with better food than beer, really. The beer is all serviceable, some very tasty (the scotch ale and oatmeal stout, especially) but some really watery, kinda poor beer (the smoked porter was gross). The food however, is delicious, and the space in Glens Falls is beautiful. The owner, Rick Davidson, is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet, and is constantly walking around and asking customers what they think of everything. The rest of the staff is similarly nice. Worth a stop if you're in the area, but not worth a big drive just for the beer alone.

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Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery in Glens Falls, NY
91 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.