Crossroads Brewing Company
Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
3.6/5 rDev -18.6%
As I am wont to do on trips to VT, I decided to try out a new place about mid-way on my journey back home. This time, that place happened to be Crossroads. I'd never expect a brewpub to be in an area like this, but there it was, with the river just a block or so away. Pretty nice layout, clean and bright, lots of wood, with a vaguely nautical theme going on. Random breweriana on the walls, mostly vintage serving trays. A good medium-sized bar and plenty of table seating.
The country music was a major turn-off, but at least it was low enough to the point where I could ignore it and still enjoy the atmosphere.
There were 11 or 12 beers on tap, and a hand-pump. The beers I sampled were decent, pretty average stuff. The selections weren't too diverse, and included 2 stouts, 2 APAs (plus a copy in the cask), 2 IPAs, a saison, a red, and the rest filled out with lighter stuff, I think a wheat, blonde, and a cream ale. I suppose there's something for everyone, with nothing too complex going on. They also had a different IPA available in bottles, but I did not purchase one...based on the IPAs they had on tap, I just didn't think $15 was a fair price tag, plus I had no idea how old the bottles were.
Service was okay, but a little spotty. There were about 8 people at the bar and the bartender was having some trouble keeping up. It wasn't really that busy, though people were getting growler fills. After my initial sampler flight, I had to flag her down for both food and water. It might not have been completely her fault, but she obviously needed some help back there. And of course, favoritism towards regulars left me a bit in the dust as well.
The food menu wasn't too extensive, but they had some good pub grub choices on there, burgers and whatnot, and a few entrees. I opted for the sausage platter, which was really good actually. Three sausages, potato salad and pickled vegetables, with a $15 price tag was pretty fair.
Overall this was a decent place. The beer wasn't really anything to write home about, but I'd still go back if I was in town again for whatever reason.
08-02-2014 01:38:03 | More by Rifugium
4.51/5 rDev +2%
Really sweet place. Get there early if you are there on the weekend, it gets packed early. They always have a good amount of beers on tap, and they open at least one new cask every week! Unfortunately it was all gone for the week I went :-(. The food is superb for a brewpub, so good everything we had. There beers are mostly all solid, scotch ale and cream ale not so much. But the Outrage IPA they brew there is the star of the show and you must drink it before anything else they brew. Before you head out make sure to get a porter or stout ice cream float, best way to end a night!
03-28-2014 13:32:48 | More by vicg12
4.31/5 rDev -2.5%
Crossroads Brewing Company is a bit off the beaten path, even for Upstate, NY. Located in a renovated former opera house in the quiet Athens, Crossroads was an unexpectedly great find.
As I pull up, I'm not really sure what to expect. A former opera house turned brewery in a small town I've never been to. Walking in the door, any qualms are instantly relieved. The main room is beautifully renovated and maintains a turn of the century type feel while still allowing for more modern amenities (Yankees on the TV and Jam-On rocking in the background). The woodwork is absolutely gorgeous. Large windows, lots of light. Spacious bar. It's a lazy Saturday and people trickle in and out, enjoying the mellow atmosphere. A very comfortable setting.
I sit down and order their black IPA wet hopped with locally grown hops. Pretty tasty. Through the windows to the brewhouse, I can see Hutch doughing in. Once he does, he pops in to say hello to a couple of regulars and then ducks back to his brew. They have a small, but diverse food menu. Lots of locally sourced ingredients, which is a big plus in my book. Oh, what's that? They have a smoker? Yes please. The smoked wings are excellent and the Empire Salad is a shockingly good accompaniment when paired with a pint of Maggie's Farm (their excellent house Saison).
As I wrap up my meal and my pint, I can't help but think--why isn't this place closer to home? I'd be a regular for sure. But then again, maybe the remote location is what lends this place its charm? All I know is that I'll be back again soon. If you're anywhere in the area, this place is an absolute must.
09-09-2013 14:18:09 | More by vonnegut21
4.28/5 rDev -3.2%
I’m always wowed at how narrow & slight the mighty Hudson is this far north, I do always forget that. Had 15 minutes ‘til opening show time, so I looked in on the river and circled Athens (twice) to see the things that generally make up a town, and found none of them ‘cept signs for the fire department. Returned, easily parked, and was on their doorstep at 4, as were about a dozen other people. Athens, late afternoon Wednesday...
Large open room with a brew room behind glass on the far end, and to the rear, a plank wood topped ‘L’ shaped bar, panel base & piping foot rail; seating for 18 on hightop wood chairs. Barback is a fitted wood unit running the wall. 12 taps with a mix of block and table leg handles on a stainless steel panel on the barback center, below a horizontal board listing tap selections with style, ABV’s, & IBU’s done up in chalk. Shelved glassware, pints, mugs, & stems to both sides, and growlers, beer books, sports pieces (Jets/Rangers), and random figurines & things, too. Flatscreens mounted in the corners, wood cabinet space below the barback where the bodies are buried, and a single handpump down the bar for cask Thursdays.
Plank wood far wall with old tyme Athens black & whites, and maybe some Hudson River action, too. An airplane propeller mounted and vintage bearings on an old piano alongside. Opposite wall over the brewroom windows adorned with vintage beer trays. Dark slat wood floorings, white painted ceilings, drop pan lamps & spinnys. Drop miner lanterny lighting over the bar and mounted barback, and tea candles along the bar & tabled. It’s very dim, difficult to see what’s what. But yet, I scribble scribble notes.
5 baby raised roundys adjacent to the bar, hugging the divider. 2 more hightops along the far wall, and upwards of a dozen and a half tables up front, some of them pushed together for larger parties. Hallway of press pieces framed around the bend. Good stuff. Took a tour of the second floor; an event/music space in the making. It’s pretty goddamn awesome up there, I will not lie.
10 beers on tap, a sampler is 6 of your choice (and I will bum samples of the others) in 5oz glasses served on a paddle with selections chalked on it. 4 regulars (Outrage IPA, 7%, nice bitterness, very good hoppiness; Brady’s Bay Cream Ale, 5%, nice easy drinking blonde; Brooks Brown Ale, 7%, bite, hop, roast, oh yes; Brick Row Red Ale, 5%, a lightly hopped, malty red, likes it ought to be), and 6 seasonals (White Dog Wit, 4.9%, coriander, but not over the top, nicely subdued, easy; Dr. Loomis Pumpkin Ale, 5.6%, something something, not liking, no; Hammerstone Pale Ale, 5.6%, wet hopped with local hops, citrus fruity, nice; Maggie’s Farm, 7.4%, spicy Saisonness, floral hoppiness; Athen’s Mill Amber Ale, 5.5%, honey rye amber, pleasant, sweet honey; Frankenstout, 6.2%, oak aged stout with pumpkin spice. This spiced stout crosses the line into nutmeg vanilla pumpkiny things I don’t love about pumpkiny things). Outrage IPA, Brady’s Bay Cream Ale, Brooks Brown Ale, White Dog Wit, & Maggie’s Farmhouse Ale were the best of ‘em. Really, the only things I didn’t like on were those that saw the pumpkin treatment.
Food, sure, I do that sort of thing. Started with the chicken & rice soup; was some good stuff. And it took me some time but I got around to ordering a ½ dozen wings in a stout sauce. Very nicely smoked, why didn’t I get a dozen of ‘em? It would have been twice as good as the ½ dozen I done gotten and ‘et.
Hey, it’s Hutch, brewer at 7-barrel system large. We may have shot the shit some keeping him from his general, um, beer duties. And for that I apologize to all. Caught Amy serving, pleasant, cordial, attentive. They are playing good tunes here; I do dig. Wow, the Yankee (night) game is on. It got late, what with me yammering on and the tour and drink and all. I think I’ve been here for a good while now. While Athens is a bit off the beaten track, it can jam here. It’s a good house; lots of old wood, original parts, so to speak. Some very nice beers on here, I’d like to see what’s coming from these folks. A solid addition to the Hudson Valley, fillin’ in them gaps nicely.
12-20-2012 00:46:04 | More by slander
4.53/5 rDev +2.5%
This place is here to stay the beers are great which they have 10 on tap. The beer style runs from a great Black Rock Stout to the award winning Outrage IPA. The Outrage IPA is definitely their best beer and I would say it's one of the top 20 IPA's in the world. If you like Pliney the Elder, Dreadnaughter IPA or Bell's Hopslam IPA then give their Outrage IPA a try.
Their kitchen isn't open yet but if you go on a Friday or Saturday night they have a road bistro outside that is making some good pub food. Their growler prices are great others must agree because they filled almost 20 while I was there including mine.
If your there on a Saturday you can take a tour of the brewery which is visible from the bar with the giant windows looking in. The owners did a great job renovating the place and the best times are ahead of them.
The kitchen is open eat here the other night incredible dinner had a local ingredient mushroom casserole with a great side salad. With the kitchen open it's defiantly a brewery you want to check out. Great beer great food.
02-04-2012 18:32:49 | More by shueyy
Crossroads Brewing Company in Athens, NY
94 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.