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Druthers Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.6/5
Based on:
20 Beers
117 Ratings
Place Score: 94
Ratings: 28
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: n/a
Taps: 6
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

381 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, New York, 12866
United States
phone: (518) 306-5275

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Place added by: slander on 08-19-2012

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4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Just, got out and drove north, should have done this weeks ago. Thruway through the Capitol Region and out the other side, making Saratoga Springs in under 3 hours, in the rain, not too shabby, and ran 9 through town ‘til it felt like it was time to park. Maxed the meter and played a bit of ‘walkabout lookaround, find the new brewpub’. My second favorite game behind ‘connect four’…

Sunken and surprisingly tucked back a-there through the gates and the lengthy widening triangular courtyard out front. A whole lot of room out front there, some of it awned up; bar counter space on one wall, and shared benchings on the other. 2 dozen or so square tables riddled about, amidst heat lamps clustered (for now) and potted plants. Seems they’re building a large bar in the far corner, too.

Inside, a straight gray slab concrete bar with an etched logo on center, framed panel base, wood foot box, and seating for 15 on hightop wood chairs. Barback is a framed dark wood unit with alt booze shelved, tiered, shelved, tiered, and flatscreens over the two inner sections of counter tiered booze. Glassware shelved below the bar for the easy grabbing. Framed logo piece and another flat on the end. Mirrored panel window piece and a bar counter for 6 behind me with a pair of hightops.

The room is mad vaulted with a brew room behind glass up above the bar. Arched corrugated ceiling, beigey walls with panel windowage forward and running above, and the side wall of horizontal plank save a vertical striping that runs below the brewroom. From the ceiling, there are 3 single bulb lighting fixtures shaped as, well, they seem to be bits of twisted angled metal welded together. They widen from the top down and then drop to a point at the bottom; I’m thinking they’re actually giant drill bits should you need to drill to the earth’s core again. They are cool shit.

Far wall holds a kitchen peekaboo window. End of the bar has one, too, looking in on the back room dining area. White wall with red curtained windows, framed Saratogy black & whites prints, wall mounted candleholders, and shelved lanterny things in the corner. Sunken spots from a low slat ceiling and wood planky floors. 30+ tables, ½ of them run an ‘L’ along shared benchings on 2 walls; the others in rows, 2’s & 4’s.

2 stainless steel handle bar towers at different points along the bar, currently pouring 7 house beers, sampled on a circular metal tree rack of sorts (Brevity Wit, 4.8%, coriander, orange peel, good nose, a nice Wit; Golden Rule Pilsner, 5.3%, nice hoppiness, and dry dry dry; Against The Grain Hefeweizen, 5.6%, seems filtered, yep, banana clovey, but a bit bandaidy; Oktoberfest, 6.4%, malty, sweet, lovely, rich; Belgian Style Stout, 5.6%, cocoa, chocolatey maybe, spicy Belgian notes, okay; Fist of Karma Brown Ale, 5.6%, dry hopped with Amarillo & Crystal, hoppy brown but malty malty, that’s a nice effin’ Brown, George; All In IPA, 6.2%, Crystal, Amarillo, & Horizon, it’s a beautiful sticky, piney IPA), and 2 guest taps (Troegs Troegenator Doublebock & Warwick Valley Pear Cider). Golden Rule Pilsner, Oktoberfest, Fist of Karma Brown Ale, & All In IPA were the best of ‘em.

I figged I’d start with something, foodwise, and then you know, have something else. But what? Soup, yes. It will be the smoked chicken soup (beer, bourbon, black beans, chicken, orange peppers, celery, onions, and broccoli on center), served in a giant bowl. It was creamy as soups go, and had the good heat, which is not the too much heat. It was of the very Autumny harvest excellent. And then the Druthers house salad (local baby greens, candied walnuts, wee tomatoes, & caramelized onions, in a porter based balsamic), also served in a big bowl. Normally I would have shooed away the walnuts, even if they were hiding behind being ‘candied’ (nonsense), but they were good in the salad. She said “Walnuts, they’re brain food”. “Why? Do they make you smart?” “No, because they look like little brains”. Yeah, that does not help the walnut cause. The food was kickin’, and I didn’t even get into the Bolognese or short rib type things. Daaamn.

Good tunes. Comfortable house for me, sitting barside, I wouldn’t mind seeing the outside area when it jams during the kind weather, though. So, like I said, I got some great foodings, and the beer is on, I’ll be curious to see what else George pulls out of his hat as things progress here but I like what I see just a few months in...

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4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
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enormous new place in downtown saratoga. huge courtyard out front, restaurant seating there, and the brewery in an old barn looking building behind. food on the bottom, with the brewhouse visible on the upper level through a window. the food here is exceptional. some of the best mac and cheese ive had anywhere, and im hard to please with that dish. the beers were all pretty solid, nothing standout, but it was cool to see both a gose and a berliner on a menu that i expected the classic lager, amber and porter thing on. people were friendly and the place was buzzing on lunchtime friday. i liked the stout they had too, thick and chocolaty. a great place to meet for a beer and a meal, and probably pretty fun in a sunday football type setting. overall we had a great time here, the food more compelling than the beer, but definitely worth checking out.

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3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Brewery is on the second floor with the bar/tap room on the first floor. There is seating in a room off to the side of the bar. Food was reasonably priced. Everyone seemed to enjoy their meal, from chicken wings to a burger. Service was excellent. Bartender was knowledgeable about the beers she was serving. Personally I got the sample pack for beer which was six different choices. They were all middle of the road or better. Selection was scarce and I wish there was a stout or a DIPA, but to each brewer their own. I would love to see what the place looks like in the summer with the outdoor seating and outside bar. I would go here again.

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3.98/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Outside tables are a great place to hang with friends. The open courtyard disperses noise upward so its not loud like most bar/restaurants. You can actually have a conversation at a normal voice tone. Food is typical pub fair with a few alternates to please vegetarian palettes. At the price point reasonable quality, but not the reason to go here. Beer and atmosphere rule here!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Stopped in on a weekend trip for a show. I fell in love with the atmosphere with a good modern/country bar vibe and the beer, not to forget the food was awsome.The beers are great with a good selection to satisfy everyone tastes. the food was delicious and fairly priced. We went two days in a row and when we left I even told my ol lady I could eat there everyday if I could, not joking one bit. Overall I enjoyed the the experiance and look forward to returning for a pint and growler fill.

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Druthers Brewing Company in Saratoga Springs, NY
94 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.