Brown's Brewing Company
Active Beers: 31
Beer Ratings: 598
Beer Avg: 3.62
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 25 | Show All Ratings:
4.2/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
A great little brewery in Troy.
Went with my Dad a few months ago, we ordered a couple of huge flights to try everything. The beers ranged from so-so to outstanding. The whiskey porter, oatmeal stout, and the regular porter were standouts. Liked the cherry raspberry ale, the harvest IPA, and the oktoberfest as well.
Didn't try much of the food, though it looked pretty good. Just got a nice warm pretzel- the spicy cheese and mustard that came along with it, homemade, was amazing.
Prices on everything was very reasonable. Worth a stop for sure!
01-24-2014 21:30:15 | More by GreesyFizeek
4.4/5 rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
The food is good pub food. The beers are very good quality. One of my favorite pubs...we actually had our wedding reception here in 2010! I usually get the fish & chips. Hubby gets the grilled rueben and we usually split the nachos. Oatmeal stout is my beer of choice unless they have a good seasonal going- the Pumpkin rocks!
01-13-2013 22:53:02 | More by JavaJitterz2010
4.15/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Great place to visit for some tasty brews and very decent pub fare. In the summertime you can snag outdoor seating overlooking the river, and once a week there is an outdoor music series that provide entertainment. Next door to Brown's is Revolution Hall, which houses concerts, as well. Lots of music interactions with the brewery. This place gets mobbed on Friday and Saturday nights, so be prepared to possibly wait for a table. The beers are very decent, and they are doing a weekly cask now, with some rotating taps besides their flagship brews. The upstairs has more of the pub atmosphere, with some pool tables and old school arcade games. Growler fills are easy and hassle free...you bring in a vessel and they fill it. They also have bottles to go. All in all, a really fun place to visit with some really tasty food and brews. I hit this place almost every time I am in the area.
07-09-2012 02:59:21 | More by GarthDanielson
4.05/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $
My favorite spot to go out for dinner with a beer relate feel. Menu is basic bar food, burgers, sandwiches. It has a bar and two eating areas; one on the first floor near the bar with another area on the second floor. The balcony is available during the summer to eat out on but I've never done it.
The beer is usually their own beers. I don't think I've ever seen a guest tap. The beer is good, not great.
I still say it is one of the best places to get dinner with a good beer vibe in the Capital Region.
12-11-2011 18:02:02 | More by rlee1390
4/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Brown's is something of a staple for students in Troy. Special occasion dinners often end up happening at Brown's, and the brewpub is a great introduction to craft beer for new drinkers. The beers are good, slightly better than the CH Evans brews in Albany. Standouts include the Oatmeal Stout, Imperial Stout, Whiskey Porter, and Hefeweizen. The Hefe was an introduction to that style for me, some time ago, and I really enjoyed it. The food is nothing exciting. The burger is fine and so is the reuben, but the food is not the highlight. The place has live music often, making it one of the best bars in area in addition to one of the most fun restaurants. Entertainment, great beer, fair prices, and good service combine to make Brown's a true landmark in Troy.
04-23-2011 23:49:48 | More by greenmonstah
4/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Brown's is a nice, clean, and open bar sitting right by the river. I have been here before, but recently stopped by last Tuesday. There were 10 plus beers on tap. I tried the Oatmeal Stout, Barrel Aged Porter, Hefe, and Raspberry-Cherry Ale. The last was not my cup of tea, but the others were good and reasonably priced $5 a pint. I loved the variety of styles. The server was knowledgable about beer and was attentive but not overly so. I had nachos and the corn chowder which were both tasty. Overall, if in the Albany area, I would certainly come back here, if not for the beer alone.
12-03-2010 16:45:01 | More by tigg924
3.53/5 rDev -12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I recently visited for my first time. Kind of hard to believe I have lived and worked so close to this place for so long and never visited. I found the atmosphere to be very good. They have and outdoor beer garden and outdoor eating as well. I like how they have hops growing on site. They also have a music hall connected to the site. Oh yeah we are not here to talk about music. I have to say I was disappointed in the fact every thing is served in a pint glass. I don't want to drink Hefe's in a pint glass. I also did not like the pour as it was like they were trying to get as much beer in the glass as possible with no head. The waitress served our beers from the top. I can't stand this!!! I don't want there hands on the rim of the glass. It also seemed to be very rushed, possibly because there was a show next door and wanted to turn and burn. As far as the beer just O.K. they do have some I am fond of but they were not on tap. I will not be rushing to this place again. When I do go I will be sure to check whats on tap and if there is a show. I think on a cool fall day when the beer I like is being served and there is no concert crowd this place could be very enjoyable but I guess only time will tell.
08-26-2009 14:15:54 | More by nopucophop
4.25/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Overview: good quality fresh beer, wide award-winning beer selection (including some experiments), friendly staff, delicious food in big portions. Certainly well-worth the trip!
Went with our Beer Club on a "field trip". Nicely kept-up, wide-open old-timey bar with wood everywhere and a tin ceiling - all rather quaint and historical.
We sat at the bar and had numerous samplers and followed with a few pints of our favorites. They have all types of quality beers for all types of beer tastes - from candy-like concoctions for the faint of tastebud, easy to drink pilsners, middle-of-the-road ales, and always some interesting cross-beers or beer experiments such as their Whiskey Porter this trip. Like I said - something for everyone!
We all thought the two best beers by far were the Oatmeal Stout and the Pale Ale, but we all greatly enjoyed most of those we tasted. The Whiskey Porter was wildly unbalanced and I would seriously question the brand of whiskey used, but what a wild ride it gave my taste-buds! Woo-hoo!
And the food: big portions and absolutely delicious! Although all we ate were appetizers, they were all outstanding! Hats off to the cooks there! You guys should be teaching that wretched Albany Pump Station how to cook.
We saw ALOT of folks coming in to get their growlers filled. ALOT. Interestingly, a vast majority were Magic Hat growlers (Magic Hat in Burlington, VT is 3 hours away). Funny, in comparison we saw only one growler being filled at Albany Pump Station - must be because Brown's has BETTER BEER and knows how to treat us better beer drinking customers!
One area needed for improvement are the bartenders. Were certainly friendly enough, but really don't know anything about the beers nor how to present and serve it to us discerning customers. The young ladies spent alot of time giggling amongst themselves in their too small and too tight outfits. While none of us really objected to those sights, just T&A do not customer service make. They should know right off the tops of their cute little heads the alcohol level, the hops and malts used and at least line up the samplers in some order we could understand. Suggestion: how about ya'll get a little placemat with the beer types and names on them? Or, even line them up in the order they appear on the big board?
All-in-all, like Arnold, we will be back. For the very good beer there, the delicious food but especially for their beers. A nice place - one of the best, friendliest brewpubs we've had the delight to visit!
10-30-2008 21:49:05 | More by ProfessorHomer
4.06/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Just stopped in for a sample of the beers on my way to Saratoga Springs. The building was awesome with the art work on the side and the flying uncle sam in the front window. Had alot of character. Nice outside deck overlooking the river, could see myself having many a brew out there while watching the day wind down. Had a sample of there many beers on tap. Had the hefe, brown, oatmeal stout, pils, IPA, and Pale Ale. Beers were better than average with the IPA standing out. Didn't have time to eat so i can't speak for the food but next time i plan on taking the time to try.
08-19-2008 20:22:30 | More by hurleymanvw
3.75/5 rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped at this place on the way back home from Saratoga. Its real easy to get to and real easy to get back on the highway from. I took route 7 in -nice and easy and then you park and then 787 entrance is straight in front of you which is also great.
This is another one of these old warehouses in Troy. The area is definitely improving and the small little downtown scene seemed somewhat quaint although you can tell the neighborhood has some rough roots. I still liked it and would call it progress to some degree (everything has its pluses and minuses).
You walk in and theres a huge dining room --overall you realize that this place is big. They have an outdoor deck that overlooks the river also and it (the deck) couldve been packed for all I know. Seemed like the place could almost seat 500-700 people if they wanted.
The beers themselves were all pretty well done and I had a feeling they would be-based on consensus score here on BA and the fact that their bottled line seems widely distributed in the Capitol region. I have since tried their bottled beers and they travel quite well unlike some other brewpubs.
Food was quite good and the service was not very good. Seemed to take forever to get anything. Drink service was better than food service but still severely lacking. Its really the only negative on what I would consider to be a fine brewpub.
08-19-2008 00:33:54 | More by rousee
Brown's Brewing Company in Troy, NY
90 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.