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Crossroads Brewing Company

Crossroads Brewing CompanyCrossroads Brewing Company
Crossroads Brewing CompanyCrossroads Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

21 2nd Street
Athens, New York, 12015
United States

(518) 945-2337 | map

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Rated: 4.81 by Lugnut116 from New York

Apr 06, 2018
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Crossroads really is kind of at a crossroads in Athens, NY. My wife and I kind of happened upon it (with a little nudge) on a trip north. It's charming looking, and in a great old building. You can feel the history around you despite the fact that it's been redone. The main dining room is quite comfortable, and the bar is lively. I think it's actually several spaces that have been opened up, but you'd have to ask to be sure.

I wasn't overly impressed with the food, but it was better than adequate (better than Chili's or Applebee's for sure), and I felt the service was good. Given that, I felt the food was slightly over-priced, but I understand. At least the beers were reasonable. I wouldn't hesitate to go back, be it for lunch or dinner, or just a snack and a beer.

As to the beers, there are ten taps with a lot to choose from. They're well-balanced including wheats, ambers, IPAs, and dark beers. I appreciate that as my wife isn't into IPAs and we've been to several places, including our local watering hole, where ten taps means four IPAs or more (or whatever the current rage is... sours, for example). I think I had three beers and enjoyed them all (I might have just shared one of my wife's). Standing out in my memory is the Maggie's Farmhouse, which was great, and the White Dog Wit.

It was my intention to stop back on the way home but that didn't work out. I'm sure I'll be back fairly soon however, which says something seeing as how I'm from southeastern Pennsylvania!
Sep 29, 2016
Rated: 4.58 by AndrewBV from Connecticut

Aug 14, 2016
Rated: 3.86 by TheBeerdedCharmer from Pennsylvania

Jun 19, 2016
Rated: 4 by Bonesaw1127 from Connecticut

Jun 12, 2016
Rated: 4.65 by Beerjuice from New York

Jun 03, 2016
Rated: 3.81 by smi69 from New York

Jan 24, 2016
Rated: 4.55 by d0nald from New York

Oct 03, 2015
Rated: 4.23 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Jul 29, 2015
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Rated by Soloveitchik from New York

3.28/5  rDev -23.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3
Cool building/bar...horrible service.
May 23, 2015
Rated: 4.55 by steve419 from New York

Apr 25, 2015
Rated: 4.23 by JBix from New York

Jan 25, 2015
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
Stopped in here with my parents to check it out.

This brewpub seemed to just about be the only game in town. Athens is in a nice location on the Hudson, but seems a bit run down and quiet. There were about 5-10 other people in the medium sized brewpub when we got there for lunch at around 1pm.

They had about 10 beers on tap, for pours and growler fills. Tried 3 beers- Outrage (outstanding), Black Rock (very tasty) and Hail to the Captain (solid enough). I don't like getting flights that much anymore, I like getting full pours, so I didn't try everything. It all looked really good though, and decent prices.

The food was pretty good. Big emphasis on local, as lots of breweries/brewpubs seem to do. The hot pretzel, the old standby, was awesome, with a really, really good "hop mustard." I got a burger, it was very tasty, my dad got the mussels boiled in beer, he said they were awesome.

They had one bottle for sale, their bruiser of a Double IPA (it's a barleywine to my tastes). It was $15 for the 750, which seems a bit high for buying it direct from the premises.

This is definitely worth a visit.
Dec 02, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Ardeer from New York

Oct 14, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by MicroBeerMan1980 from Pennsylvania

Sep 22, 2014
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Reviewed by Rifugium from North Dakota

3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
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.
Aug 02, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by CoreyClark from New York

Jul 31, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by chrishiker1409 from New York

May 23, 2014
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Reviewed by vicg12 from New York

4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75
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!
Mar 28, 2014
Rated: 5 by lanegan94 from New York

Feb 26, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Varkias41 from New Jersey

Oct 16, 2013
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Reviewed by vonnegut21 from New York

4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5
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.
Sep 09, 2013
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Reviewed by slander from New York

4.28/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
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.
Dec 20, 2012
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Reviewed by shueyy from New York

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
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.
UPDATE 7/13/12
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.
Feb 04, 2012
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Reviewed by UDbeernut from Florida

4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
Located in the old opera house in the center of Athens, Crossroads Brewing Company opened about a year ago.

Only their beers on tap are available. Their beers are good and usually have a nice selection of styles to choose from. Growlers to go. New York State wines and their own sodas.

The space is still under going renovations, hence no food... but gladly bring your own for now.

The reneovations that have been done make this place shine. Large open tavern, through the veiwing glass you can see the buisness end of Crossroads brewing equipment.

Staff is freindly and knowledgeable.

A upcoming gem in the Northern Hudson Valley.
Sep 30, 2011
Crossroads Brewing Company in Athens, NY
Brewery rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 476 ratings