Druthers Brewing Company

304 Ratings

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

381 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, New York, 12866-3111
United States

(518) 306-5275 | map

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Added by slander on 08-19-2012

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Reviews by slander:
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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of edthehead
4.21/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Mattybuchs
3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of brentblack1
3.58/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Photo of Tbone2131
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of ccryder
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of clayrock81
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Big, expansive seating area w/ decent parking options for area that seems like it could be a real laid back or a real party vibe. Food is moderately priced which is good since it's of moderate (read: pretty good but not great) quality. Beer is same way as I had two beers that were pretty good but nothing outstanding - at least there are several options on the tap list so you should fine one that pleases you.

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Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
5/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Love Druther's! Both locations, Albany and Saratoga are great. The beer selection and the taste of the beer is very good! If I were to create a brew pub, it would be Druther's!

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Photo of Bwag
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

We live a few miles away and have been to Druthers over 100 times. We've eaten just about everything on their menu. I can honestly say, I've never even had an average meal. Best burgers, best mac and cheese, and the loaded grilled cheese is incredible! The beers are always really good too and they are pushing themselves to get better. LOVE THIS PLACE!!!

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Photo of Stignacious
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of ecto
4/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Hopyard57
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Beer choices were nicely diverse from a gose to hoppy brown to bock plus the normal options. Quality was solid but not stellar. The bar, vast patio and seating areas are all nicely done, great vibe. The food- huge letdown. Started great with really good wings but after that went downhill. Beer cheese is great, but absolutely not on buffalo chicken pizza and that want their only mishap. Hopefully the kitchen can improve.

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Photo of Kinger22
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Druthers has a lot to choose from. I like their All In IPA and a few of their flavored seasonals. The food is very filling and tasty, especially the pretzels with beer cheese and any of the various mac and cheese combinations they have. Also, I'm a big fan of their duck confit sandwich. There's plenty of room, if you want to sit down, and enough space at the bar.

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Photo of fishguyac
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Jlabs
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of crag
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Bengelmann
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Photo of qcbrewer
4.25/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of BigRizz62
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Great calamari appetizer. Great beer selection. Great atmosphere

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Photo of Dougwillhike
4.8/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Delicious unconventional menu. Loved it, can't wait to go again.

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Photo of livin4jc
4.86/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Beautiful patio and restaurant. A little limited menu, but food is very good. Beer list had 10 choices. Unique, good vibes, with bit of character- one of my new favorite places!

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Photo of zotzot
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of IPAchris
3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The wings were a bit undercooked and our server was clearly annoyed that we were just sampling a few beers and not ordering a full dinner meal. Overall the beers were pretty average.

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Photo of twizzard
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

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Druthers Brewing Company in Saratoga Springs, NY
Brewery rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 304 ratings
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