Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Matt Brewing Company / Saranac BreweryMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac BreweryMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

811 Edward St, Brewhouse Square
Utica, New York, 13502
United States

(315) 624-2400 | map
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Reviewed by kelvarnsen from Canada (ON)

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
I have been to this place a couple of times and it is a very interesting tour of a pretty large brewery. It is definitely a much different scale than what I am used to, I mean they even have their own rail line for grain deliveries. It was cool how historic it was and the bar/tasting room looked awesome. It would have been nice to get more than 2 samples as part of the tour though, but the samples were good. It was also nice that they had their own line of soft drinks available for sample and they were really good too. The shop was nice too and had a great selection of shirts glassware and other products as well as all of their beer.
Jan 13, 2020
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
This is a place where big meets small. Without much to do in Utica, NY, the tour at Matt's is one of the highlights of the area. The brewery came very close to being shut down in the 80s when the idea of contract brewing craft beer for the likes of Sam Adams and Brooklyn (and others) became a reality. This saved the brewery which has been in the Matt family for generations.

Subsequently, the brewery expanded their product line to the Saranac label.

The tour is fun but it's not homey and small like most craft breweries. The lagering tanks alone are impressive and harken to the days of mass-produced thin lagers. There is a lot of pre-prohibition paraphernalia and vibe in the tasting room.

While I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to visit, if you have a free afternoon in Utica, this is one of the top activities in the area.
Jul 14, 2019
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Reviewed by mschenk from Virginia

4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
They have been around for a long time and have come a long way from brewing Billy Beer. One of the first contract brewers, they took the bull by the horns and stayed in business when the market was Anheuser Bush, Miller and Coors. Really can't say enough good about this place.
Jun 08, 2019
Rated: 4 by eluvah from New York

Aug 28, 2018
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Reviewed by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
This building has serious historic charm. A very ornate brick/industrial monolith that just oozes brewing history. The entire block is made up of Ithicas significant brewing past. Matt/Ithaca Club and Saranac have deep roots going back to 1888. You seriously feel the history inside this beautiful brewery.

The upstairs 1888 tavern and tap room is seriously old school vibe complete with historic pictures. The selection on-tap is very good, from the newest ipa styles to the good ol American adjunct lagers that Saranac does soo well.

Do yourself a favor and give it a visit, soak in the brewing history and ambiance.
Jul 25, 2018
Rated: 3.78 by Chrisdimeo from New Jersey

Feb 26, 2018
Rated: 4.31 by generallee from Virginia

Aug 13, 2017
Rated: 4.03 by DaveCash from New York

Jun 12, 2017
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Reviewed by Hibernator from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
I finally made the trek to Saranac Brewery to visit one of the first craft brewers that piqued my interest back in the mid 90's when I started to dig craft beer. We started with lunch at the Nail Creek Pub and walked over to Saranac. Unfortunately, we were running behind schedule so we missed the 1PM tour. There is a spacious gift shop upon entering, but the real enjoyment was upstairs.

A large staircase brings you up to an open area with an abundance of beautiful dark wood with a bar in the center. The place was empty when we arrived with only a few other guests present. There were 12 taps on draft during my visit, those selections included Utica Club, Citra Pils, Cold Brew Coffee Lager, Legacy IPA, UBU Brown Ale, Imperial Rye Porter, Hoppy Hour Hero, Pale Ale, Brett Saison, Lake Placid Big Slide, Pumpkin Ale and Brewers Blood. I had the Saison and Imperial Porter, both were super fresh and tasty. Mini pretzels were served on the bar.

Service was attentive and responsive. What I truly enjoyed the most was the decor of the upstairs bar with it's cozy, ornate and historic vibe. An essential visit if you find yourself in the Mohawk Valley of New York.
Aug 16, 2016
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Reviewed by DoubleMalt from New York

4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
A historic brewery, the 1888 tavern is very different from today's craft brewery tasting room. It has a lot of history and some hidden small batch beers only available in the brewery. The tour is worth the $5 which includes two beers.
Aug 04, 2016
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Reviewed by Miguel_W from Maryland

4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
FX Matt/Saranac brewery produces some of the best brew I have tasted in years. A icon of downtown Utica, the employees are mainly locals or at least from Central New York. Fast and friendly and ready to please the customer. They pour their heart and soul into their craft.
Feb 18, 2016
Rated: 4.36 by KWolf from New York

Jan 27, 2016
Rated: 4.16 by cozmo from New York

Nov 08, 2015
Rated: 3.77 by craigdb from Pennsylvania

Oct 26, 2015
Rated: 3.08 by FCRICH from New York

Oct 03, 2015
Rated: 3.78 by PatrickCT from Connecticut

Sep 22, 2015
Rated: 4.73 by mikes_315 from New York

Sep 04, 2015
Rated: 4.18 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Jun 23, 2015
Rated: 5 by Hgallagher from Vermont

Jun 22, 2015
Rated: 5 by antjackson305 from New York

Jun 19, 2015
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Rated by GordieF from New York

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Plenty of innovation and seasonal brews that make Saranac a go to brewery in the industry. A jewel in the heart of Central New York.
May 02, 2015
Rated: 4 by AMCimpi from New York

Mar 27, 2015
Rated: 4.26 by Electros from Canada (ON)

Mar 18, 2015
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Reviewed by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Massive turn-of-the-century brick factory building, with lots of personality. Interesting taproom and gift shop. The day I was there, they were having a event and had a stage set up adjacent to the building with live music. Their beer was ok, nothing exceptional, but the historic feel of the place is worth a stop.
Mar 04, 2015