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Discussion in 'Mid-Atlantic' started by HeavyDandtheGirls, Jun 20, 2016.

  1. HeavyDandtheGirls

    HeavyDandtheGirls Aspirant (260) Mar 7, 2014 Massachusetts
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    I'm headed to Albany this weekend for a LAX tournament, staying right near U of Albany.
    Last year I found some good beers at Wholefoods, is that my best bet or is there a better bottle shop in the area? I'm looking for stuff I can't get in MA. I am an IPA fan, is there anything local to keep an eye out for?

    Also looking for a place to grab a pint or 2 with sone other Dads, a nice tap list would help but looking more for a suggestion for a good place to chill out and maybe catch some golf or whatever on TV, outdoor area would be s plus.

    Any must sees in the area? We will be heading to Saratoga on Sat night to hit the lake, anything up that way to keep an eye out for?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. twizzard

    twizzard Crusader (705) May 11, 2013 New York
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    Westmere beverage about 5 miles west of UAlbany down Western Ave. Great selection with a terrific crowler station. My go to spot for Singlecut. www.brew-crew.com
     
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  3. M-Fox24

    M-Fox24 Crusader (753) Mar 17, 2013 New Jersey
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    Can't start an Albany thread without mentioning "The Beer Belly:" always a killer tap list, and a great adjacent bottle shop
     
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  4. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (4,433) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    No outdoor space, but downtown The City Beer Hall is a cool place to grab a few pints.
     
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  5. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (4,433) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania
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  6. HeavyDandtheGirls

    HeavyDandtheGirls Aspirant (260) Mar 7, 2014 Massachusetts
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    Thanks for the info. Keep it coming.
     
  7. BarRoomHero88

    BarRoomHero88 Aspirant (275) Jan 19, 2012 New York
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    City Beer Hall definitely has outdoor space. They've got a patio with aa pretty sweet view of the Corning Tower at night.
     
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  8. Fujii13

    Fujii13 Aspirant (206) Apr 27, 2011 New York
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    City Beer Hall has one of the best outdoor spaces in Albany. Do not skip it if that's your thing, but they only have a TV or two, however.

    In Saratoga hit up Henry Street for beer. If cocktails and small plates are an interest don't miss Hamlet & Ghost. Whiskey selection at 9 Maple can't be beat. If you find yourself there late night go get drunk eats at Esperanto's, specifically a Doughboy. That whole area between Broadway, Caroline and Henry Street is all very walkable, I'm sure you'll have no problem finding something interesting.
     
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  9. TomFoley

    TomFoley Initiate (197) Mar 19, 2005 Pennsylvania

    They still do jazz at 9 Maple?
     
  10. Fujii13

    Fujii13 Aspirant (206) Apr 27, 2011 New York
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    Haven't been this year but they were definitely still doing that last summer when I was last there.
     
  11. TomFoley

    TomFoley Initiate (197) Mar 19, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Thanks, good to hear.
     
  12. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (4,433) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    My bad on the mis-information. I've only been there during the winter, so I guess that explains it.
     
  13. HeavyDandtheGirls

    HeavyDandtheGirls Aspirant (260) Mar 7, 2014 Massachusetts
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    Thanks for all the info. Booked a reservation at City Beer Hall in the event people want to head there.

    Any local IPA's I need to try while in the area? I tend to prefer juice bombs like Trillium/Treehouse for reference.
     
  14. Fujii13

    Fujii13 Aspirant (206) Apr 27, 2011 New York
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    Common Roots IPAs are going to be the closest to that which is brewed in the area. NY in general keep an eye out for Peekskill, Grimm, Other Half, and Singlecut.
     
  15. HeavyDandtheGirls

    HeavyDandtheGirls Aspirant (260) Mar 7, 2014 Massachusetts
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    Thanks for all the input.

    Ended up with about 20 people, mix of kids and adults, at City Beer Hall on Saturday evening.

    A fun time was had by all, from the pizza tickets to the mystery buckets of beer we all had fun.
    Nice to see HF Edward on tap.
    Food was good, glad we got out when we did, around 9, it seemed to be getting a little rowdy for the kids.
     
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  16. jackperdue

    jackperdue Initiate (156) Aug 29, 2013 Maryland
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    May be a bit too late, but just in case...
    I had good fortune at Oliver's Beverage Center
    I also wrote about a recent trip to Albany here >> http://deepbeer.com/journal/2015/12/10/albany

     
  17. HeavyDandtheGirls

    HeavyDandtheGirls Aspirant (260) Mar 7, 2014 Massachusetts
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    Hi

    Reviving this thread from last year.

    Headed to Albany again for an annual LAX tournament.

    Any new places to be aware of? Or local area beers to be on the lookout for?

    We may do City Beer Hall again for dinner.
     
  18. M-Fox24

    M-Fox24 Crusader (753) Mar 17, 2013 New Jersey
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    Great Flats just opened in Schenectady. Now, granted, I have not been, but will most likely stopover when I’m in the area (Albany, Rensselaer) again
     
  19. IGaveYouPower

    IGaveYouPower Initiate (153) Dec 2, 2010 New York



    This place is great. Beautiful space, tons of natural light, friendly people and the beer is really solid. Their cream ale is one of the most I-want-to-drink-seven-more-of-these-immediately beers I've had in years and their hoppy beers are very well done.
     
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  20. M-Fox24

    M-Fox24 Crusader (753) Mar 17, 2013 New Jersey
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    Visit the area frequently, so will definitely be stopping by soon
     
  21. beertoro

    beertoro Aspirant (278) Nov 16, 2015 New Jersey

    Any bottle shops nearby in downtown Albany that are in walking distance? I saw Pint Sized was close by. I'll be back in Albany on Saturday afternoon, so just might stop at Westmere then.
     
  22. mendonjoebeer

    mendonjoebeer Aspirant (261) Nov 9, 2010 New York

    Check out the Ruck in Troy, great place
     
  23. IGaveYouPower

    IGaveYouPower Initiate (153) Dec 2, 2010 New York


    Pint sized is a really cool shop. Small, but well curated, good prices, and a few coolers with a ton of cans to go.

    Also, if you're gonna be there, hop across the street and get yourself a meal at Mio Posto. Absolutely phenomenal food and a terrific atmosphere.

    Obviously, more than worth it to also hit Westmere on your way in and/or out of town.
     
  24. beertoro

    beertoro Aspirant (278) Nov 16, 2015 New Jersey

    Thank you so much, headed back to Albany tonight and that helps with our plans for the night.

    Also, loved cocktails at that Speakeasy 518.
     
  25. M-Fox24

    M-Fox24 Crusader (753) Mar 17, 2013 New Jersey
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    Think I remember this being the Weekend before Thanksgiving. In any case, should be a good time

     
  26. dgmirelli

    dgmirelli Disciple (348) Mar 21, 2015 New York

    was just there - in town to visit daughter at UALbany and hit this place - busy busy busy people in and out....one of better shops I have been to, pouring crowlers and sealing on spot!
     
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