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Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery
Active Beers: 18
Beer Ratings: 299
Beer Avg: 3.72
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
184 Glen St.
phone: (518) 743-9026
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 32
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Located on Glen Street in Glens Falls, Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery has a wonderful building with a lot of character in the business district of Glens Falls. The brewpub has an excellent atmosphere, lots of wood used for the interior, 2 floors, and a nice bar area. They have just celebrated their 12th anniversary of being open in October.
Since my wife had to work today, and her office is two blocks from the restaurant, I decided it would be a good day to head up and try some beers and have lunch together. We were greeted immediately and seated upstairs, probably due to having our 5 year old daughter with us, as a few other families were upstairs. I liked the bar area downstairs a lot, a really nice feel to the place.
I started with the Brown Ale (good), and was letting the chill come off, and soon our order came. I had an Angus Burger w/ fries, my wife had a bowl of chili with cheese on top surrounded by tortilla chips. The food was excellent, good bar food, the chili had a great flavor. Our daughter had a hot dog.
The Brown Ale was good, but a little thin overall, decent flavor but not as robust as I had hoped. As the chill came off, it certainly opened up. But, my second beer was the Oatmeal Stout, and I really enjoyed this, they certainly won me over with this selection. It looked like a Guinness and was smooth and delicious. I will be making more trips up for sure.
They had a good selection of Ale's, IPA's, and some others. You can get a sampler of six beers which I plan to do on my next visit. They also sell 6 packs and growlers (refills of course), so you can bring there beers home with you.
Our total bill was under $40 for three lunches, two beers, a soda and juice.
I must also add that one of the brothers (I think Rick) stopped at our table twice and asked how the meal was, but also was talking with us and another table. A great friendly atmosphere, and unfortunately had my wife not had to go back to work, I could have stayed for at least another.
I highly recommend a stop at Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery, I know I will be back...often. And, I will be sampling more beers soon, and envision a growler of Oatmeal Stout in my immediate future.
11-28-2008 19:37:45 |
More by eporter66
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Loated on the main drag of Glens Falls, just past the traffic circle. The building occupies a nice corner location with and adjacent courtyard used for outdoor seating.
The interior was spacious and included dining on the first and second floors. The bar was located toward the front of the premises and the brewery equipment was viewable from the bar.
There were eight or so house beers on tap and six packs to go.
The food was typical pub fare, except for the soups, which were excellent.
The bartender was courteouse and attentive and seemed to have a good grasp of the house beers.
The interior was well appointed with many vintage accents and breweriana.
10-28-2008 19:31:40 |
More by plaid75
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
the restaurant is along a nice main st. right off the roundabout bordering on a pedestrian alleyway filled with large plants and three or four top tables. the the bar itself is quite nice, cozy downstairs, but i understand they have seating upstairs. the quality of everything i received was very good. from the sampler of beers to the monte cristo with the raspberry melba, everything was quite tasty and well prepared. the value was definitely reasonable, especially taking into consideration the fifty percent off growler with the samples.
08-19-2008 06:20:11 |
More by almychristopher
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Let me begin by stating this pub is one big reason I would not leave the Glens Falls area. I have too many friends who have moved away, only to ask me to bring a truck load of growlers to them next time I come to visit.
Most importantly, they brew the best beer around. I've been to many brew pubs, and have had my share of the good, the bad and the down right ugly. But Davidson's consistently brews great ales. My favorites include the IPA, ESB, Brown, Control-Alt-Delete, Dacker, Scotch, Wheat... Heck, I guess it would have been easier to state which style I don't prefer. Sorry, can't think of any. All are well balanced good representations of the style and VERY drinkable (trust me on this- the cab fare home is $7.00)
Brewer Rick Davidson is at home in his pub. He mingles with the guests like it's not even work. Very friendly, and makes everyone feel at home. The atmosphere matches the warmth of the host.
Finally, the food. While Davidson's will not be mistaken for a 4 star gourmet restaurant, they are good at their intended purpose. They serve up fine pub fare and specialty dishes that keep locals and tourist coming back for more. Try the Cheddar Stout soup, and you'll ask for a transfer to the Glens Falls branch of where you work. And the prices are very reasonable. Plan on a tab around $60 per couple plus gratuity, if each person drinks 2-3 pints, has an appetizer and a meal.
If you live in the Glens Falls region, I'm not telling you anything you don't already know. If you are not, make a point of coming to visit and stop by for a pint and a bite. Rick will hook you at "whatta have?"
08-15-2008 01:49:21 |
More by 12vman
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
I took may family to this brewpub for dinner, after spending a day at the amusement park a few miles away. We met some close friends for dinner, and sat in the attractive outdoor patio section during the meal. The brewpub is incredibly easy to find, although we parked on the street, and could imagine that it would be difficult to find a space during the weekend (we visited on a Monday night, so it wasn't a problem). Although the outside was attractive and well-kept, the inside had a beer-soaked saloon feel. Of course, such a feel has it's place, just not in a food establishment. However, the service was exemplary. They were clearly proud of the beer, encouraged us to try different selections, and were generally very knowledgeable. The waitress was prompt, but also didn't rush us. I often have high expectations of restaurant staff, and here they were very good. The food was typical pub-grub (with some twists). It's nothing spectacular, so I wouldn't recommend coming for the food alone. The beer, however, was fabulous. I especially liked the Dacker and the Scotch Ale. All brews were tasty and well poured. If I'm in the area again, I'll definitely try to visit this place once more.
08-10-2008 01:31:59 |
More by Suds
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I visit Glens Falls perodically for work and from a friends advice, I stopped in...twice.
The first visit was on the night of my arrival. I sat down for my food when a gentleman came by and was talking to other patrons about the beer they had to offer. I then had to speak to him and found out that he is the owner/brewer of the bar! Rick was AWESOME to speak to. We talked beer and life until my food threatened to get cold so we stopped to continue later in the night; after I had more beer.
All of the beers were good, OK (sorry Rick) I didnt really like the ESB but what the hell. Still not a bad beer, but not as bitter as I would have liked.
The service was really good with a few younger kids who were fun to talk to and mess around with but were pretty much on their toes to serve you.
The beer selection and the food selection was nice. They pretty much had something for everyone. I ordered the Steak Tips the first night and was blown away. It also went well with the MegaHop IPA I was sipping on.
All in all, this was the best experience I have ever had in Glens Falls. Great staff, great food and beer, and not bad for the money.
08-06-2008 19:20:15 |
More by MMAJYK
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Spent a week in the Lake George area and had this place on the list of things to do while there. When I arrived with family in tow I was taken with the cool, outside dining in the waling alleyway experience that the place had. The mgr Harry ended up taking care of us due to the roll of the dice and it was great. We had the regular IPA that my wife and I were taken with - a nice, drinkable English style IPA that could be used as a session easily. Harry was more than willing to get me samples as I wanted and I had their very smooth and creamy Scotch ale and then their Mega Hop IPA as my second pint. I bought a case of their IPA for the vacation as well. The food was varied and delicious. I had a Thai tuna wrap that was outstanding and their sweet potato fries. The whole vibe there was so great that we all went back a second time two days later and had a repeat experience. The entire city has that old timey USA look and feel to it. Kudos to Harry and the other servers as they were all attentive and more than willing to make sure we had a great time.
07-03-2008 21:51:41 |
More by sudzweasel
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
First, I have to say the previous reviewers missed the point when they said their IPAs weren't hoppy enough. All these beers are done with English style in mind which is never as over-the-top as American styles are. The emphasis on English beers is balance and drinkability. These beers excel in that.
After getting quality out of the way, I had the most fun there as I've had a pub in a long time. If you visit this place and the brewmaster/part owner, Rick Davidson is not there then you are missing out. If he wasn't doing such a good job here, he'd have an outstanding career as a stand-up comedian. An very personalbe too. As soon as I told him my name, I think everyone at the establishment, staff and customers, knew it as well. I'd give the place a 5 in terms of atmosphere but there was a bit of an unpleasant 'stale beer' smell as I walked in the door.
Service was great. Staff knew about the beer and how to talk about it to customers and were quick. They also seemed to gel well with Rick's antics.
I've seen more taps at brewpubs but it's rare to see as many worth actually having.
The food was good. I had a cup of soup, as previous reviewers raved about it, and some fish and chips. The soup (Buffalo Chicken Soup), while good, didn't blow me away. In fact, it was so thick I would call it a fancy cheese dip. No problem... a handful of tortilla chips come with it. Made for one of the better queso dips I've had. The fish and chips were on par with other fish and chips I've had.
While it wasn't cheap, considering where I was, I think it's not that bad.
Overall, this IS worth going out of the way for! Especially if you can catch Rick Davidson.
05-31-2008 02:12:26 |
More by PCaravan
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I visited this brewpub on a recent visit to the Lake George area. The pub is on a corner and is easy to find in downtown glens falls, right on the main drag. Main entrance is down a little side "alley". Walking in there is a rectangular wooden bar to the left some tables and chairs set up as well. We took a seat for lunch in some chairs next to the window. Lots of wooden walls and floor. Beer selection is on large chalkboard with brewed date and ABV..Scotch ale "out" oatmeal stout "out" oh oh.
I went with the brown ale which was VERY NICE. English style so milder flavors but well blended.
Food is typical pub grub with some interesting soups. I had a maple BBQ chicken sandwich which is like a pulled pork only chicken. It was nice and juicy. OUr server was prompt and helpful with decribing some potential snowshoeing locations for us to check out later in our visit. Overall this was a great little spot with good beer and yummy food. Definitely worth checking out if youre in the Lake George area.
03-24-2008 04:05:48 |
More by sulldaddy
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
After two consecutive wild nights in Syracuse and Cooperstown, and a quick stop to pick up Beer in Albany, most of our party of 8 Quebecers was completely Beer-ed out. But we were hungry, and I heard great things about the food at Davidson Brothers, and it wasnt too far from the highway on the long way home.
Glens Falls looked like a quaint upstate New York town, and the brewpub was right smack in the center of town. It was Sunday afternoon, so parking was a piece of cake, we got spots right in front of the place. Nice sunny patio section, but Im sort of a vampire and wanted to see what the pub looked like inside. Great old bar, with this huge cast iron thing hanging on the wall, it looked like the door for a steam trains furnace. The brewery section is in the front facing the street. The kettle had a brick façade built all around it, the tanks had wood paneling. If you only took a quick look, it looked ancient and nice, but if you pay a little more attention, its not very clean, it was covered with dust and cobwebs everywhere, fine and dandy when youre brewing lambics, but maybe not so when youre doing mostly British/American styles.
Our table was near the bathrooms which didnt look too good either, with scratched up wallpaper that looked like old newspaper ads. Tabasco sauce was on every table, but the bottles looked like they were 20 years old, the sauce was grayish brown. Ick. Our waiter, Kevin took our drink orders shortly after we got seated. I have a tendency to forget names quickly, especially waiters and waitresses because they usually present themselves while Im busy looking at the menu, but not this time I suppose. The Beer list was posted on a large blackboard next to the bar, listed with %ABV and brewed on date, a fantastic idea! Beers were on average 2 months old. I was driving so I wanted a half pint, but they only served pints. He did bring me a taster of the cream ale in a plastic cup, though. I asked if he had anything on cask, he answered that all the Beers were made on-premises. I explained what cask conditioned ales were, they didnt have any. I went for the double IPA, so did most of the gang. It didnt have any outstanding faults, other than the fact that Ive had pale ales that were hoppier than this, and there was very little body to speak of. My hophead friends were disappointed, to say the least. Those who chose something else werent impressed either.
Our food came quickly and the soups absolutely floored us. I was told the stout and cheddar soup was great here, and it certainly lived up to its hype. Probably one of the best soups I ever had. Those who took the Buffalo wing soup really enjoyed it as well. My main course of crab cakes was okay but Ive had better and cheaper. The citrus sauce it came with didnt match too well. Those who took the bean burger liked it, the salads were fine and the chili was good but not great.
So whats the final verdict? I certainly didnt hate the place, the overall ambiance is friendly and fun, and I should have asked for a growler of that soup, but I wouldnt go out of my way to get here just for the Beer.
07-25-2007 13:44:23 |
More by Goldorak
Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery in Glens Falls, NY
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