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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
184 Glen St.
phone: (518) 743-9026
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 32
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | $$$$
The Short-We were the only tourists at the bar, AND we were the only ones overcharged at the bar. Coincidence?
The Long-We stopped in for a couple pints last week at 4:30pm. We sat at the bar, and ordered 2 rounds of beer (identical beers). We paid cash each time, and our change was different from the 2 bartenders. I asked the bartender why we had different (smaller) glasses than the other patrons, and we explained they are mug club members, the benefits which included bigger glasses, and happy hour prices. I asked when happy hour was, and he said it goes until 6:30. He, however, had to go ask the other bartender when happy hour started. (REALLY A bartender who doesn't know when happy hour is?). It's starts at 3:30 (Allegedly)
I asked why our change was different between the 2 rounds. He goes and huddles with the other bartender. He comes back and says that the other bartender doesn't know how to correctly ring in beer at happy hour prices when you pay in cash. (REALLY a bartender in a brewery can't correctly sell beer for cash?)
We were over charged $2 and he gave us back a dollar, and asked if that was alright. I then asked if the fact that we weren't locals might have led to the overcharging, and he looked at me blank faced.
The owner had been running around setting up a musician, and I explained our question. He asked where our slips were. I said we paid cash and had no slips. He responded "EVERYONE HAS SLIPS!", and ran around to the bartenders asking where our slips were. They spent a couple of minutes looking for slips, and we left disgusted.
Interestingly, the bartender who explained the problem to us, and could have ended all the looking for slips, never once mentioned the problem to his owner.
No beer prices listed. Bartenders who are incompetent at best and thieves at worst. WATCH OUT FOR YOUR WALLET.
08-03-2011 12:42:41 |
More by Cascade
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$
I grew up nearby, so Davidson's was really my first exposure to craft beer. I stopped going years ago for a number of reasons (poor service, bad food, no A/C inside, mediocre beers), but I have revisited a number of times in the last few years when home visiting family. Sadly, the only improvement is the addition of A/C inside. I haven't eaten there in years, so I won't comment on that. But the beers are still just bad. They probably make the worst IPA I've ever had and the only beer I've ever really enjoyed there was Dacker, and that's not really even their beer. The Oatmeal Stout is decent, but not extraordinary and the Scotch Ale is very boozy. I don't know what hops they use in the Alt, but damn is that biting on the tongue, and not in a good hophead way. My biggest complaint will always be the owner, Rick. The guy is a pompous jerk and his attitude has spread to the bartenders over the years. I brought a group there the night before a wedding this past summer and ordered a round of drinks (8 beers, 2 cocktails). We were sitting outside, so I had to go inside and order the drinks, and then bring them back outside with me. None of the servers or barstaff offered to help. After I brought all of the drinks out, I came back in and asked for two pitchers of water. Was told they don't do pitchers of water. I then asked for ten glasses of water and got a "pffft" from the bartender. I hate this place, I really do. Don't waste your time or money here. If you're stuck in Glens Falls and want beer, go to Wallabee's. If you want dinner, go to the Gourmet Cafe , 132 Glen, Raul's, of the Chocolate Mill. Do not give Rick Davidson your business, he doesn't deserve it.
02-12-2012 01:26:06 |
More by EnronCFO
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Arrived just as the pub openned on our way up to Lake Placid. Was looking to get a growler of smoked porter which I got.
We didn't eat here here but my wife and I did at one time maybe ten years ago.
The place looks very inviting. I was talking to the bartender while he was filling my growler and it's a pretty old building, 1864 I believe he said and was an old textile factory. Lots of brick and exposed wooded beams. Looks nice. You can purchase some sixpacks of thier beers to if you like also.
08-18-2012 07:12:44 |
More by micromaniac129
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
I took may family to this brewpub for dinner, after spending a day at the amusement park a few miles away. We met some close friends for dinner, and sat in the attractive outdoor patio section during the meal. The brewpub is incredibly easy to find, although we parked on the street, and could imagine that it would be difficult to find a space during the weekend (we visited on a Monday night, so it wasn't a problem). Although the outside was attractive and well-kept, the inside had a beer-soaked saloon feel. Of course, such a feel has it's place, just not in a food establishment. However, the service was exemplary. They were clearly proud of the beer, encouraged us to try different selections, and were generally very knowledgeable. The waitress was prompt, but also didn't rush us. I often have high expectations of restaurant staff, and here they were very good. The food was typical pub-grub (with some twists). It's nothing spectacular, so I wouldn't recommend coming for the food alone. The beer, however, was fabulous. I especially liked the Dacker and the Scotch Ale. All brews were tasty and well poured. If I'm in the area again, I'll definitely try to visit this place once more.
08-10-2008 01:31:59 |
More by Suds
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $
I hit this place usually four to six times a year when Im seeing family in the area and have yet to be disapointed about the selection of beers on tap, but being a former professional brewer, I have one major issue with Davidson's; its the yeast. Ringwood yeast to be exact.
There are many brewies that have open fermentation, but to use that as a reason to use this yeast baffles me. The yeast over powers the beer and gives them all the same after taste, which over powers the quality of the beer that is made here.
09-12-2006 04:03:04 |
More by Ralelen
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Finally made it to this place though I've lived less than an hour away for a couple years now. Great old building smack-dab in the middle of a historic downtown area of Glens Falls. Food was hit-and-miss. (i.e. the buffalo chicken soup was stellar, whereas the nachos were less than impresisve) However, they do have fried pickles which this is the first brew pub on this coast that I've seen them on the menu. Yea!
Their beer selection is pretty good. They have their year-round selection- pale, brown, etc., but also throw in some saucy brews such as a Scotch ale.
If in the area, I'll be stopping by here again.
05-21-2009 12:39:55 |
More by Avryle
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I live almost literally across the street from Davidson Brothers Pub and Brewery, so needless to say I'm a bit bias. As far as I'm concerned, this place is part of what makes Glens Falls unique, and I can honestly say it may be the heart of this quiet, bristling foothills town. I love everything about this place, and just to have a brewery in downtown GF is a treat, and I will continue to patronize this place until I leave this beautiful part of the world.
Now on to the critical part:
Davidson Brothers beer is good. Not great. Good. It suffers from an intangible quality that creates a universally creamy texture and flat flavor across all beers brewed here. Perhaps they put too much yeast in, or ferment it for too long, but the great flavor of the beers is lost in a sea of funky texture. A good example of what's wrong: compare an IPA from the tap to one out of the bottle. The DB IPA brewed and bottled by Harpoon (I believe) tastes much more crisp and bright than the DB IPA from the tap at the brewery. This is my only complaint about the place.
As far as what they do well, I love their rotating stock. They take criticism extremely well, and I have more than once received a 25% off card in the mail for filling out one of the review cards that came with the check. In the 3 years I've frequented the place they have changed up their menu and their look to reflect the suggestions of people who frequent the place. Rick Davidson is always on hand to ensure quality in service and atmosphere in the restaurant. They reward repeat customers by changing up their brewer's choice beer every chance they get, and even create special beers like the Strong Ale and the yuletide Belgian Trippel, which is quite a treat. Only locals benefit from this as the only beer they bottle is the Dacker and the IPA (I believe no longer the brown.)
All things considered, this place is a gem in the middle of a town on the grow, and I hope people visit just to say they've experienced true North Country hospitality, and had some good beer with it!
04-26-2010 02:44:22 |
More by TangTKE402
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
The brewpub was located downtown Glens Falls, NY in an old style building with a nice window store front look peeking in on the brewing equipment. The pub itself was pretty basic of most brewpubs that I've visited. There was a decent sized bar area with quite a few taps of the house brews along with open seating at tables throughout that were spread out nicely from each other. The beer was pretty good also. I had their stout and ipa. The atmosphere was nice; not a lot of people there, but enough to keep the place profitable. I went early in the week around lunch time. The menu was better than average. Of course, they had the beer sampler, which I decided not to do. The appetizers were the usual, wings, quesedilla, etc. except for a delicious chedder stout soup. I ordered that and a plate of their boneless battered winglets. They served them in three styles mild, hot, and black death. I chose the black death and payed the price for it. They were quite tasty, but felt like I had consumed a small bottle of Drano. Anyway, this was a fine establishment with courtious servers and a good menu; not to mention the wide array of good house beers. The only bad thing. You couldn't buy bottled beer to go.
07-28-2003 16:56:46 |
More by WesWes
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5
Fairly good Prices. Awesome thick velvety cheddar and stout soup. Nice wood layout, beautiful terrace between 2 buildings receives light day well. Familial atmosphere. Very friendly staff. Overall a nice place to stop by in upstate NY if in no way a standout and must stop. Located around 1 hour north of albany, 5 minutes from the highway with a nice parking lot in the back. My main complaint has to be the beer list which shows no place for experimental stuff, the most out of the mainstream alley being an oatmeal stout, which is well made by the way.
10-12-2004 16:59:03 |
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