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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
184 Glen St.
phone: (518) 743-9026
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 32
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Functional navigator and co-pilot that I am, I had completely mapped out the path to Burlington via all over the place. (Evil) Davo's drivin', I'm riding shotgun, what could possibly go wrong, right? I figured we'd need lunch up North somewhere and Davidson Brothers seemed like it could have been kind of almost sort of nearly along the way...
Up the Northway, a ways South of Lake George yet, a right turn off the exit, and an eventual brewpub on the main drag in town. Actually, a real good scene as seen from the street, as the entrance is through a side... well, it's not quite an alley, it's a lot wider than that. It's like a mini street blocked off for the restaurants on both side of it to have outdoor seating (or something). Davidson's got about 2 and a half dozen tables out there for their part. In through the side door, we're seated front row center at the bar. It's a straight wood job, seating nearly a dozen. The bar and the massive mirrored back unit came from an area bar gone under. Booze and glassware on the unit, case bottles, growlers and beer trays above it and a blackboard to the right of the bar unit listing the taps and their ABV's. The 2 walls running the length of the building are old brick. Wood rafter ceilings, deep green plaid wallpaper uppers and dark green lowers, spotlighting overhead, TV's in the corners, a firehouse wagon unit suspended from the ceiling, and wood and brick lined kettles in a small room in the front along the windows. A dozen tables run the room, mostly along the large windows looking out on the outdoor seating area. An ancient cash register sits on the end of the bar and the walls are adorned with framed Davidson Brothers ads and articles.
Upstairs, a small "L" shaped copper topped bar seating a half a dozen. Massive brick walls, a giant framed mirror, spot lighting, and large windows overlooking the street and the side outdoor area. Tartan plaid wallpaper, bookshelves, and about a dozen and a half tables riddled about. To the rear of the floor sits a game room, a small area with a pool table, foosball, a pinball machine, darts, table bowling and a TV. There's also a bookshelf loaded with children's books.
Meanwhile, back at the bar, 10 house taps and Michelob Light. The sampler gives you 6 beers of your choice. The Brown was done English Brown style, very nice, the Irish Red sweet & malty, the Double Hop IPA had a good bite, the Oatmeal Stout silky, roasty & oaty, the Belgian Triple sweet and very nicely done, the Magnum Hop IPA was crazily alcohol-ee, also quite good. They also let us try the Summer Wheat, slight banana flavor, and the Hop Scotch which was good and malty. All the beers were real damn good, and oh by the way, growlers for $7.95. Owner Rick Davidson gave us the history of the place, and asked us if we'd heard of his "beer guarantee" (Um, no). "Well", he says, "If there's any beer you don't like, I'll finish it for you". Nice try, Rick, get your own beer, I'll be finishing all these.
As to the aforementioned lunch, I had the jumbo wings with the tangy Asian Orange sauce and a turkey club, both were very good.
Good beer, good food, should be enough to hold me until we get to VT.
08-01-2005 00:29:58 |
More by slander
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Davidsons doesn't look like much from the front, but enter on the side and things get promising. It's a dark, woody place, but I get a warm feeling there. As you enter, the place is laid-out lengthwise from left to right. The bar is just a bit to the left and in the back; dining to the right, and in front of the bar to the left, also. I believe there was upstairs seating as well. To the far left, fronting the windows, are the brewing tanks. Old knick-knacks, bier paraphernalia and sports equipment hang from the walls and ceilings. There were 10 biers on tap (ranging from Blonde to Scotch Ale and Stout) as well as 1 bottled offering. Our pert little bier-tender (Genelle?) was attentive and fairly well-versed in their biers. The biers were generally well-made, though nothing I had knocked my socks off. Worthy of a visit if you're in the area. Prosit!!
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: n/a | $$
02-03-2003 15:19:10 |
More by Bierman9
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: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped here for an Independence Day lunch while en route to Vermont (see reviews). Davidson Brothers is located on in an interesting old building in the middle of Main Street. It also has a spacious terrace area, which would have been pleasant had it not been raining. They are a small capacity establishment of 7 Barrels, yet have a diverse selection of craft beers. On tap was a mildly hopped ESB and a very quaffable smoked porter, which we took home in a growler. They also offer their specialty beer called Dacker. Great food, efficient service, a family-friendly atmosphere and a very affable and attentive owner makes this a worthwhile stop when in the Lake George area - or on the way to Vermont.
07-10-2007 16:58:11 |
More by jjboesen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
I had to go back to make sure the first time wasn't a fluke.
I really like this place, especially considering its downtown-in-a-small-city-that-goes-quiet-on-weekends location. I've dined outside during a nice stouty Sunday Brunch and had dinner alone at the bar on a midweek evening. Outdoors is a wide alley between two downtown buildings, no more no less, but the good service and the other happy patrons liven it up. The bar area is one of those old fashioned huge old west big wood monstrosities with cubbies for breweriana. Brewer's kettles are visible through the glass to the left. Overall effect is Davidson shouting to its rooftops that it is dedicated to beer and ale.
Both times, the server was informal, patient, chatty and efficient. The food was on the good end of (pub grub + dinner menu.) A great number of pint choices and now that I've tried four or five, I'd go out on a limb and say they're all well done. I enjoyed the Scottish and the IPA during dinner and bought a case of IPA to take home. Bottles are actually done Pugsley-style by Shipyard in Portland, so it really was like taking them to their home.
Agree that the IPA is not spectacular big-hop-tastewise, but I would give it really high ratings for drinkability. Saratoga and Lake George both have fine brewpubs, but while in the area, I suggest an extra stop at Davidson's.
04-17-2003 09:34:38 |
More by ecoboy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Loated on the main drag of Glens Falls, just past the traffic circle. The building occupies a nice corner location with and adjacent courtyard used for outdoor seating.
The interior was spacious and included dining on the first and second floors. The bar was located toward the front of the premises and the brewery equipment was viewable from the bar.
There were eight or so house beers on tap and six packs to go.
The food was typical pub fare, except for the soups, which were excellent.
The bartender was courteouse and attentive and seemed to have a good grasp of the house beers.
The interior was well appointed with many vintage accents and breweriana.
10-28-2008 19:31:40 |
More by plaid75
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Stopped by for a late dinner on our return from Montreal. Quite easy to find using their website directions with parking lot in the rear. Only hard thing was actually finding the building late in the evening, as there is no lit sign. Decided to eat outside since it was a nice evening, but there is also a very nice old pub looking bar and seating inside.
Had around 10 beers on tap, tried the sampler for 6 and got a pint of the Oatmeal stout for free with the purchase of a t-shirt. All the beers were wonderful, most in the British style and very creamy. Service was excellent and our server was very knowledgable. Food was amazing, especially the Buffalo Chicken soup. Definitely a place I look forward to getting back to the next time I find myself anywhere near Glens Falls.
07-23-2007 15:24:55 |
More by HopDerek
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
So we were up this way and finally made it in. Great old building located right on the main drag. Large outdoor seating area with umbrellas in the like located in the old service alley. The inside of the pub was very cozy. Big copper kettle visable right up front. The bar was old (in the good way). Walls were covered with old beer stuff. The service was excellent from the top down. The brewer even stopped by to see what we thought of the beers. I had the IPA which was good and the lady had the scotch ale which was really good. I got the Buffalo Chicken soup which was stellar. Had a burger after that and it was good. This place does a very brisk business and after visiting I know why. Lunch was very reasonably priced and good. Will definitely stop by again if up North.
07-28-2009 00:37:13 |
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