Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery
Active Beers: 18
Beer Ratings: 300
Beer Avg: 3.72
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 32
4.05/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I discovered this place a few months ago, and since then it's become my favorite place to grab a pint and fill my growlers. Luckily it's only ten minutes from exit 18 on Route 87 (about 45 minutes north of Albany). Two Davidson Brothers growlers* live in my trunk, and each time I make a weekend run to my camp in the Adirondacks I swing by and fill them with Brown Ale.
I get a great vibe from this place. The bar staff always seems friendly, and quite happy to talk about beers and brewing. They help with the brewing, so you can hoist a pint while getting some inside information about how it was made. I particularly enjoy chatting with a friendly graying-haired gentleman named Bob, who enjoys a good conversation about their beers and brewing processes.
I find the beer itself to be extraordinary. It might not be the best beer I've ever had, but whenever I drink a pint I'm struck by how well-balanced the taste is. I love their IPA, ESB, Irish Red, and Kerry Ale, but to me the real crowning glory is their beautifully nutty Brown Ale. It's at least the second most drinkable beer I've ever had. Those two growlers of brown have been a big part of some fabulous weekends at camp.
There are a few downsides which don't turn me away by any means, but are worth mentioning. The bar staff are always running around from one end of the room to the other, so each step in the "drink, fill the growlers, get my check, pay" process takes an unexpectedly long time. Also, the bar area is rather small, and on Friday nights (the only time I can get there) the musicians are jammed in right next to it so that you can hardly hear anyone speak. It doesn't help that the musicians ain't exactly world-class.
My rating of the food is based on the one meal I ate there: A burger & fries which weren't bad at all.
*Incidentally, they have the cutest and most functional growlers I've ever seen. They're thick, easy to pour, and aesthetically pleasing, with a low center of gravity and a great seal.
11-24-2003 17:45:39 | More by Weissenheimer
4.72/5 rDev +18%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
First, I have to say the previous reviewers missed the point when they said their IPAs weren't hoppy enough. All these beers are done with English style in mind which is never as over-the-top as American styles are. The emphasis on English beers is balance and drinkability. These beers excel in that.
After getting quality out of the way, I had the most fun there as I've had a pub in a long time. If you visit this place and the brewmaster/part owner, Rick Davidson is not there then you are missing out. If he wasn't doing such a good job here, he'd have an outstanding career as a stand-up comedian. An very personalbe too. As soon as I told him my name, I think everyone at the establishment, staff and customers, knew it as well. I'd give the place a 5 in terms of atmosphere but there was a bit of an unpleasant 'stale beer' smell as I walked in the door.
Service was great. Staff knew about the beer and how to talk about it to customers and were quick. They also seemed to gel well with Rick's antics.
I've seen more taps at brewpubs but it's rare to see as many worth actually having.
The food was good. I had a cup of soup, as previous reviewers raved about it, and some fish and chips. The soup (Buffalo Chicken Soup), while good, didn't blow me away. In fact, it was so thick I would call it a fancy cheese dip. No problem... a handful of tortilla chips come with it. Made for one of the better queso dips I've had. The fish and chips were on par with other fish and chips I've had.
While it wasn't cheap, considering where I was, I think it's not that bad.
Overall, this IS worth going out of the way for! Especially if you can catch Rick Davidson.
05-31-2008 02:12:26 | More by PCaravan
3.85/5 rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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
3.93/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Had the opportunity to visit The Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery while visiting a friend that lives not far from Glenns Falls.
The Brewpub is located right in the downtown area, the atmosphere is very welcoming.
We stopped in for a few afternoon beers and sat right at the bar.
I ordered the Danish Continental Lager and recieved a short pour as the keg kicked so I moved onto the Scottish Ale, very drinkable!
I am looking forward to visiting again and having a chance to try the Ctrl-Alt-Del.
05-17-2011 01:40:28 | More by rbd13
1.27/5 rDev -68.3%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | $$$$
The Short-We were the only tourists at the bar, AND we were the only ones overcharged at the bar. Coincidence?
The Long-We stopped in for a couple pints last week at 4:30pm. We sat at the bar, and ordered 2 rounds of beer (identical beers). We paid cash each time, and our change was different from the 2 bartenders. I asked the bartender why we had different (smaller) glasses than the other patrons, and we explained they are mug club members, the benefits which included bigger glasses, and happy hour prices. I asked when happy hour was, and he said it goes until 6:30. He, however, had to go ask the other bartender when happy hour started. (REALLY A bartender who doesn't know when happy hour is?). It's starts at 3:30 (Allegedly)
I asked why our change was different between the 2 rounds. He goes and huddles with the other bartender. He comes back and says that the other bartender doesn't know how to correctly ring in beer at happy hour prices when you pay in cash. (REALLY a bartender in a brewery can't correctly sell beer for cash?)
We were over charged $2 and he gave us back a dollar, and asked if that was alright. I then asked if the fact that we weren't locals might have led to the overcharging, and he looked at me blank faced.
The owner had been running around setting up a musician, and I explained our question. He asked where our slips were. I said we paid cash and had no slips. He responded "EVERYONE HAS SLIPS!", and ran around to the bartenders asking where our slips were. They spent a couple of minutes looking for slips, and we left disgusted.
Interestingly, the bartender who explained the problem to us, and could have ended all the looking for slips, never once mentioned the problem to his owner.
No beer prices listed. Bartenders who are incompetent at best and thieves at worst. WATCH OUT FOR YOUR WALLET.
08-03-2011 12:42:41 | More by Cascade
2.06/5 rDev -48.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$
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
3.78/5 rDev -5.5%
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
4.83/5 rDev +20.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Let me begin by stating this pub is one big reason I would not leave the Glens Falls area. I have too many friends who have moved away, only to ask me to bring a truck load of growlers to them next time I come to visit.
Most importantly, they brew the best beer around. I've been to many brew pubs, and have had my share of the good, the bad and the down right ugly. But Davidson's consistently brews great ales. My favorites include the IPA, ESB, Brown, Control-Alt-Delete, Dacker, Scotch, Wheat... Heck, I guess it would have been easier to state which style I don't prefer. Sorry, can't think of any. All are well balanced good representations of the style and VERY drinkable (trust me on this- the cab fare home is $7.00)
Brewer Rick Davidson is at home in his pub. He mingles with the guests like it's not even work. Very friendly, and makes everyone feel at home. The atmosphere matches the warmth of the host.
Finally, the food. While Davidson's will not be mistaken for a 4 star gourmet restaurant, they are good at their intended purpose. They serve up fine pub fare and specialty dishes that keep locals and tourist coming back for more. Try the Cheddar Stout soup, and you'll ask for a transfer to the Glens Falls branch of where you work. And the prices are very reasonable. Plan on a tab around $60 per couple plus gratuity, if each person drinks 2-3 pints, has an appetizer and a meal.
If you live in the Glens Falls region, I'm not telling you anything you don't already know. If you are not, make a point of coming to visit and stop by for a pint and a bite. Rick will hook you at "whatta have?"
08-15-2008 01:49:21 | More by 12vman
4/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75 | $$
Great atmosphere. I'm working on a project in the area and decided to stop in and grab a bite and some brew. I've had the fish tacos, beer cheese soup, and the calamari appetizer. All good so far, but calamari a was a little soggy. Now onto the brew; Oatmeal stout is very good; I've been back to fill the growlers five times so far. Also enjoy their coffee stout, had a growler fill on that. Rick Davidson, owner, is always out and about greeting customers and adding to the great atmosphere. Will be back!
11-07-2013 14:57:26 | More by dredz_126
4.18/5 rDev +4.5%
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
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Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery in Glens Falls, NY
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