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Brown's Brewing Company
Active Beers: 30
Beer Ratings: 558
Beer Avg: 3.58
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery ]
417 River St.
phone: (518) 273-2337
(Place added by: MTMugs)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 24 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I have gone here a few times over the years. I usually go to the Pumpstation as it is closer. They always have a ton of beer on tap. They do a sampler for $6 which is not a good deal at all as the sample sizes are TINY. Better off just getting a pint or two. The pints are reasonably priced with a beer of the day for $3/pint instead of the usual $4. Growlers can be filled up as well. The imperial stout cost me $10 for a refill. They let you fill up other people's growlers which is important.
The food was good and the fries were beer battered to hell and were awesome. The deck is nice during the summer for sure. Definitely worth a stop.
01-07-2008 22:24:55 |
More by aerozeppl
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
This is an excellent place to go for a beer. They brew their own and it is phenomenal. All the beer is fresh and delicious. Their cherry raspberry is amazing as well as the whisky porter. What I really like about this place is that the food is just as good as the beer. The service is really good and the prices are really fair as well. If you are in the Troy, NY area, this place is a must. All of their beers are really good and well worth the money for them. The best part is taking them home in bottles if you live far away.
My suggestion is to get the Blonde Ale Chicken with the Cherry Raspberry. You can't go wrong with that.
10-15-2007 03:18:50 |
More by erosier
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Brown's is the truth. Located right on the Hudson in downtown Troy, with a huge free parking lot right next door. Vintage mural on the side of the crazy old building it's in. First floor has a nice bar and also an outside porch area. Second floor as well.
Beers are good, the cherry-raspberry is phenomenal. Whiskey porter, brown ale, a good IPA and pils as well. Food is top-notch and won't kill your wallet.
Growlers to go.
Revolution Hall next door which has legit bands.
All around great place.
10-11-2007 03:07:42 |
More by WildMeff
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped here with a couple of friends on the way to the Vermont Brewers' Festival. Upon entering there is an industrial feel. After passing some tables, we encountered the sizeable U-shaped bar in the back. There is a small upstairs area and an outdoor patio. A TV was on above the bar with music in the back. Clean men's room.
There were eight offerings, including one on-cask (a whiskey porter - a porter aged in Jim Beam barrels - worth having for sure), with a pretty wide variety of styles. A cider and Guinness also available. Bombers available to purchase.
Very friendly service. The friendly bartender was helpful and efficient. We met with one of the brewers, Mike, who talked with us for awhile and gave us two bottles of the IPA. The beers, from having a few different pints, and sampling a few others, were well-done. The menu offfered a variety of foods. From the small variety of foods we ordered, everyone in the group was pleased.
This place is certainly worth stopping in for a visit. I could see it being a regular hang-out place if I lived in the area.
07-24-2007 07:52:10 |
More by jwc215
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Yes it's in Troy...and yes it's on the Hudson River...but once you enter Brown's all that becomes obsolete. Brown's is very appealing to the eye and the beers and food doesn't disappoint. I would recommend going during the summer and sitting outside on the deck overlooking the scenic (?) Hudson. This was our last stop in our five brewery/brewpub adventure of the capital region so we were ready for dinner as well as some quality suds. Dinner was delicious, quite a selection of burgers and main entree's for a reasonable price. Seating for dinner was upstairs and downstairs as well, and of course outside if weather permits. Troy isn't exactly the greatest area in the capital region, but Brown's definitely helps its reputation. Give it try if you happen to be in the area. Or if you want to plan a full day brewery/brewpub trip, I suggest starting at Cooper's Cave, then hit up Davidson Bros. for lunch, then Mendocino in Saratoga, followed by Albany Pump Station, and finally finish here for dinner...it's a great trip!
01-27-2007 00:45:33 |
More by BeerTruth
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Funny how I have been going to this place for the past 13 years or so and the number of times it has changed names/hands. The inside has not changed much of the years, nice bar area with a large U shaped bar, number of tight top tables and stools. Looks like they have the majority of their offerings on tap which numbers about 8 or 9 plus one on cask. Also you can purchase their brews in 22 oz bombers plus get growlers filled. Looks like they have some other offerings as well like Sierra, Sam Adams, etc. They have seating down stairs and then more tables on the second floor. Nice sized menu with a lot of options, which range from typical pub fair to some nice sounding entries. Looks like they have live music around the bar area a number of nights during the week, the guy that was there the other day was pretty good. We just had a couple appetizers which where good sized and a few beers. Everything was good but the highlight for me was the Whiskey Porter on cask, simply a fantastic brew. Also had the Oatmeal stout, which was good, but IMO did not hold a lick to the Porter. Looking forward to go back and try some of the other offerings as well as pick up a few bombers. If you in the area I would say that this is a excellent pick, IMO not as good as the Albany Pump Station but damn close.
01-20-2007 14:22:21 |
More by Stimack
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Brown's Brewing Co. (formerly Troy Pub and Brewery), has some of the most outstanding beer in the area. Personally, I am a big oatmeal stout in general so I always start with a pint of theirs, which ranks among my favorites. They usually have either a Porter or a cask conditioned Whiskey Porter, the latter of which is about to become a staple. Both are excellent. Another limited beer that I have tried is the Cherry Raspberry ale. It is a great beer although I couldn't have more than one in a row because it is quite sweet. I have also had their Imperial Stout and Brown ale and liked both.
The food is what I would consider upgraded pub fare. I usually get their burgers, which are excellent, but they have plenty of other good meals as well and great appetizers.
The best part about Brown's in my opinion though is the fact that they own Revolution Hall next door which is a music venue. There is nothing like seeing a good band while drinking even better beer. All of the beers that they make are served at Rev Hall also.
The prices for food are reasonable, and the prices for beer are pretty cheap. They have a beer of the day for $2.50 a pint.
12-03-2006 07:13:21 |
More by drseamus
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I go to college in Troy, NY and didn't really know of this place until after joining BA and reading around. Since then I have been trying to get some of my friends to go with me and have finally won. I'd say it is a little bit more than I expected and I expected it to be good. The service was wonderful we had a very well timed waitress she came to us right as we finished our first beers before our food came and brought both our food and new beers at her next visit. The food was good and the fries where great. I personally had the grilled chicken sandwich (which is hard to mess up) which was good. Those in my party had the fish and chips and Uncle Sam Burger both of which they enjoyed thoroughly. As for the beers, we had the IPA, Honey Brown, and Hefewizen between us. The beers were smooth and enjoyable. I agree that the IPA had a bit of an after taste but it wasn't unenjoyable but was why I changed over on my second beer. We had a ketchup bottle explode on us and the manager rushed right over and appologized and took off the meal for the guy that got completely covered (good thing he had black on). So on the whole great local find well worth your support, convienent location with good food, good beer, and good service. Makes the price worth it.
08-07-2006 23:31:07 |
More by RatAgain
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
The Taproom and neighboring music venue Revolution Hall are currently for sale. Got a couple million dollars lying around? Brown's is a large space, well-renovated with an industrial feel. "The Troy Pub," as it's still known by locals, is located on the same block as Irish pub Ryan's Wake and the Irish-Mexican restaurant Jose Malone's.
I can't call the atmosphere any better than "good" because the place is a ghost town at night. With enough momentum, it could be excellent.
Unfortunately the place has a reputation for dirty tap lines, even among people who don't normally know a whole lot about beer. I've picked up "butterscotch notes" in some of their brews, so I suspect this story is true. The lighter beers at Brown's are very underwhelming, but the various stouts and porters I've tried are solid.
I've only eaten at Brown's once -- today, for lunch -- and everything went well. The salad was made with all romaine lettuce and plenty of cherry tomatoes, and the Fish & Chips entree was great.
For a beer bar and eatery in Troy, I would recommend Holmes & Watson over Brown's -- except that Brown's is open on Sundays when other places are not. If you're visiting the area and you're looking for a brewpub, come across the river to the Albany Pump Station first.
But if you're with a group and they're going to Brown's, don't say no. It's an OK place, with lots of potential.
03-19-2006 22:31:56 |
More by AlbanyAdvocate
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Seen the seedy underbelly of Troy? Yeah, well, everything was going swimmingly 'til we drove over that bridge and made that first left turn to nowhere, and I mean nowhere, like a dead end over the tracks, down by the river kind of nowhere. I was a-scared. And driving along the river, lateralling North through the PJ's, not so cool. But then we found the bridge we were supposed to have come over in the first place, and things became all beer and shiny and new...
Brown's is the old Troy Pub & Brewery, housed in a large cavernous building attached to the Revolution Hall Performing Arts Center. Vaulted ceiling and massive ancient cross beams, one of which holds a giant hanging sign reading "Beer On Draught". Pale blue walls, massive exposed duct work, drop lamps over the bar, and kettles in a glass front room in the rear corner. The room is nicely decorated with large beer murals, Brown's beer signs, an old map and war posters. A flatscreen on the back wall and a board listing the tap selections. Coolers at one end of the bar with 22's and growlers to go. A fat wood question mark shaped bar to the rear seats nearly a dozen and a half, with 6 bar tables running around the bar, and a forward seating area with another dozen tables.
There's an upper floor with a larger dining area and a game room. Roughly 18 booths and tables, and another 6 in the game room with the pool table, electronic darts, foosball table, and the display cases with old bottles and growlers. Large murals on the mostly brick walls sporting the Uncle Sam theme (he's buried in the Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, you know). Also, a back terrace overlooking the river with another dozen and a half tables.
7 house beers, Guinness and a cider running across a long row of taps, plus 3 more here, 1 there, and a cask (Hefe). The sampler is 6 beers of your choice. The Pils was clean and friendly; the Hefe unfiltered, pleasant enough; the Pale Ale just okay; the Cherry Raspberry Ale was thankfully more cherry than raspberry and not overly sweet. I thought it tasted pretty good, but at the bottom of my glass I found a marichino cherry, so I can only wonder what this beer would have tasted like without it. And I know you oughtn't judge a beer by it's color cover, but damn if the Brown, Porter & Stout didn't all look like the same beer, although the Brown Ale was nicely malty; the Porter chocolately and solid; and the Oatmeal Stout roasted and oaty. Beers were good overall, most notably the darker ones.
They've also got a small bottle list of about a dozen beers including Ommegang Wit, Fuller's Summer Ale, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Spaten Optimator, Lindeman's Framboise, Magic Hat #9, and Pilsner Urquell.
We took in dinner at the bar. I ordered the shrimp stir fry over pasta, 'cept I got mine over rice instead, they were most accommodating there. It was spicy and really damn good and marks the first time that I've ever eaten cauliflower, which had a strange texture, and was bland and tasteless but not bitter like I'd always imagined it would be (see my review of it on www.4syllablevegetables.com).
You know what? They've got a good radio station piped in. Yeah, Joe Cocker, Traffic, Neil Young, Doors, all in a row. It's a decently comfortable place on this Saturday early evening. I could easily sit here and have another Brown Ale but there's somewhere else we needs to be...
11-11-2005 05:06:30 |
More by slander
Brown's Brewing Company in Troy, NY
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