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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery ]
417 River St.
phone: (518) 273-2337
(Place added by: MTMugs)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 24 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
The food is good pub food. The beers are very good quality. One of my favorite pubs...we actually had our wedding reception here in 2010! I usually get the fish & chips. Hubby gets the grilled rueben and we usually split the nachos. Oatmeal stout is my beer of choice unless they have a good seasonal going- the Pumpkin rocks!
01-13-2013 22:53:02 |
More by JavaJitterz2010
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
This is an excellent place to go for a beer. They brew their own and it is phenomenal. All the beer is fresh and delicious. Their cherry raspberry is amazing as well as the whisky porter. What I really like about this place is that the food is just as good as the beer. The service is really good and the prices are really fair as well. If you are in the Troy, NY area, this place is a must. All of their beers are really good and well worth the money for them. The best part is taking them home in bottles if you live far away.
My suggestion is to get the Blonde Ale Chicken with the Cherry Raspberry. You can't go wrong with that.
10-15-2007 03:18:50 |
More by erosier
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped here with a couple of friends on the way to the Vermont Brewers' Festival. Upon entering there is an industrial feel. After passing some tables, we encountered the sizeable U-shaped bar in the back. There is a small upstairs area and an outdoor patio. A TV was on above the bar with music in the back. Clean men's room.
There were eight offerings, including one on-cask (a whiskey porter - a porter aged in Jim Beam barrels - worth having for sure), with a pretty wide variety of styles. A cider and Guinness also available. Bombers available to purchase.
Very friendly service. The friendly bartender was helpful and efficient. We met with one of the brewers, Mike, who talked with us for awhile and gave us two bottles of the IPA. The beers, from having a few different pints, and sampling a few others, were well-done. The menu offfered a variety of foods. From the small variety of foods we ordered, everyone in the group was pleased.
This place is certainly worth stopping in for a visit. I could see it being a regular hang-out place if I lived in the area.
07-24-2007 07:52:10 |
More by jwc215
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Overview: good quality fresh beer, wide award-winning beer selection (including some experiments), friendly staff, delicious food in big portions. Certainly well-worth the trip!
Went with our Beer Club on a "field trip". Nicely kept-up, wide-open old-timey bar with wood everywhere and a tin ceiling - all rather quaint and historical.
We sat at the bar and had numerous samplers and followed with a few pints of our favorites. They have all types of quality beers for all types of beer tastes - from candy-like concoctions for the faint of tastebud, easy to drink pilsners, middle-of-the-road ales, and always some interesting cross-beers or beer experiments such as their Whiskey Porter this trip. Like I said - something for everyone!
We all thought the two best beers by far were the Oatmeal Stout and the Pale Ale, but we all greatly enjoyed most of those we tasted. The Whiskey Porter was wildly unbalanced and I would seriously question the brand of whiskey used, but what a wild ride it gave my taste-buds! Woo-hoo!
And the food: big portions and absolutely delicious! Although all we ate were appetizers, they were all outstanding! Hats off to the cooks there! You guys should be teaching that wretched Albany Pump Station how to cook.
We saw ALOT of folks coming in to get their growlers filled. ALOT. Interestingly, a vast majority were Magic Hat growlers (Magic Hat in Burlington, VT is 3 hours away). Funny, in comparison we saw only one growler being filled at Albany Pump Station - must be because Brown's has BETTER BEER and knows how to treat us better beer drinking customers!
One area needed for improvement are the bartenders. Were certainly friendly enough, but really don't know anything about the beers nor how to present and serve it to us discerning customers. The young ladies spent alot of time giggling amongst themselves in their too small and too tight outfits. While none of us really objected to those sights, just T&A do not customer service make. They should know right off the tops of their cute little heads the alcohol level, the hops and malts used and at least line up the samplers in some order we could understand. Suggestion: how about ya'll get a little placemat with the beer types and names on them? Or, even line them up in the order they appear on the big board?
All-in-all, like Arnold, we will be back. For the very good beer there, the delicious food but especially for their beers. A nice place - one of the best, friendliest brewpubs we've had the delight to visit!
10-30-2008 21:49:05 |
More by ProfessorHomer
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
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Funny how I have been going to this place for the past 13 years or so and the number of times it has changed names/hands. The inside has not changed much of the years, nice bar area with a large U shaped bar, number of tight top tables and stools. Looks like they have the majority of their offerings on tap which numbers about 8 or 9 plus one on cask. Also you can purchase their brews in 22 oz bombers plus get growlers filled. Looks like they have some other offerings as well like Sierra, Sam Adams, etc. They have seating down stairs and then more tables on the second floor. Nice sized menu with a lot of options, which range from typical pub fair to some nice sounding entries. Looks like they have live music around the bar area a number of nights during the week, the guy that was there the other day was pretty good. We just had a couple appetizers which where good sized and a few beers. Everything was good but the highlight for me was the Whiskey Porter on cask, simply a fantastic brew. Also had the Oatmeal stout, which was good, but IMO did not hold a lick to the Porter. Looking forward to go back and try some of the other offerings as well as pick up a few bombers. If you in the area I would say that this is a excellent pick, IMO not as good as the Albany Pump Station but damn close.
01-20-2007 14:22:21 |
More by Stimack
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Great place to visit for some tasty brews and very decent pub fare. In the summertime you can snag outdoor seating overlooking the river, and once a week there is an outdoor music series that provide entertainment. Next door to Brown's is Revolution Hall, which houses concerts, as well. Lots of music interactions with the brewery. This place gets mobbed on Friday and Saturday nights, so be prepared to possibly wait for a table. The beers are very decent, and they are doing a weekly cask now, with some rotating taps besides their flagship brews. The upstairs has more of the pub atmosphere, with some pool tables and old school arcade games. Growler fills are easy and hassle free...you bring in a vessel and they fill it. They also have bottles to go. All in all, a really fun place to visit with some really tasty food and brews. I hit this place almost every time I am in the area.
07-09-2012 02:59:21 |
More by GarthDanielson
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