Up in Albany with my wife and kids, one of which had just graduated college (one down, one to go), for the Dave Matthews Band concert at the SPAC. Looked up brew pubs in the area. We found Brown's. This riverside pub was firing on all cylinders. Hip, packed, outstanding food and great beer. There are many brew pubs that boast great beer but only a few deliver. This one delivered and then some.
My daughter and I shared a flight of 10 beer samples ranging from IPA's and Hefenweiser to Oatmeal Brown Stout. They were outstanding... All of them. I focused on the Hefeweisen, my wife on the Cherry Rasbery Ale and my daughter on the Oatmeal Stout. My son... sadly only 20, had to settle for iced tea.
Food was equally worthy. The pulled pork with cherry raspberry ale BBQ sauce was crazy great. I had the Hombre burger. Spicy greatness. Habenero cheese, jalapeños and chipotle ketchup. Perfectly cooked and served with rosemary sea salt fries. This is a pub? I don't think so. This is gastro fun times worthy of the trip to Troy. So much fun, it might be worth a trip back to Troy just to hit Brown's.
The only bummer? They did not have the Whisky Porter to give a go. Maybe next time.
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