From Schenectady to Bennington, these brewers make for a perfect road-trip respite

Sip, savor, repeat
Druthers opened its Schenectady spot near the casino in 2018. It also has locations in Albany and Saratoga Springs.
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Druthers opened its Schenectady spot near the casino in 2018. It also has locations in Albany and Saratoga Springs.

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As the world opens up, so should your taste buds.

After a few months of sipping Mike’s Hard on your living room couch and dreaming of the day you can step foot outside again, you might want a sweet escape. Or maybe you just want a local craft beer.

Luckily for you, our area is home to quite a few bangin’ breweries — like Druthers and Frog Alley — and the friendly competition a couple hours away isn’t so bad, either.


In honor of several breweries finally opening their doors, we’ve compiled a list of a few to check out locally or even out of state. Either way, make sure you bring a mask, pack a mug and drink responsibly. 

Right next door

Druthers Brewing Company
221 Harborside Drive, Schenectady

Next to the casino sits one of the best local breweries, complete with a massive selection of signature brews. Druthers boasts everything from a Bavarian-style Against The Grain Hefeweizen to the German-style The Dare. 

Outdoor seating is now open at the Schenectady location, but reservations are limited, so make sure you’re prepared. Druthers also has locations in Albany and Saratoga Springs. 

Mad Jack Brewing Co.
237 Union St., Schenectady 

The crispy and fruity Pinhead Pilsner, the flagship Fightin’ Irwin IPA, the Belgian-inspired Van Curler Pale Ale and the Northern English-style Bubba Brown Ale make for a stacked drink menu at this Union Street location.

The spot opened in 2011 in the Stockade section of the city and offers customers burgers, pizza and sandwiches to accompany a solid brew. And now, its patio is open for you to try a cold one.

Great Flats Brewing
151 Lafayette St. #2052, Schenectady


This family-owned brewery, named after its main ingredient (Great Flats water), has been at it since 2017 on Lafayette Street. 

Great Flats offers the cinnamon-spiced Cinnectady Toast Crunch, the Great Folk sour pilsner and root beer with Riverside Maple Farms maple syrup among its 14 on-tap beverages.

The location is working on a reopening plan, but in the meantime, they’re hitting up farmers’ markets and offering some drinks to-go.

Frog Alley Brewing Co.
108 State St., Schenectady

Frog Alley, which opened in 2018, offers plenty of games for those who check out the taps. And currently, owners have opened their patio for those who want a break from staying indoors. 

From its Wheat Beer to the American Porter, Frog Alley’s taps always offer something special.

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Wolf Hollow Brewing Co.
6882 Amsterdam Road, Schenectady

With 16 items on tap and five cans at your disposal, Wolf Hollow is a great spot for giving something new a try.

If you’re looking for something rich and nutty, the Pulpit Supply Pub Ale has you covered. And if you want something a little more sweet, the Stephanie should do. Either way, Wolf Hollow is open, with a patio and picnic seating for you and your thirsty buddies.

On the road

SingleCut North and Side Stage Tap Room
North Side Entrance, 6 Fairchild Square, Clifton Park

SingleCut, which prides itself on avoiding imitation, with some of the wackiest brew names you’ve ever heard, from the Eric More Cowbell! Chocolate Milk Stout Nitro to the Heavy Boots Of Lead Imperial Stout. 

Still, its location in Clifton Park has an open taproom and is always ready for delivery.

Brown’s Brewing Co.
417 River St., Troy

In its bustling Troy taproom, Brown’s offers popular IPAs such as Joann and Carla, malt forwards like Cherry Razz and Maple Brown Ale, and lagers like the Track Suit Pils. 

With a food and beer deck open for service, there’s no better way to enjoy Troy. 

C.H. Evans Brewing Co.
19 Quackenbush Square, Albany

While this popular 518 brewer is only open for takeout right now, it still has a pretty stacked menu.

Among its many popular beers, C.H. Evans offers a Kissed by Smoker German-style lager, a Pillow Business New England IPA and a coffee-chocolate combo of Kick Ass Brown.

On Tuesdays, all crowlers for takeout or delivery are just $6. 

The Real McCoy Beer Co.
20 Hallwood Road, Delmar

Established in 2015, the Real McCoy Beer Co. boasts that 20 percent of its ingredients are grown in New York state and prides itself on being “unpretentious.” 

Its light and hoppy selection ranges from the basic Kenwood Pale Ale to the Hop Jet Pack IPA, while it’s dark and malty selection includes the evenly balanced 058 ESB. The spot currently offers some scenic outdoor seating, so don’t forget to give this brewery a sip. 

Artisanal Brew Works
41 Geyser Road, Saratoga Springs

If the Totes McGoates White Chocolate Cookie Stout or a Warheads-tasting beer don’t float your boat, you’re probably sinking.

This Saratoga brewery offers plenty of fun brews and seasonal sips perfect for a beer-run road trip with the crew. And it opened its massive outdoor space in June, with enough square footage to socially distance with the gang.

West Kill Brewing
2173 Spruceton Road, West Kill

Over in the Catskills, located on a 127-acre dairy farm, sits West Kill Brewing, a spot best known for its locally grown ingredients.

Now open outside on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-7 p.m., West Kill boasts its own maple sap, honey and cherries when bringing its flavors together. 

Sloop Brewing Co.
755 East Drive, Suite 106, Hopewell Junction

For a bite to eat in Elizaville, on top of some unique craft beers, you can’t go wrong at Sloop. The Columbia County location is best known for its flagship Juice Bomb IPA, which the Sloop site describes as having a “tropical aroma followed by a resiny and balanced flavor.” Other selections are released fairly regularly, and the location’s outdoor seating at its factory restaurant opened in late June, so enjoy some fresh air while you’re at it.

Paradox Brewery
2781 Route 9, North Hudson

With an outdoor tasting room open Thursday to Sunday, this independent brewery founded in 2011 is home to cans of everything from the crispy Cryo Wars to some classic German-style Hefeweizen.

Swing by for the location’s newly completed outdoor pavilion and a pretty view of the mountains.

 

Common Roots Brewing Co.
30 Saratoga Ave., South Glens Falls

Sure, this location is only available for to-go, pickup and delivery as of this writing, but you wouldn’t want to skip it. 

Common Roots offers a variety of beer, from their Ultra Modern American APA to the limited edition Farmhouse Pale Ale. And the family-run facility has been going strong since opening their taproom in 2014, so you know you’re getting a solid product on the run. 

Adirondack Brewery
33 Canada St., Lake George

Over in Lake George, Adirondack Brewery is now open Wednesday to Sunday for takeout and dining. Outside of specials like the Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich and ADK Gumbo, Adirondack Brewery still knows what it’s here for: beer. 

The hot spot offers a strong selection of 16-ounce beverages, like the Dirty Pale Ale, Bear Naked Ale and Tangerine Dream, on top of a selection of wine and cocktails. 

Northway Brewing Co.
1043 Route 9, Queensbury 

With a 50-barrel brew system, a 3.5-barrel pilot system and a bottling and canning line, Northway’s 3,000-square-foot taproom is open for business Thursday to Sunday. 

Built on the site of an old movie theater, Northway offers everything from juicy and hazy (Sunrise Session IPA) to a raspberry lemonade mix (Raspberry Shandy). 

Big Slide Brewery and Public House
5686 Cascade Road, Lake Placid

Now open for outdoor dining, Big Slide Brewery offers a regularly revolving variety of beers on tap (10 at a time), and some cocktails and wines to top it off. Notable brews include the Chili Pepper Pale Ale and the Brett Biere de Garde.

The location opened in 2016 and has its own fermentation room, which owners proudly call The Funk Room.

When it’s safe to step indoors again, you don’t want to miss the funk.

Lake Placid Pub and Brewery
813 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid

Under the same ownership as neighboring Big Slide, Lake Placid is also open for some outdoor dining in its beer garden.


The location features everything from crowlers like the Maple Porter to cocktails like a Cucumber Lemonade — complete with gin and cucumber syrup. Lake Placid Pub is certainly worthy of sharing its name with the adventurous town.

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Out of state

Long Trail Brewing Co.
5520 Route 4, Bridgewater Corners, Vermont

The location itself may not be open yet, but Long Trail is happily taking to-go orders for you to enjoy some brewskis at the end of your road trip.

Long Trail, in business since 1989, offers some of the freshest flavors on the market — and some of the most wild names. There’s nothing quite like a taste of the limited edition Funk Machine to complete your beer run.

Madison Brewing Co.
428 Main St., Bennington, Vermont

In the 1990s, the Madison family quenched its thirst for decades to come when it converted an old storefront into Bennington’s first brewpub.

Now, Madison Brewing Co. is home to at least 14 signature brews, including Sucker Pond Blonde and Bennington Blue Blueberry Wheat. The iconic Vermont location is open for takeout and dining in, so you won’t want to miss it.

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