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Cream Ale Wins Gold at 2014 TAP NY

Brown's Cream Ale won the Gold Medal for Best Beer in the Hudson Valley at the 2014 TAP New York Craft Beer & Fine Food Festival in Hunter Mountain on April 27. The competition was stiff, but the Cream rose to the top. Brown's Brewing Company President and Founder Garry Brown celebrates here with Brown's Taproom Barkeep Eric Bentley at the festival's awards ceremony.

Craft New York Brew Fest/Albany - March 22

Join us for the first Craft New York Brew Fest of 2014 at the Desmond Hotel on March 22. The event will showcase new and award-winning breweries from throughout New York State (including some who have just recently won medals at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival)! Plus, food pairings from a collective group of local restaurants, as well as live music from The Black Mountain Symphony.This is a fundraising event for the New York State Brewers Association - all proceeds will be donated to the Association to help promote New York State Beer. Only New York State brewe...

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Brawl in The Hall! Brown's Takes on Brooklyn March 20th

In this corner, from Troy and Hoosick Falls, New York - Brown's Brewing Company! And in the other corner, hailing from Brooklyn, New York - Brooklyn Brewery.Much like the Thrilla in Manila, it will be a knock down drag out fight ... only in this battle the last keg standing loses!Herr Angus Van Beusicheim of City Beer Hall, will be the Ring Announcer & MC for the main event.BOUT DETAILS· Browns Brewery of Troy NY vs Brooklyn Brewery (North vs South)...

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Flood Road's Rhythm on the River Americana Music Fest 3/15/14

Capitaland's Flood Road Band is pleased to announce the 1st Annual Rhythm on the River Americana Music Fest (ROTR AMF)on Saturday, March 15 in Revolution Hall. Flood Road promises a full day of music entertainment in Rev Hall, with additional performers in the Brown's Brewery taproom. ROTR AMF is Just in time for St. Patty's Day weekend, so make a plan to join us for a great weekend. Tickets are $5 at the door. Cash bar and food.Band Line Up1:00- 2:00PM Ray Murray & The Bomb Squad2:20- 3:20PM The Nellies...

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4th Annual Firehouse Chili Cookoff Raises Over $3,500 for Firefighter's Charities.

The 4th Annual Firehouse Chili Cookoff successfully raised $3,670 for the Fireman's Home and the Burn Center on Saturday, February 15. The event was held in our Revolution Hall and was a friendly culinary competition among the area's finest firehouse chili chefs. This year's winners of the juried taste competition were:- West Sand Lake- Defreestville- WatervlietThe winner of the popular vote People's Choice Award was Schenectady City Fire who also won the coveted "Sluppy Puppy" award for best decorated serving station.

Festival of Manliness Raises Nearly $3K to Battle Prostate Cancer

Brown's 3rd Annual Festival of Manliness successfully met its goal to raise funds for 'Pints for Prostates". The event was held in Revolution Hall on Sunday, January 19 and featured a beer paired wild game supper while the AFC and NFC championships played out on the Hall's big screen. Habana Premium Cigar Shoppe was on hand selling cigars for guests to enjoy after the game. Habana donated the $550 proceeds of their cigar sales to Pints for Prostates.Special thanks to the sponsors that donated prizes for this year's "Manly Raffle" which raised an additional $2,400 for...

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Brewer Dan Cramer Wins MBAA Scholarship

Brown's Brewing Company Brewer Dan Cramer recently won a scholarship from the prestigious Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA) for a course in Brewing & Malting Science. The comprehensive course is an intensive exploration of the technical side of the brewing and malting processes. Cramer was the only candidate selected out of a national pool of applicants. His demonstration of aptitude, dedication and self motivated growth in craft brewing uniquely qualified Dan for this honor. We're proud of Dan's devotion to Brown's as well as his professional growth ...

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3rd Annual Firehouse Chili Cook Off Raises Over $5K for Charity

The 3rd Annual Firehouse Chili Cook Off was a huge success, raising $5,500 for the Burn Center and The Fireman's Home, two fine charitable organizations that care for our finest and bravest first responders in their time of need.This was the biggest and best year to date with firehouses from Amsterdam, Boght Community, Clifton Park, Colonie Village, DeFreestville, Eagle Mills, East Greenbush, Elsmere, Menands, Pittstown, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Speigletown, Troy, Verdoy, Watervliet and Wynanntskill participating.In the People's Choice tas...

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Hoppy Days are Here Again.

Region's craft beer purveyors enjoy a boom in demand for their creative alternatives to mass-market beersBy Scott Gargan, Times Union - Wednesday, January 16, 2013Ever since Brown's Brewing Co. opened its doors on River Street in Troy two decades ago, the beer — like the lines of customers — hasn't stopped flowing.Demand for the company's stouts, porters and pale ales has grown so much that last year owners Garry and Kelly Brown made plans to open a $2.5 million craft brewery in a c...

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Where there's smoke, there's beer.

Brewers Dan Cramer and David Wright inspect Bonlander and Pilsen malts being smoked in Hoosick this past weekend. The malts were smoked to make our next batch of Rauchbier, a traditional German Marzen-style smoked lager. Look for it on draught in the Taproom February 2nd.

Cool Job: Brewer at Brown's

Cool story about Cool Jobs in the Times Union. Very Nice profile of Senior Brewer Chad Wysocki. Chad Wysocki has been making beer for Brown's Brewing Co. in Troy for two years. He is 26 years old and is the senior brewer at the company, which turns out about 2,800 barrels of beer a year. Brown's will soon have a new production facility in Hoosick that will take that total to 20,000 barrels.For the full story, go to: http://www.timesunion.com/business/article/COOL-JOBS-3798318.php#ixzz2401JS5IY

Brown’s Ranked Largest Brewpub in New York State in 2011

Brown’s Brewing Company became the largest brewpub in New York State in 2011 according the Brewer’s Association’s New Brewer Annual Industry Review. With 2,650 barrels of beer brewed in 2011, Brown’s also ranked as the 5th largest brewpub in the Northeast and the 25th largest in the United States. Brown’s was ranked as the 33rd largest brewpub in the country in 2010. The 2,650 barrel mark represented a 13% increase from the previous year which outpaced the brewpub segment’s growth of 5.6%. In 2011, the craft brewing category also grew by 13% while the overall U.S. beer industry, whi...

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Urban Roots Film Screening & Beer Paired Tasting of Local Cheeses, Meats & Sweets: April 21 in Rev Hall.

Photos of the night just released in our Gallery titled Urban RootsLOCAL FOOD & BEER PAIRED TASTING: 6PMA very special pairing of Brown’s Ales & Lagers with local cheeses, meats and sweets provided by Adventure in Food Trading, The Placid Baker, Honest Weight Food Co-op and R&G Cheese Makers. URBAN ROOTS FILM: 8PMThe story of emerging urban farming in Detroit. Devastated by the collapse of its manufacturing base, dedicated ...

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Metroland's 2012 Best Brewpub & Outdoor Dining

Thank you Metroland readers for voting Brown's Best Brewpub and Best Outdoor Dining in this year's Reader Poll! Here's what they said: Brown’s sure is doing something right with the brew (and the food and the vibe); the place is frequently packed, and it won by a wide margin in a category that received heavy voting." Check out all the results at "http://www.metroland.net

Festival of Manliness

The Festival of Manliness Wild Game Beer Supper on Sunday, January 22 was a huge success! A bold and manly crowd enjoyed a phenomenal evening of wild game and great games. The Patriots and the Giants triumphed on the big screen while Chef Luca and team served up an incredible supper of smoked quail, ostrich, kangaroo and wild boar. More importantly, the event raised over $3,000 for "Pints for Prostates" a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of prostate cancer among men.To hear...

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Van Rensselaer Award

The Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce honored Garrett and Kelly Brown with the prestigious Van Rensselaer Award,recognizing business leaders that are making a difference in the community where they live and run their business. In his speech Brown's President, Garrett spoke of company's growth, it's commitment to the Rensselaer Land Trust which strives to protect the water sheds and land of Rensselaer County. Brown also recognized Brown's key management team and planned expansion of a production Brewery in North Hoosick, NY. Guests were able to sample Brown's Harvest IPA which is a seasonal beer that includes hops grown on the Brown family farm in Rensselaer County.

Hop Harvest Time!

Yes, If you were in West Hoosick recently you weren't imagining seeing a Willys MB 1945 Jeep heading down the road loaded up with lovely hop plants.Brown's & Groveside Naturals combined hops for this years hop harvest. Roughly 100lbs. of NYS local hops goes into our Harvest IPA, due to be on tap mid September. A BIG thanks as always goes out to our friends Kristee and Tom from Groveside Naturals - they host an amazing feast at their spectacular farm and make the hop picking a delight.Check out more hop harvest pictures in our gallery.

Beer Circle

Cheers to the Women of Brown's!(pic. above left to right, Erin and Amanda)Amanda Gresens and Erin Lockhart joined forces to present Brown's Beer Circle - a fabulous evening dedicated to Women and Beer. Erin, our brewery intern, toured thirty guests through the brewhouse explaining our brewing process along the way. Amanda, our marketing manager, presented an overview of the history of Women and Beer that included a sampling of seven of Brown's beer styles. A night to truly celebrate women -along with delicious beers, savory cheeses by local women cheesemakers were enjoyed.

St. Pat's Celebration

Thank You all for helping us celebrate one of our favorite holidays. Senator Roy McDonald joined in the festivities of the day along with Pastor Ed Marcelle from Terra Nova Church, offering a blessing of our bar. It wouldn't be complete without our friends, Iain and Jeff from Schenectady Pipe Band and Hair of the Dog band. Most of all Brown's wouldn't be the same if it wasn't for all of you - our friends and family whom we are blessed to serve. More snapshots from the day in our Gallery.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer Tours Brown's

Senator Charles Schumer toured Brown's Brewing Co. Tuesday, February 22 , in support of a bill that would lower existing taxes for small brewers. Known as the BEER Act or Brewers Excise and Economic Relief it would cut federal excise tax to $3.50 per barrel from $7.00 per barrel for the first 60,000 barrels brewed annually. Great news for Garry Brown, Brown's Co. President. Brown is working on rehabilitating a factory building on the Walloomsac River in North Hoosick which will house a new larger brewing facility. Production will increase and twenty some new employees will be hired to join...

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To Market... To Market....

To Market, to Market to Buy a Brown's Beer, Home again Home again, isn't Life Dear.Yes, We are part of Troy's Wonderful Farmers Market. Every Saturday from 9am to 1pm you can visit us at the Atrium and pick up your favorite varieties of Brown's Brews. Also for sale are sturdy custom totes with our logo to make the haul home a cinch. Stop by to say hello - Amanda, Gregg, Nancy, Jenn and Kelly are the cast of characters you are likely to run into at the Brown's Farmers Market Table.

Chowderfest 2010

chow-der \ˈchau̇-dər\ n. a thick soup made variously, but usually containing onions, potatoes and salt pork, sometimes, corn, tomatoes, or other vegetables. We loves some chowder here in the mighty Collar City and have made the Troy Chowderfest an annual right of passage for the season. Along the mighty Hudson River thousands of hungry folks participated in Troy's annual Chowderfest, Saturday, October 16th. Resident Soup Buddah, Troy Barrington wowed us with two delectable additions, "Curry Chicken & Crawfish" and "Porter Sausage & Cheddar."...

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2010 Oktoberfest

It was a HUGE Party... under the BIG tent! In the sunshine hundreds attended our third annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 9th. Brown's Brewing donated 100% of Oktoberfest beer sales to the Rennselear Land Trust (RLT) in support of the RLT's outstanding work and awareness for the county's watershed protection. Brown's executive Chef, Paul Minbiole delivered the German Feast in style ; Potato pancakes, Bean & Bacon Soup, Bier Pretzels and grilled sausages with cabbage and whole grain mustards. Brown's Head Brewer, Peter Martin will certainly be busy catching ...

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West Hoosick Hop Harvest

We celebrated the first annual Hoosick Hop Harvest at the Brown Family Farm on Sunday, August 29th. Thanks to friends, neighbors and family for all your help in the pickin' of over 50lbs of fresh hops on a hot, hot, summer day. 2010 Harvest I.P.A. will be on draught Tuesday, August 31 in the Taproom! This much coveted rare release features 100% locally grown hops from our hop farm in Hoosick Falls and from Groveside Naturals Farm in Pittstown. Get it while you can - only two half batches brewed this year!Visit our Gallery for more photos of the Harvest.

Hop Harvest 2010

A good Pickin' day for "Hop Pickers Local 518" @ Groveside Naturals. Five years strong our Hosts, Kristi and Tom Riley provided the abundance of hops that in two weeks time will become our favorite "Harvest IPA."

SAVOR 2010

Brown's Brewing Co. took to the road Saturday, June 5th to participate in SAVOR, an American Craft Beer & Food Experience. The sold out crowd of 2,000 beer enthusiasts packed the grand National Building Museum in Washngton, DC.Fun Facts about this year's SAVOR : 420 cases of American Craft Beer were on hand. That number equates to about 10,000 bottles of beer. Ice = 4,000 lbs. (it was a hot, muggy night in DC). The event sold out in 2 hours (2,000 lucky attendees).Brown's Barrel Aged Whiskey Porter & Oatmeal Stout was consumed and loved by the masses.

Lá 'le Pádraig 2010

Thanks to all that helped us celebrate, Lá 'le Pádraig 2010, this year's celebration of St. Patrick's Day. THE ANNUAL BLESSING ’O THE BAR led by the inspirational and intriguing Pastor Ed Marcelle from the Terra Nova Church along with a procession by Bagpipers, Iian and Jeff from the Schenectady Pipe Band helped us kick off the party.Chef Paul fed the masses with a variety of Celtic tasties including Cream of Colcannon Soup, traditional Corned Beef & Cabbage, County Clare Lamb ...

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FAT Saturday For The Arts

A Benefit For The Arts Center Of The Capital Region GET FAT For the Arts ! Thanks to all who came and Partied with us to Benefit the Arts Center of the Capital Region.Laugh Drink Bid Dance Kiss Be HappyCaptain Squeeze & The Zydeco Moshers HooDooVooDoo AleART, ART, Beautiful ARTComing soon a 2010 GET FAT picture gallery

Hops In Hoosick...

A sneak peak at our Hop Field in Hoosick Falls, NY. Hop rhizomes (800 in all) were put in the good earth back in Spring 2008 when the world was in the midst of a critical Hop shortage. We've accomplished a lot this season, our brewers have established a poling and cable system that anchors the plants and protects from high winds. We were able to train the plants up on a special twine that contains a coconut husk facilitating an easy grab for these climbers. The three varieties of Hops planted are Cascade, Willamette and Chinook. Harve...

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Brown's Goes to Washington DC....

We were honored to be a part of the second annual SAVOR Craft Beer & Fine Food Festival, May 30th - Washington D.C. We loaded up the mini van and headed south for a spectacular weekend in D.C. Brown's was one of sixty eight independent American craft breweries to attend the Brewer's Association event - SAVOR. That beautiful building pictured above is the National Building Museum which held about two thousand attendees for the evening. Beers were paired with over thirty five culinary delights. Brown's Oatmeal Stout and ESB were a huge hit with the D.C. crowd.

2nd Annual Fat Saturday For The Arts

Brown's was glad to help the Art Center in celebrating the 2nd Annual Fat Saturday For The Arts! Some hightlights of the night- Brown'sVooDooHooDoo Ale, Captain Squeeze & the Zydeco Moshers, Awesomely talented Artists (silent auction table) donating beautiful things, Amy Williams (Art Center Pres. - you rock) plus everyone who helped (too many to name) and YOU for being a part of a great event and helping our neighbors at The Art Center of the Capital Region succeed.

Two Thumbs Up for OktoberFeast!

OktoberFEAST it was....Thanks to all our Club Brown's Friends who enjoyed a German Harvest Beer Dinner with us November 6th. Check out our gallery for more photos of the night and look for our 2009 Beer Dinner Series to be announced in January. Cheers!

OKTOBERFEST - Under The BIG TENT !

"You can't make great beer without a great water source and Troy's got the best," said Garry Brown at the kick off of Oktoberfest 2008. Cheers to all our friends including Troy's mayor Harry Tutunjian and County Legislator Kathy Jimino who were in attendance to support and recognize the Rensselaer Land Trust mission to protect the Rensselaer County water sources. Brown's Brewing Co. Taps were pouring with all of the beer proceeds from Oktoberfest going directly to the Rensselaer Land Trust. More photos from the day in our gallery section.To learn more about the Rensselaer Land Trust visit their website at www.rtlc.org

Brown's & Rensselaer Land Trust Featured on WAMC Roundtable

August 1st- WAMC's Roundtable hosted Garrett Brown, of Brown's and John Middlebrooks,Executive Director of Rensselaer Land Trust, to join in a discussion about the great Tomhannock Reservoir and how Brown's has been active in donating a portion of proceeds from the sale of our Tomhannock Pilsner to the Rensselaer Land Trust. Thanks again to our good friends at WAMC for having us on and to John Middlebrooks for spreading the word so eloquently about the mission of the Rensselaer Land Trust in helping preserve Rensselaer County's wat...

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Brown's Wins Top Honors @TAP NY

April 26th, 2008-Brown's brought home the silver- no, not just at the World Beer Cup but at TAP NY too! We had the honor of being awarded "Best Craft Beer Brewery in the Hudson Valley" and were presented with the prestigious Matthew Vassar Brewers Cup. The award is named in honor of the famous Hudson Valley brewer and philanthropist who is known in the Hudson Valley and beyond as an innovator in the art of brewing. Thanks to all our friends out there who came to TAP NY and celebrated with us and all the other top notch brewers in New York State. Check out more photos from TAP NY in our gallery. "CHEERS!"

Brown's Whiskey Porter wins Silver at World Beer Cup!

The Brewers Association just released the World Beer Cup 2008 Winners and Brown's took home the Silver in Wood and Barrel aged Beer. For those of you not familiar with the World Beer Cup it is the "Olympics" of the Beer Judging World. Brewer Peter Martin says of the award, "It is a honor to have Brown's Whiskey Porter recognized in this way." Brown's Oatmeal Stout took the Gold home in the World Beer Cup 2004 competition.

Troy brewer opens own bottling operation

Albany Business Review Reports on Our New Toys By Michael DeMasi The Business Review Excerpts from the Article: There was a lot of broken glass on the floor when Garrett Brown fired up his new beer-bottling machine in Troy earlier this month. But that's understandable. It was the first time the brewpub owner and his head brewer, Peter Martin, pushed the buttons on the machine in the basement of Brown's Brewing Co. "We're very much a hands-on group of brewer's,"Brown said. "You put in a foreign piece of equipment and we're all thumbs." Fourteen years after opening a brewpub and restaurant inside a renovated warehouse on the banks of the Hudson River,