The Historical Brewery Tour of Albany

Tour curated by: Ryan Scarpelli

The Historical Brewery Tour of Albany takes participants on a scenic walk through the city of Albany, from Hudson Park to the glistening Hudson River, and introduces some of the rich local brewing history along the way. The tour, which is 1.4 miles in length and takes 28 minutes to trek, is perfect for any local residents, beer enthusiasts, or anyone who wishes to learn an interesting side of Albany history.

Each stop on the tour introduces a new location which heavily impacted the history, culture, and/or industry of ale and lager production in the state’s capital. By the end of the tour, participants will have a better understanding of how brewing started in Albany, how Albany became the biggest exporter of beer in the United States, and how prohibition affected the area.

Locations for Tour

The first stop on our historical tour is The Amsdell Brothers Brewing & Malting Company. IT was one of the most prominent breweries within the city of Albany during the mid-to-late 1800s. A man named William Amsdell learned the tools of the…

Fittingly, our second stop on the tour is The John S. Dobler Brewing Company, which was founded in 1865. As aforementioned during our last stop, Theodore Amsdell (of Amsdell Brothers Brewing & Malting Company) bought-in to this company in the…

Our third stop on this tour is also our most historically in-tact: The Hinckel Brewery. In 1852, businessmen Frederick Hinckel and A. Schimerer founded the Cataract Brewery on Park Avenue. By 1864, Hinckel would buy out his partner and rename the…

In 1796, a man of Scottish descent by the name of James Boyd opened a brewery on South Ferry Street in Albany, New York. The “Arch Street Brewery”, as it was originally named, holds the honor of being the first modern brewery to open its doors…

Our fifth and final stop on this walking tour is also decidedly the most historically significant. In fact, the history of brewing in Albany, New York is absolutely incomplete without mentioning the great pioneer John Taylor. Taylor, a talented local…