Albany Brew Tour

Tour curated by: James Graff

I live in PA a few minutes’ drive from Yuengling Brewery, the oldest brewery in America. They survived prohibition by being creative and adapting to the situation. During prohibition they used their refrigeration, previously used to make their Lager, to make ice cream. They were also allowed to continue the production of their Porter due to its high alcohol content. This was because they were able to sell it to pharmacies and people could receive a prescription for the porter. How awesome would it be to go to the doctor and be prescribed a six pack? This got me thinking about how if any breweries survived prohibition in this area. Turns out that Albany was one of the biggest names in Brewing back in the day. Three of these breweries were able to do the unthinkable and survive the prohibition much like Yuengling. Some used creative means, others shut down entirely and started back up after the end of prohibition. It’s amazing to me that these companies were able to be so creative in figuring out a way to adapt and survive. Any brewery that didn’t produce lager beer before prohibition was without even a chance of staying afloat. I’m sure many avid beer drinkers, not to be confused with those who just drink your everyday beer like Bud or Coors, thy can only imagine what Albany’s beer scene used to be.

Locations for Tour

The Albany Pump station is the home of C.H Evans Brewing Company in Albany, NY. What is really cool about C.H Evans Brewing Company is their family history. The Evan’s have been in the brewing industry for three generations beginning in 1786. The…

Hedrick Brewing company was one of the top breweries in Albany during the 1800’s the mid 1900’s (after prohibition). It was one of the only three breweries creative enough to survive through prohibition, although still couldn’t survive through…

Dobler Brewing Co is one of the few breweries that survived through prohibition. After opening in 1865 it became one of Albany’s top breweries. It was located Myrtle around the corner from the Park Ave/South Swan St intersection. It was knocked…

Druthers Brewing Company is a very new brewery, opening its doors in 2012 in Saratoga, NY. Clearly it was doing well because they decided to open up a second brewery in Albany, in May of 2015. Their Albany location is an 18,000 square foot building…

Beverwyck Brewery was located in downtown Albany on North Ferry Street. The brewery produced beer from 1878 until prohibition went into effect. After prohibition ended in 1933, Beverwyck opened back up for brewing. It opened back up with six…