Brown's Ales & Lagers

The Taproom at Brown’s Brewing Company features over a dozen dependably fresh ales and lagers on draught on any given day. Appropriately and simply named after their styles, our hand-crafted Standards are renowned for their freshness, character and taste.

Tomhannock Pilsner

To honor the water source from which all Brown's Ales & Lagers are made , the Tomhannock Reservoir. Brewed in the traditional style that originated in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, our Pils is brewed using Saaz Hops (for bittering and finishing during lagering for aroma). Pilsner Malts, and a yeast strain that is used to ferment some of the finest Pilsners in the world combined with the Pilsen - like soft water of Troy's Tomhannock Reservoir. A portion of each pint goes to the Rensselaer Land Trust, to strengthen their watershed education programs.
Malts: Pilsen & Carapils Hops: Saaz 4.75% a.b.v.

Hefeweizen

Certainly one of our favorites, this unfiltered wheat ale is crafted with an abundance of wheat malt, 2-row brewer's malt, whole hops and a classic Weihenstephan Hefeweizen ale yeast. Straw-colored, immensely refreshing, hazy and bursting with ester flavor our wheat beer has delighted our regulars for years and is true to its Bavarian heritage – even though we don’t typically serve it with breakfast like they do in Germany.
Malts: Domestic Pilsner & White Wheat Hops: Mt. Hood 5.0% a.b.v.

India Pale Ale

Our I.P.A. pours an amber gold with a distinctively rich flavor, significant hop aroma and soft, white and creamy head. We blend two-row pale, caramel and Carapils malts with the finest quality, Chinook, Cascade, Summit, Fuggle and Crystal hops to brew our complex and very tasty version of India Pale Ale.
Malts: Domestic Two Row Pale, Caramel & Carapils Hops: Chinook, Cascade, Summit, Crystal & Fuggle 6.5% a.b.v.

Pale Ale

Wonderfully drinkable, our Pale Ale’s firm malt foundation is brightened with liberal amounts of Chinook bittering hops and a special blend of Mt. Hood and Cascade finishing hops. Deep amber in color, aromatic, rich and complex, this award-winning example of an American Pale Ale has been one of our most popular ales for the past decade.
Malts: Domestic Two Row Pale, White Wheat & Caramel Hops: Chinook, Mt. Hood & Cascade 5.5% a.b.v.

Cherry Raspberry Ale

We combine buckets of juicy whole, crushed cherries and raspberries with a strong amber ale to craft this unique, complex and revered taste. Mild whole hop zest and fresh-fruit tartness perfectly balance this ale’s big malt character.
Malts: Domestic Two Row Pale, Caramel, Wheat & Carapils Fruit: Whole Crushed Sour cherries & Raspberries Hops: Mt. Hood 6.5% a.b.v.

Brown Ale

The finest domestic pale and roasted malts, soft hop accents and lots of care give our Brown ale great taste, medium body and lots of devoted fans. Mild, slightly sweet with a chocolate aroma, our Brown Ale is a great companion to any of our Taproom dishes.
Malts: Domestic Two Row Pale & Caramel Hops: Mt. Hood 5.0% a.b.v.

Imperial Stout

Dark, rich, intense and complex, our Imperial Stout is a force to be respected and savored. Originally brewed in Britain for export to Russia – and said to have been favored by Catherine the Great – Imperial Stout warms with a huge malt character. Each batch of this, our biggest “standard” beer, boasts over 2,000 pounds of malt and massive amounts of domestic whole hops.
Malts: Domestic Two Row Pale, Chocolate, Black Malt, Black Barley, and Brown Sugar Hops: Chinook 10.2% a.b.v.

Oatmeal Stout

According to the Association of Brewers, the world’s finest Oatmeal Stout is brewed in Troy, NY by Brown’s Brewing Company. Brown’s Oatmeal Stout took home a Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup held in San Diego, April 2004 – perhaps the most prestigious beer judging event in the world.
Malts: Two Row Pale, Black, Chocolate, Flaked Rolled Oats, Caramel Hops: Willamette 5.25% a.b.v.

Porter

Robust, intense and smooth, Brown’s Porter is confident and distinct. With a moderate roasted malt aroma, mild caramel and subtle chocolate flavor and light hop finish, Brown’s Porter is exceptionally soothing. Less roasty and full bodied than a Stout and more complex and rich than a Brown Ale, Brown’s Porter is among the finest examples of this English style ale you’ll find anywhere.
Malts: Domestic Two Row Pale, Caramel & Chocolate Hops: Willamette 5.75% a.b.v.

Irish Amber Ale

Our traditional seasonal Amber Ale brewed in honor of La Le Padraig - St. Patrick's Day. Medium bodied and malty with moderate hoppiness. A very smooth session ale. "Pionta Brown's Amber, le do thoil!"
Malts: Domestic Two Row Pale & Caramel Hops: Willamette 5.25% a.b.v.

Harvest IPA

This much coveted rare release features 100% freshly harvested New York State grown hops. Robust and amber in color with a creamy head, Brown's Harvest I.P.A. is noted for its intense floral aroma and strong hop character that results from wet hop brewing. Wet hop brewing is necessary as the fresh hops picked no less than a day before the brew would spoil if not used immediately, unlike the the dried hops that we use each day. Malts: Pale, 2 Row Brewer's and Caramel Hop: New York State grown Mt. Hood and Willamette.
6.5% a.b.v.

Oktoberfest

Amber mahogany in color, our traditional Maerzen style lager gets its toasty and nutty flavor from generous amounts of Caramel Munich malt. Our Oktoberfest’s slight sweetness is nicely balanced by a note of subtle Saaz hops. Malts: Caramel Munich 60L, Bonlander Munich, Munich 20L & Pilsner Hops: Saaz
5.5% a.b.v.

Pumpkin Ale

Brewed once a year from locally grown pie pumpkins harvested at Moses Farm in Eagle Bridge, NY, this sturdy ale truly satisfies all the senses. It pours a lovely mahogany-bronze color with just a hint of orange that is complemented by a rich, warm aroma not unlike fresh baked pumpkin pie. Munich malt provides the perfect balance to the sweet pumpkin and spice flavors, giving it rich malty-sweet flavor that finishes dry and clean.
Malts: Munich Caramel Malt, Munich Base Malt, Wheat, Two Row Brewer's. Hops: Mt. Hood 7.0% a.b.v.

Rauchbier

Munich malts and beech wood unite to create our Rauchbier, a traditionally German Marzen-style lager that is unique in its orange-brown color and forward, smoky flavor. Peter Martin smokes the malted grain for two days over wet beech wood that originates at Garry and Kelly Brown’s farm, a process that gives the beer a smooth and mild smoky flavor while maintaining a slight sweetness, medium body, and clean finish.
Pilsen, Munich, Munich 20L, Munich 60L, Caramel 80L, Wheat. Hops: Saaz 5.6% a.b.v.

Dunkelweizen

A traditional style beer originating from southern Germany. Our Dunkelweizen is an unfiltered wheat beer with a golden bronze color and medium body. The Weihenstephen Weizen ale yeast used provides this Dunkelweizen both a complex wheat beer sharpness and luscious, malty sweetness. It's clove-tinged fruitiness along with a hint of chocolate malt renders this a superb beer.
Malts: Wheat, Pilsen, Bonlander Munich, Caramel, Chocolate & Carapils Hops: German Select 5.0% a.b.v.

Dunder & Blixem Strong Ale

Brown’s Dunder & Blixem Strong Ale is a wonderfully full and festive winter warmer brewed just for the holiday season. Pouring mahogany-red, Dunder & Blixem is rich and subtly roasty with notes of toffee, raisin and holiday spice with a delightful piney and herbal hop balance. Brewed in honor of Clement Clarke Moore’s “A Visit From St. Nicholas” which was first published in the Troy, NY Sentinel on December 23, 1823. More popularly known as “Twas the Night Before Christmas” the tale originally featured reindeer “Dunder” and “Blixem” (Dutch for Thunder and Lightening) before later tellings of the fable spoke of Donner and Blitzen.
Malts: Two Row Pale, Caramel, Victory, Chocolate, Molasses & Corn Hops: Willamette & Goldings Spices: Ginger, Corriander & Star Anise 8.5% a.b.v.

Belgian Strong Ale

Golden in color with an effervescent thick, white creamy head, our Belgian Strong Ale is complex and powerful at 11.5% abv. A fruity pineapple and banana flavor with a faint clove aroma is pleasantly dominant from the Belgian yeast strain that we brew this style with.
Malts: Two Row Pale, Pilsen & Flaked Wheat Hops: Saaz 11.5% a.b.v.

American Wheat Ale

Brown’s American Wheat Ale is the easy drinking Amercian cousin to our Bavarian style Hefeweizen. Brewed for the summer with our American ale yeast, American Wheat Ale is crafted with an abundance of light wheat and Pilsner malts and whole Summit hops. Straw-colored, immensely refreshing and slightly fruity with a creamy head, our American Wheat Ale is perfect for afternoons on the deck, at the lake or around the campfire.
Malts: Domestic Pilsner & White Wheat Hops: Summit 5.0% a.b.v.

Maple Brown Ale

A Spring seasonal favorite. Our mild and smooth Brown Ale brewed with 100% New York State Maple Syrup. Soft, soothing and pleasantly sweet, our Maple Brown is a lovely companion to cool Spring nights on the deck.
Malts: Domestic Two Row Pale & Caramel Hops: Mt. Hood 5.0% a.b.v.

Belgian Blonde Ale

Our Belgian Blonde Ale is pale in color with a high ester profile in the nose, light to medium body with a marked Belgian character and a clean finish. Belgian Blonde gets it's unique flavor from a strain of Belgian yeast which produces pepper, clove and banana notes and a slight earthy character.
Malts: Pilsen, Caramel 20 L, Flaked Wheat, Belgian Candi Sugar Hops: Saaz 5.0% a.b.v.

Extra Special Bitter

We craft our ESB – or Extra Special Bitter – to be a deliciously sturdy ale that’s dead-on true to its English heritage. Full-bodied, with a classic toasty malt palate throughout, our ESB finishes fresh and hoppy. Carbonated lightly, and poured via a slow pour tap, Brown’s ESB is an outstanding example of one of Britain ’s finest gifts to civilization.
Malts: Two Row Pale & Caramel Hops: Bullion & Kent Goldings 5.5% a.b.v.

Dry Irish Stout

An annual seasonal for us every March. The unmalted roasted barley used in our Dry Irish Stout presents a pronounced malt character while maintaining a drinkable light body and a soothing smooth and creamy texture. Rich in color, this beer pours deep dark brown to nearly black with a slight carbonation and flavor that finishes clean and dry.
Malts: Unmalted Black Barley, Flaked Barley, Two Row Brewer's Hops: Willamette 4.2% a.b.v.

Maibock

Traditional Bavarian lager that's golden straw with hints of deep orange, white head. Floral and slightly bready with a light caramel sweetness and a balanced hop bitterness. Full bodied but finishes quite clean and balanced.
Malts: Pilsen, Munich, Carapils Hops: Mt. Hood 7.0% a.b.v.

Cream Ale

Brown’s Cream Ale is light bodied and smooth with the refreshing subtle zip of a Cascade hop and slightly sweet finish. Brown’s Cream Ale gets it’s “creamy” profile from colder fermentation temperatures, flaked maize in the mash bill and a final Krauesening with Pilsner.
Malts: Two Row Brewers Barley & Flaked Maize Hops: Cascade 5.25% a.b.v.

Black Lager

Our tribute to the German Schwarzbier (Black Beer) style. Very dark brown in color with underlying roasted malt and chocolate notes with a subtle hop character. Despite its dark appearance, Brown’s Black Lager is deceptively very clean, light bodied and easy drinking.
Malts: Pilsen, Bonlander Munich, Munich 20L, Munich 60L, Black Barley & Chocolate Hops: Mt. Hood & Saaz 5.0% a.b.v.

English Pale Ale

Brown's English Pale is not simply the sum of its ingredients. Rather than being simply malt or hop-forward, it offers a delicate balance of fruity yeast, bready and toffee-like malt sweetness, earthy and floral hop flavor, all rounded out by a subtle "mineral-ly" water base. As a Pale Ale, the hops play a large role, and thus it is both present in the bitterness (Fuggle hops), as well as in the flavor and aroma through dry hopping. Medium bodied and garnet in color, this beer pairs very well with fish and chips, and fruity deserts.
Malts: Two Row Pale & Caramel Hops: Fuggle 5.25% a.b.v. </