March 20, 2017

Craft + Draft – March 30, 2017

We are thrilled to partner with local company Collar City Candle to bring you Craft + Draft at Brown’s Malt Room! In this fun, laid back workshop the friendly folks from Collar City Candle will help you design and create a one-of-a-kind candle to take home. The process is fairly quick so feel free to come at any time after 5 pm. The Malt Room will be open exclusively for this event. Purchase your ticket in advance online. Hurry, this event is sure to fill up quickly!
March 10, 2017

UPDATE – 3/10/17

The brewing community is rich; a family full of mutual respect and hearty cheer. We love sharing each other's beers and brewing methods, and on occasion, we are able to brew with each other. Recently the talented brewers from Railhead Brewing Company in Hornell, NY made their way east to our Troy pilot brewery and together we brewed a gorgeous saison called Finer Things. On draught now in both Troy and Walloomsac taprooms.

Finer Things features tropical citrus notes from our proprietary yeast blend balanced by the subtle black tea and fruit vibes from the Idaho 7 hops, all rounded out by a healthy addition of Western New York honey, leaving a subtle floral complexity in your glass.

Brothers Lee and Duncan MacCrea of Troy and Walloomsac brew teams respectively drove this collaboration with Railhead because they grew up one town over from Hornell in Alfred.  It's a New York State wide and family collaboration. Finer Things pairs well with most of our menu, but goes excellent with spicy wings, burgers and steaks. Cheers to brewing.
February 27, 2017

Update (a big one!) – 2/27/17

Since 1993, Brown's Brewing Company has crafted its own revolution, and this year (our 24th!) we are realizing a dream we've been working hard to achieve. We will switch from bottles to cans, and in doing so provide our fans with many more styles at retail than ever before! The cans, beautifully designed by our Troy neighbors id29, contain liquid tested by all of you, our loyal hero patrons. Putting our liquid in a can is a dream come true for us, but ultimately we're doing it for you. We want you to take our humble brews with you everywhere your adventures deem. Cans are infinitely portable and go where glass can't. Plus these are very cool looking beer containers.

The first Brown's cans you'll see in March are:
Our flagship OATMEAL STOUT
5.25% ABV, 20 IBU
sold in 6 packs, 12 packs
With conviction and inspiration, we’ve continually refined this defining brew into an even more approachable, easy to drink, rich, and silky smooth can of pure deliciousness. Little has changed, but with taking a deeper look at our brewing techniques, we have been able to get even more flavor from this beloved Brown's classic.

Beloved CHERRY RAZZ
6.5% ABV, 15 IBU
sold in 6 packs
Tart and sassy like its name, this Amber Ale features a generous amount of whole crushed cherries and raspberries balancing a sweet malt forward character and a slight hop zest. For a fervently dedicated fan base, this beer is an elegant tradition for many nights out. Easy to fall in love with, Cherry Razz is even easier to drink.

Coast-to-Coast IPA
6.25% ABV, 60 IBU
sold in 6 packs
We’ve taken a classic, well-developed beer and make it even more enjoyable. Hoppy with just enough juiciness, this crushable India Pale Ale is the dream of those pioneering brewers who first over-hopped a beer to last the long sea voyage from England to India. About the name, Coast-to-Coast; during R&D we had hoppy assertive beers (West Coast) we brewed that we adored and juicier IPA's (East Coast) like the Burst IPA that we're also entirely crushable. So those of us IPA drinkers on staff put out a challenge to create a beer inspired by both flavors that meet somewhere in the center. This is a humble nod towards blending both those distinct translations of the style.

FIRST SEASONAL SMALL BATCH SERIES - Vienna Lager
4.6% ABV, 22 IBU
Sold in 12 packs
Our aim with this brewer’s classic is to create a beer full of subtle sweetness and rich hop notes for a crisp clean finish. Recalling the origin of this traditional Austrian style, Brown’s Vienna Lager is smooth, elegant, and very easy to drink.

All of these great beers and more are available on tap in our Troy and Walloomsac taprooms and at fine retailers, grocery stores, great beer bars, and restaurants in New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont beginning in early March. We have many more styles including Double Oatmeal Stout, Burst IPA, Double IPA, and Black Cherry Stout, all in 16 oz cans, and Kolsch, Brown Ale, and Uncommon Porter, all in 12 oz cans, in the works for 2017 - a huge year for Brown's!

Thank you, we love you and are grateful for those of you who've been with us for nearly the last quarter century and for those of you who are getting to know us for the first time. Cheers to progress, cheers to you, and cheers to all the hard working staff at Brown's Brewing Company.
January 27, 2017

Update – 1/27/17

Three Calls for Cans

Let's be honest, it’s all about the liquid. As brewers, our aim is to get said liquid in your hands by the freshest means possible. An aluminum can provides for that and here's why.

1. Protection of the Liquid 

Cans are impenetrable to light so there is no risk of light turning the beer skunky and undrinkable. Aluminum cans are airtight and oxygen-free, thus freshness is preserved and an authentic taste is ensured. Bottled beer has to contend with a bit of oxygen which over time can incidentally alter the flavors. Think of a can as a mini-keg for your craft beer.

2. Infinitely Portable

Average weight of a six pack of 12oz of bottles: 7.5 pounds
Average weight of a six pack of 12oz cans: 5 pounds

Do like to go hiking? Are you a 46er? Do you like to go camping or canoeing or swimming? Snowshoeing? Frankly, you can carry more cans in your back pack than bottles. Plus, what happens if you drop that six pack of bottles? Glass and precious liquid spills everywhere, creating an environmental disaster and a tragic misuse of a quality libation. Also, during clean up you run the risk of cutting your hand and thusly attracting bears and zombies. All bummers for your outdoor adventure. Plus, cans cool down faster than any other beverage container resulting in fresher, better tasting beer.

3. Environmental Impact

A case of cans weighs around 10 pounds less per case than bottles. For a pallet of 60 bottle cases (1,440 bottles) that's around 1,800 pounds. A pallet of 60 can cases (1,440 cans) clocks in at about 1,200 pounds, or 600 pounds less than a pallet of bottle cases. Less overall weight translates to less fuel required to deliver for the distributor. Cans contain an average of 68% recycled aluminum, are infinitely recyclable, and are the most recycled beverage container of any kind in the United States. Recycling aluminum cans saves 95% of the energy used to make aluminum cans from virgin materials. Used aluminum cans are recycled and returned to a store shelf as a new can in as few as 60 days. That means you could basically purchase the same recycled aluminum can from a retailer's shelf nearly every nine weeks or six times a year.

There will always be reasons to bottle beer (bottle conditioning, cellaring, corked and cage traditions, for example). As a brewery, our goal is quality. We use the finest ingredients and brewing methods, and can allow you to experience our craft the way we intend it - fresh and excellent - brewed by us for you and enjoyed by all. To this end, expect big changes in 2017. Cheers friends!
January 24, 2017

TAP New York Road Trip – April 30, 2017

Hop on board Brown's Brewing Company's famous round trip bus transportation to the TAP New York Craft Beer and Food Festival at Hunter Mountain on Sunday, April 30! Join us as we want to provide a safe trip to and from this great event. This year, five buses will depart from our Troy Taproom. Your ticket gets you a seat a bus, entrance to the festival, beer on the bus, and a fabulous t-shirt. Buses will leave our Troy Taproom in Troy, NY at 9:45 am sharp (arrive by 9:15 am). When you arrive, have your ticket and ID in hand to check in and receive your t-shirt. Choose your t-shirt size when purchasing your ticket. You must be 21+ to board a bus. Club Brown members should purchase tickets in person from the Troy Taproom. Online ticket sales are now closed. Tickets are available in the Troy Taproom while they last. No refunds.
January 12, 2017

Update – 1/12/17

Happy new year…and what a year it’s been.  For us at Brown’s Brewing Company it was fantastic hosting all of you in our breweries and taprooms. With gratitude, we are humbled by your choice to spend time with us. Our small-batch brewhouse in Troy produced more unique batches of beer than any year previous in our 24 years of operating. 2016 also saw for us a dream realized as we released our first canned beer, Burst IPA. While we have many exciting developments in store for 2017, we want to take this moment to remind you that though trends may shift, climates might change, attitudes realign, and relationships grow stronger, we at Brown’s Brewing Company will always be here for you, crafting our own revolution of beers and serving excellent food. We’re in your corner, always. Thank you for being such an integral part of our year. Cheers!
May 5, 2016

Brown’s at the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market

Throughout the year you’ll find us most Saturdays at the terrific Troy Waterfront Farmers Market in Troy, NY. Stop by for the latest merchandise, to pick up a six pack, to chat with us, or to grab a squealer of our farmers market exclusive beer (when available).  We love our local market!
March 21, 2016

Troy Brewers’ Blog #7

Brewers’ Reserve Blend #4 Recently we pulled some samples from our barrel stock for the next in our Brewers’ Reserve series (#4). The blend will include three separate brews, each lending its own distinct character to the end product. Barrel no. 6: Culled from the Maibock brew of last spring, a year in the barrel. It appears that the Brettanomyces strains we pitched got a strong head start with prickly pineapple and funk up front. Barrel no. 13: Wild Wheat, spent eight months aging, probably the most bracingly acidic barrel of the four selected. We maintained the culture of a soured Witbier previously held in this oak, contributing both rustic herbal notes and the biting aspect of pineapple. Barrel no. 15: Saison, seven months in oak, tart and peppery. Dry in the finish, this barrel retained a surprising amount of the farmhouse esters from primary fermentation. Barrel no. 16: Wild Wheat, aged eight months, floral up front with mild Brett funk and a residual pineapple sweetness from the base beer. Twenty-four pounds of amber honey will help encourage the floral character into the finished product. After choosing the blend for our newest release, we began considering what flavors might add some depth and counterpoint to what we were tasting in the barrels and settled on chamomile flowers and vanilla beans, in addition to the honey addition to Barrel 16. One of the challenges that we often face when supplementing a beer with complementary flavors is to walk the fine line between those contributions being delicate or overbearing.