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Walloomsac Taproom Hours

Wednesday – Friday: 3 pm to 9 pm
Saturday: Noon to 9 pm
Sunday: Noon to 7 pm
Closed on the Fourth of July

Welcome...pull up a barstool!

The North Hoosick, NY brewing facility at 50 Factory Hill Road is called “The Walloomsac Brewery” as it sits right on the banks of the historic Walloomsac River. The Walloomsac River’s name is Native American in origin and one account claims that it is Algonquian for “paint rocks.” However there is documentation that suggests the river was also known as “Walloon’s Creek”, named for the French speaking Belgians who inhabited much of the Hudson Valley in the mid 1600 to 1700s. The area around the brewery was the site of numerous French and Indian, and American Revolution War skirmishes. The Walloomsac, or “Roaring Branch” is a 16.8-mile-long tributary of the Hoosic River with origins in Southern Vermont, just east of Bennington.

The site of Brown’s Walloomsac Brewery is steeped in manufacturing history. The current brewery and shipping and receiving buildings are just a part of several structures that occupied the site over the last one and a half centuries. The original factory was built around 1854 by the Stevens and Thompson Paper Company (a.k.a. Stevens and Thompson Wall Paper Mills) as a wallpaper manufacturing plant and became the Walloomsac Paper Co. around 1904. By 1943, the building was bought and became the White-Flomatic Corporation which manufactured water system valve products. Flomatic Corporation operated in the space until the mid 1980s when it expanded internationally and moved its manufacturing operations in 1996.

Garry Brown purchased the site in 2006 with the intent of converting the two brick structures into a full scale production brewing facility as an expansion from Brown’s Brewing Company’s Taproom brewpub in Troy, NY. Since his beginning days as a brewer, Garry Brown always had the goal of creating a craft brewery that distributed its beer throughout the Northeast. With the opening of the Walloomsac Brewery in 2013, this dream was realized and Brown’s Brewing was on its way to becoming a significant player in the growing craft beer segment in America.

In addition to offering a breathtaking view of the Walloomsac River waterfall, the Walloomsac Brewery is an ideal location for a craft brewery. Its two buildings provide ample space for brewing, fermentation, conditioning and packaging. The lower riverside brewery also houses a beautiful and relaxing tasting room bar area open to the public that directly overlooks the Walloomsac River. Brewery tours ($5) are available by appt. Please ask at the bar or call 518-205-5049 for more details.

Current Taproom Menu and Tap List

tap list subject to change without notice

 

Coffee Table

(4.1% ABV, 20 IBU, Color: Light Coffee) *Small Batch

English Mild ale brewed with coffee and a touch of lactose. Served on nitro.

American Wheat

(5% ABV, 10 IBU, Color: Blonde*Small Batch

Easy drinking wheat beer.

Belgian Blonde

(5.75% ABV, 25 IBU, Color: Blonde) *Small Batch

Our take on a classic Belgian summer style, with the addition of Caliente hops. Fruity notes of spiced pears & pineapple.

Cherry Razz Ale

(6.5% ABV, 15 IBU, Color: Amber Red)

Tart and sassy like its name, this Amber Ale features a generous amount of whole crushed cherries and raspberries.

Vienna Lager

(4.6% ABV, 22 IBU, Color: Light Amber) *Seasonal

Beautiful and easy to drink, our take on this Bavarian classic is subtly sweet and toasty.  

also available in can 12 packs to go

Brewer’s Reserve Sour - Blend #9

(5.5% ABV, 10 IBU, Color: Honey) *Small Batch

Blend of golden and amber sour ales, 11+ months in oak, conditioned on peach tea and elderflowers.

Tee It Up

(4.1% ABV, 20 IBU, Color: Light) *Small Batch

Hoppy session pale ale featuring Belma and Azacca hops.

Pale Ale

(5.5% ABV, 40 IBU, Color: Amber) *Brewed All Year

Aromatic rich and complex, gentle malt sweetness combined with a bright hop flavor.

Brown Ale

(6% ABV, 17 IBU, Color: Amber) *Small Batch 

Classic and delicious, this malt forward, low hop ale imparts a subtle sweetness that’s extremely drinkable.

The Royal Treatment

(5.8% ABV, 20 IBU, Color: Light Gold) *Small Batch

Mixed fermentation saison with notes of tropical fruit, pepper, and a touch of spice.

Oatmeal Stout

(5.25% ABV, 20 IBU, Color: Darkness) *Core Style

Classic, rich, dark, and silky smooth. This easy to drink ode to the English Stout has been on draught at Brown’s since ‘93 and remains our flagship.

also available in 6 and 12 packs to go 

 

choose any six beers for a flight or walk a gauntlet flight of all our beers (about two pints worth)

 

  

Other offerings:

1911 Hopped Apple Cider (6.9% ABV/Gluten Free) 12oz $6

1911 Original Hard Apple Cider (5.5% ABV/Gluten Free) 12oz $6

Steadfast Sorghum Pale Ale (6.8% ABV/Gluten Free) 12oz $6

Kaliber Non-Alcoholic $5

Gran Sasso Pinot Grigio, 2014, Italy $8

La Moreaux Landing Riesling, 2014, Finger Lakes, NY $9

Cardone Estate Chardonnay, 2010, Italy $8

Old Soul Pinot Noir, 2015, California $8

Old Soul Zinfandel, 2014, California $8

The Rusty Cigar Cabernet, 2013, Australia $8

Unsweetened Iced Tea $2

Lemonade $2

Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Ginger Ale, Root Beer $2

Saratoga Sparkling Water $3

Saratoga Flat Mineral Water $3

Club Soda $2

Coffee $2

Tea $2

APPETIZERS

Taco of the Day - market price (ask your server for today’s delicious tacos)

chef’s choice tacos

Nachos - 7

fresh onions, tomatoes, peppers, jalapeños, and black olives, smothered in melted cheddar cheese and served with house made salsa and a sweet cherry pepper sour cream over tri-color crispy tortilla chips (gluten free chips available upon request)

(add guacamole or turkey chili for $2)

(add extra salsa for $1)

Cheese Board - 15

R&G's Herbed Chevre, Berleberg, Cabot cheddar cheese, Nettle Meadow's Kunik, dark pretzels, Porter mustard, imported olives, extra virgin olive oil, and sliced Roundhouse Bakery baguette

Loaded Hand-Cut Fries - 6.5

crispy french fries cut and cooked in house smothered in cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, and honey jalapeño sauce, served with sides of garlic aioli and Brown’s Cherry Razz ketchup

Chips and Fresh Guacamole - 5

fresh guacamole with diced tomatoes, cilantro, lime, and red and green peppers, served with golden fried tortilla chips (gluten free chips available upon request)

(add salsa for $1)

Grilled Wings - 12

grilled wings, brined with garlic and orange, and paired with your choice of sauce  (rosemary, Whiskey Porter BBQ, or hot sauce) 

 

SOUP

Turkey Chili with Heidelberg dinner roll - 5.50

Soup of the Day with Heidelberg dinner roll - 5.50

 

SALADS

house made dressings: bleu cheese, jalapeño ranch, balsamic, ranch, house herb vinaigrette

add steak for $9 additional, add chicken for $4 additional, add salmon for $8 additional

House Salad - 6

mixed lettuce and local vegetables

Spinach and Arugula Salad - 10

baby spinach and arugula with sliced red radish, R&G Herb Chevre, grape tomatoes, candied pecans, and red onion

Strawberry Caprese Salad - 12

local mesclun mix, fresh mozzarella, fresh strawberries, grape tomatoes, crispy lo mein noodles, and basil pesto, served with beet poached carrots

 

PIZZA

Please enjoy these 12 inch pizza crusts by our friends at Roundhouse Bakery. Perfect with a pint!

 - a 10 inch gluten free crust is available for $2 additional - 

White Pizza - 15

fresh mozzarella, grilled tomatoes, fresh arugula, and Brown’s Cherry Razz balsamic reduction

Yushak’s - 16.50

grilled pepperoni, Yushak’s sweet Italian sausage and bacon, mozzarella, and tomato sauce

The Maggie - 15

tomatoes, basil pesto, fresh mozzarella, and EVOO

Classic Cheese - 13

house made marinara sauce and shredded mozzarella

 

SANDWICHES AND WOOD FIRE BURGERS

served w/hand cut fries or substitute a small salad, onions rings, a vegetable, or side of the day for $2 more

gluten free bun available for $1 additional

Tiashoke Farm Wood Fire Grilled Hamburger - 14

grilled hamburger topped w/local spring mix greens, red onion, and juicy tomato, on a grilled sesame bun w/cherry pepper aioli

(house made vegetarian burger available served with cumin cucumber sauce instead of cherry pepper aioli - $12)

Wood Fire Grilled Portabella Sandwich - 13

arugula, grilled onion, tomato, swiss cheese, portobello mushroom with sweet garlic jalapeño aioli on ciabatta bread

Grilled Turkey and Beer Battered Onion Ring Sandwich - 12

beer battered onions atop grilled turkey with arugula, tomato, swiss cheese, and rosemary aioli on toasted Heidelberg bread

Grilled Pulled Pork Sandwich - 13

wood fired grilled pulled pork with Whiskey Porter BBQ sauce, and cherry pepper cole slaw on ciabatta bread with lettuce, tomato, and onion

 

 Topping Options

add $1.50 each: Yushak’s bacon, sliced avocado

add $1 each: Cornell Farm fried egg, guacamole

add .75 each: bleu cheese, smoked gouda, Swiss cheese, American cheese, cheddar cheese, jalapeños

ENTRÉES

Grilled Sesame Tuna - 16

black and white sesame seed crusted Ahi tuna with a roasted red pepper and garlic coulis, served with ginger sage quinoa and a seasonal vegetable

Grilled Salmon and Arugula Salad - 15

grilled salmon atop an arugula and cherry tomato salad with a lemon and extra virgin olive oil vinaigrette, served with a seasonal vegetable

Black Angus New York Strip - 19

grilled black Angus New York strip steak with bacon onion marmalade, served with a seasonal vegetable and side of the day

 

 

DESSERT

Strawberry Shortcake - 5 (à la mode for 1.50 more)

Strawberry Acres strawberries with a house made butter shortbread served with house made whipped cream

Housemade Fudge Brownie à la Mode - 6

decadent chocolate fudge brownie served with Battenkill Creamery vanilla ice cream

Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich - 4.50

Battenkill Valley Creamery vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two Roundhouse cookies

Root Beer Float - 6

root beer meets Battenkill Valley Creamery vanilla ice cream

Cookies - 1.25

ask your server about today’s freshly baked cookies from Roundhouse Bakery

 

FATHER'S DAY SPECIALS

Steak and Eggs $16.50

marinated hanger steak served with herb butter eggs (sunny side up or scrambled) and french fries

Yushak's Sausage Gravy and Brioche Roll $8

a classic southern sausage gravy, made with Yushak's sausage, and served over a buttered brioche roll

Baked French Toast $8

baked French toast made with Heidelberg Bread, Berle Farm Maple Syrup, and a side of  fresh fruit

King Bakery Donut $1.75

fresh from their Cambridge donut cart (please ask your server for the tray to select your delicious variety)

 

Cheers to this week’s local producers: Battenkill Valley Creamery, Cornell Farm, 

Tiashoke Farm, Yushak's, Happenchance, Roundhouse Bakery, Heidelberg Bakery, and Berle Farm

  • Beautiful structure, great food, and fantastic brews.
    Eric
  • Beautiful setting, atmosphere, and drink! We will be back!
    Megan
  • Visiting from Baltimore, what an amazing tucked away spot!
    Suzanne
  • Awesome! We keep coming back.
    Lyndsey and Rob
  • Your staff is amazing and the beer is great. Will return!
    Randy
  • Loved the whole experience! Hunter and Kyle are real assets to the business. Kyle's bread is incredible.
    Ginger and Frank
  • I just wanted to let you know that I gave Kyle the nickname "Coltrane" because the guy plays jazz while preparing food! I know first hand as a business owner the value of good employees. Watching Kyle in action is an impressive show that adds a unique feel.
    Al
  • Great place to relax!
    Zach
  • Love everything! Beautiful building.
    Jerry
  • Came for Kyle B. and left with great and full bellies. Will be back soon!
    Alyssa and Jordan
  • Love the beer, food, and ambiance!
    Connie and John
  • Great beer, delicious food, and beautiful setting - I love the waterfall!
    Chuck, Michelle, and Lily
  • Thank you so much for making it possible for us to have a cosmopolitan experience and drive 10 miles home.
    Gail and Thom
  • Historic setting, exquisite food, finely crafted drinks, a gathering place for friends old and new — a gem for Hoosick Falls! Well done, Garry and Kelly.
    John and Susan

June 20, 2017

Update – 6/20/17

The summer solstice is the longest day of the year and, traditionally, a time for great celebration. Winter is over and light has returned. Pay homage to the bountiful glory of the sun by joining us for our own summer solstice celebration as we unveil the 2017 edition of Burst IPA!  On sale at high noon on June 24th from both our Troy and Walloomsac Taprooms and the Troy Waterfront Farmer’s Market. Cheers to endless summer days!
June 19, 2017

Trivia Night – Mondays

Cure your case of the Mondays! Steve Murray tests your knowledge of the universe during Monday night trivia at 7:30 pm upstairs in the Troy Taproom. Excellent giveaways awarded weekly and, in addition, one Club Brown’s mug club membership is given away the last Monday of the month. Must be present to win. Reservations taken (518-273-BEER). Runs all year except on major holidays.
June 8, 2017

Summer Tasting Dinner – June 30, 2017

Mt. Anthony Country Club, in Bennington, VT, hosts Brown's Brewing Summer Tasting Dinner on Friday, June 30 beginning at 6:30 pm.  Join us for a delicious five-course dinner paired with Brown's Brewing summer craft brews and meet Brown’s owners Garry and Kelly Brown, and brewer Duncan MacCrea. $48 all inclusive. Purchase tickets at Brown's Walloomsac Taproom or online.

The evening's menu and beer pairings:

Appetizer Alfresco

bruschetta with Maplebrook Farm Mozzarella, grilled tomatoes and eggplants paired with Brown’s Vienna Lager

Second Course

prawn over avocado and red and yellow pepper salsa with a chipotle drizzle paired with Brown’s Cherry Razz Ale

Third Course

grilled Verano chicken breast marinated with fresh herbs, olive oil, and garlic over a bed of True Love dressed arugula paired with Brown’s Krüsh Kölsch

Fourth Course

perfectly grilled petit bistro sirloin steak with a cilantro jalapeño sauce and yuca fries paired with Brown’s Oatmeal Stout

Dessert

decadent dark flourless Chocolate cake topped with fresh berries and ginger cream sauce paired with Brown’s Double Oatmeal Stout
April 28, 2017

Update – 4/28/17

Our Troy Taproom deck is open, the Walloomsac River in North Hoosick is rushing, buds are cracking the surface - warm weather is at long last here. As we have many things to share, here's a very quick highlight of what to look out for in the next week from Brown's Brewing Company.

COLLABORATIVE RELEASE
Braggoting Rights (12% ABV, 15 IBU, Color: Amber)
We've made an extremely rare libation called a Braggot, a type of mead made from honey and barley malt, in collaboration with Helderberg Meadworks. We're all so very excited about this cross-industry (beer and wine) project and we can't wait to share it with you.  It'll be on tap within the week.

The "braggot" is a blend of mead and beer aged over ninth months in oak. It is rich in it's complexity, with bright flavors of warm floral honey, and fruity white wine aromas and oak undertones. Lightly tart, expect little to no foam as you would a mead or wine.

"Collaborations are becoming a dime a dozen but no one I know of is doing cross-industry collaborations (mead falls in the wine industry).  How awesome is that?!  That's why we get 'braggoting' rights" explained Duncan MacCrea, Walloomsac brewer.

MCA DAY - 5/6/2017
On Saturday, May 6th we pay tribute to another musical icon of our time, Beastie Boy's Adam Yauch a.k.a. MCA. MCA's untimely death was four years ago and while his genius lingers with the tapping of our Adidas sneakers to his beats and bouncing basketballs, we choose to celebrate his artistry and humanitarian efforts with an evening of old school hip hop, good vibes, street art, and hanging out. We'll have drink specials, a highlight of his favorite foods, and we'll build a small shrine in our taproom to acknowledge how much MCA enhanced our lives through the years. Join us as we kick things off around 5 pm. As the evening grows, so will the volume of the jams! See you Saturday, May 6th!

TAP NY WEEKEND
This weekend is the TAP New York Craft Beer and Food Festival.  If you're going, be safe and have an awesome time. Here's what we plan to pour for the hoards of craft beer fans: Coast to Coast IPA, Whiskey Porter, Cherry Razz, Oatmeal Stout, King Leopold's Ghost, Raspberry Sour, #Nameofthegame, Brewer's Reserve Sour - Blend #8, Eised Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (Saturday's cask), and Eised Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Brown (Sunday's cask). If you're sticking around Troy, our newest New England juice forward IPA, #Nameofthegame is on tap.
April 19, 2017

Summer Sessions – June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 13

Craft beer, live music, and endless summer nights! Brown's Brewing Company stands as a crusader of good times. With a focus on bringing together our entire community, sharing a beer, and having an incredible evening, we will throw a craft beer and outdoor concert series behind our Troy Taproom. We've partnered with EQX to curate a roster of the most exciting artists on the airwaves to play on our downtown Troy riverfront stage every Thursday night in June, and on Thursday, July 13, beginning at 5 pm.

Thursday, June 1 - Mondo Cozmo / Rechordoroys / One Red Martian
Thursday, June 8 - Ron Gallo / Joe Mansman and the Midnight Revival Band / The Late Shift
Thursday, June 15 - Sir Sly / Trapdoor Social / Good Fiction
Thursday, June 22 - Rustic Overtones / Angels on the Fourth / Candy Ambulance
Thursday, June 29 - Eastbound Jesus / Black Mountain Symphony
Thursday, July 13 - Bleeker / Northern Faces / Stellar Young


All ages welcome. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Outside food and drink will not be allowed. Held rain or shine. Must be 21 and older to purchase and consume alcohol.
April 14, 2017

Update – 4/14/17

It's been a week since we unleashed our Double Oatmeal Stout. A week since we unveiled our new Troy Taproom menu. A week since we opened the deck in Troy, and there is still so much more to do, share, and talk about. Here's a run down of what next week looks like.

Join us Monday as we roll out a brand new happy hour menu of pretzel and fresh handcrafted cocktails, and offer a discount on a flight of beers. Come in later in the evening as we've added two additional hours (happier hours) from 9 to 11 pm. Happy hours happen Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3 to 6 pm and 9 to 11 pm. These great deals and extended hours were the brainchild of our Troy bar manager Niki Riston, who truly wants everyone to be happy. Thank her when you see her!

Ready for release from our Troy pilot brewers is: Brewer's Reserve Sour #8. This beautiful blend of our red and golden sour ales has spent the better part of a year sealed in an oak barrel. Further conditioned on blood orange, Indian Coriander, and Hibiscus flowers, this 6% ABV, 15 IBU brilliant orange hued beer will be on tap in our Troy taproom Wednesday, April 19.

On Friday, April 21st join us as we pay special tribute to iconic purple polymath Prince. All day we'll feature incredibly special, inspired by Prince, food and drink specials. Starting at 5 pm we'll begin a battle of the bartenders with unique cocktails crafted to pay homage to this revolutionary artist. Of course we encourage and will judge a best purple outfit costume contest, so dress to impress. Prince's jams will be pumped and danced to as we're planning to have a royal day. Be sure to go crazy like it's 1999 for this dearly beloved purple gem.
March 30, 2017

Update – 3/30/17

Continuous change.

There is something inspiring about being in state of constant change. Here at Brown's Brewing Company we encourage an ever changing horizon like a freshly poured pint. While participating in the world of hop forward beers, we have boldly decided to defy the spring release trend and boldly unleash our Double Oatmeal Stout on Saturday, April 8 at 10 am in our taprooms.

This titan of an Oatmeal Stout features locally roasted coffee, bourbon extracted Madagascar vanilla, and cacao nibs, clocking in at 8% ABV and sealed in a gorgeously designed 16oz can. This beer is a reckoning, and our spring release of this big bold brew is aimed at celebrating the change from the cold northeastern relentless winter to spring.

Never seeking permission or to be just another beer on the shelf, we break conventions and stand wholeheartedly on our own to allow this amazing beer to do the talking and inspiring. Welcome to our Revolution Series.

Brown's Double Oatmeal Stout goes on sale Saturday, April 8, at 10 am from our Troy and Walloomsac Taprooms.  Sold in four pack 16 ounce cans and cases. Limit two cases per person. When they're gone, it's gone!
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!

Walloomsac Taproom