As #TheCraftBeverageCapital we feel strongly, that it is our duty to inform readers, visitors, travelers and more of the unique beer, wine, cider and spirits offered in the Capital-Saratoga Region. Here are a few beers worth making a stop for, especially to warm up with a cold one this winter!


Argyle Brewing

Info | Cambridge, New York
Beer to try: Winter Warmer
Think of Christmas in a glass. Your taste buds will be treated to hints of brown sugar, cardamom seeds, cinnamon sticks, cloves, figs and raisins. 6.5%-8.0% ABV

R.S. Taylor & Sons Brewery

Info | Saratoga Springs, New York
Beer to try: Coconut Cream Stout
On Nitro, this stout is milky, creamy, and sweet – perfectly decadent for the winter season. 5.5% ABV

The Beer Diviner

Info | Petersburgh & Troy, New York
Beer to try: Ancestral Red Ale
Their most pungent and intricate ale, its creamy, fruity finish is created by a magical brew of coriander, bitter orange peel, and ginger root. Decidedly un-hoppy.

Brown’s Brewing

Info | Troy & Hoosick Falls, New York
Beer to try: Uncommon Porter
Dark and seductive, with a blend of three different freshly roasted coffee beans, and a hint of vanilla. Delightfully drinkable and appropriate day or night. 5.75% ABV & 35 IBU

Great Flats Brewing

Cinnectady Toast Crunch, photo courtesy of Great Flats Brewing

Info | Schenectady, New York
Beer to try: Cinnectady Toast Crunch
A cinnamon spiced brown ale with over 60 lbs of the popular cinnamon crunchy toasty cereal!

Common Roots Brewing

Info | South Glens Falls, New York
Beer to try: Rooted
This wild ale is spontaneously inoculated in their coolship with microflora from the local environment and aged in select oak barrels.
A respectful interpretation of a traditional spontaneously fermented beer. 6% ABV

Stump City Brewing

Info | Gloversville, New York
Beer to try: Graft
A hybrid between cider and beer made in collaboration with Roger’s Cider Yard, a little sour, a little funky with a unique taste and
aged in a barrel. 7.5% ABV

Druther’s Brewing

Info | Menands, New York
Beer to try: Winter Warmer (yes, another one)
A malty, strong ale for the chilly season. Dark caramel malt and dark Belgian candi sugar are prominent up front while hops provide significant bitterness in the finish. 7.3% ABV

C.H. Evans Brewing Company

Info | Albany, New York
Beer to try: Spaceman IPA
Starting off with a big hoppy aroma and giving way to fresh green hop flavor this is a sessionable beer for hopheads. Pouring nearly bright with big hops up front and minimal malt this is a veritable hop rocket ship that’s out of this world! 7.1% ABV

Try them all and share your photos!

There you have it! A full fledged must-try list for #TheCraftBeverageCapital. Use our hashtag and we’ll like and share your craft beer, wine and cider photos with our followers on Instagram and Facebook.

Header image: Fresh Powder, photo courtesy of Mad Jack Brewing