Flight at Pinthouse
Meanwhile Brewing We absolutely love breweries that have great outdoor spaces.  And as far as outdoor spaces go, Meanwhile Brewing of Austin has one of the best we’ve ever seen.  The large backyard has turf with picnic tables, and even more tables and chairs in a wood chip landscape with a children’s play place in the middle to keep the kids occupied while you sip on some delicious brews while listening to the live music on the stage.  The interior was great too, but in no way compared with the rest of the brewery. Meanwhile wasn’t back to serving flights yet, but the three beers we had at Meanwhile were really solid.  Lonely Mascot (lager), Blue Label (lager) and the Wallbreaker (barrel aged DIPA in Gin barrels).  Out of the three, our favorite was Wallbreaker; the gin barrel aged DIPA hit all the right notes of the gin family that […]

Watch out for Electric Jellyfish

Austin Passport
In traditional Beerventurers fashion we boarded the earliest flight we could grab out of EWR (6am) and made our way to a wonderfully planned but soon to be poorly executed vacation.  Due to our early arrival, no breweries had opened in the great state of Texas yet but there was a Waffle House; another staple in the Beerventurers travel itinerary.  We highly recommend a well portioned breakfast of Waffle House because they’re consistently amazing. The Passport There is an Austin Beer Passport. We completely forgot to get one until we were four stops in.  It’s $5 bucks, but I think the catch is you can only redeem items 1x a year during some sort of party(?).  I’d look into it or just leave your passport with friends if you have any down there. Live Oak Brewing Company After devouring an All Star Special breakfast, we were ready for a day […]

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NYS Capitol Building
The City of Albany is quiet on the weekends, very quiet.  We weren’t expecting that for the Capital City of NY, but then again the downtown is mostly government buildings and hotels.  Considering it’s a weekend and we’re still in Covid, I guess that was to be expected.  There are some exceptions to the quiet city; CH Evans Brewing Co, Nine Pin Cider Works and Fort Orange Brewing. C.H. Evans Brewing Co. C.H. Evans Brewing Co. at the Albany Pump Station is a brewpub of historic proportions and grandeur.  After three generations, the Evans family has more than honed in the finer points of their craft at the pump station turned brewery.  The pump station itself was built in 1874 and moved over 7 billions gallons of water from the river to a reservoir before becoming a brewery. The beer at C.H. Evans is a wide variety of traditional styles […]

Albany, NY

Subversive Beer 2
Delmar, NY On the way to or from Albany, be sure to take a swing by Delmar, NY to hit two great little breweries. Only a mile apart from each other, The Real McCoy Beer Co and The Warbler Brewery serve up a long list of delicious taps. The Real McCoy Beer Co set their roots down in an old mechanics garage (we think) and while the indoor space isn’t much their outdoor beer garden is a massive space with lots of picnic tables and live music. The Real McCoys Beer ranges all the styles, but since it was Melissa’s birthday weekend we focused on two delicious sours; Bravo Whiskey Raspberry and Solid Liquid (sour IPA). The Warbler Brewery is a small, husband and wife run brewery that opened their doors during the mess that is covid. Lucky for us and them, the world is getting back to normal and […]

Delmar, Catskill & Hudson, NY

Melissa at Shmatlz Brewing Company
BYE-i Traveling down to Albany from Saratoga Springs presents you with two routes. You can either take the direct and fast 87 South all the way down or the longer route through Troy, NY and across the river. Naturally, we took the Troy route and made our first stop in Cohoes, NY at BYE-i Brewing. BYE-i was established in 2019 and has one of the most functional flight paddles we’ve ever come across; no seriously, check out the photos below. Across our flight, the beer at BYE-i was consistently good with the great exception being the 131 Hab; a habanero pale ale. 131 Hab is in our humble opinion the right way to make a habanero beer. The aroma was rich with pepper and there was the perfect amount of heat on the backend. Hab’s pepper profile didn’t crush your palette, but enough is there to say hi and let […]

Troy, NY

Inn at Saratoga 3
Saratoga Springs I’m not much of a boutique person.  Walking through quaint stores with elegant clothing is just not my thing and Saratoga Springs is pretty much as quaint of a town you can get in upstate NY.  There are dozens of fancy little shops ranging from designer fashions to specialty teas and candy so if this sounds like a wonderful afternoon for you, you should absolutely book a weekend here.  We recommend The Inn at Saratoga for accommodations, it has free parking and is just a ⅓ mile walk from the bustling shopping district on Broadway. The Springs at Saratoga This one caught us by surprise.  While looking up things to do in Saratoga Springs, we learned that there are 21 public, natural mineral springs with taps scattered around the town.  Andrew and I partook in 4 of them, and really that’s kind of all we needed.  The flavor […]

Saratoga Springs