Here's an overview of the beers we tried:
(Pale Wheat Ale. 10 IBUs. 4.2% ABV)
Slightly lemony/slightly grassy, but overtly wheaty. We both found it refreshing and highly drinkable, but we'd prefer a genuine Hefeweizen.
(Red/Amber Ale. 13 IBUs. 4.7% ABV)
A light bodied amber, though the honey and rye still come through. We both thought it was the best of their lighter brews.
Brick Row Red
(Red/Amber Ale. 16 IBUs. 5% ABV)
Pretty generic for the style - mild maltiness, a touch of dry bitterness. I was indifferent to this, but Jordan gave it a thumbs down.
First Pitch Pils
(German Pilsner. 34 IBUs. 5.1% ABV)
Standard, by-the-book German pils. No adjuncts. Some grassy hop character. Does what it's supposed to do. I liked it more than Jordan.
(Cream Ale. 18 IBUs. 5.2% ABV)
A subtle caramel/honey roasted peanut flavor. A smooth thirst quencher. Mild but quaffable.
Angry Pete's Pale Ale
(American Pale Ale. 35 IBUs. 5.3% ABV)
Lots of hop character for a pale ale. Could be mistaken for an IPA. Slightly toasty. We were genuinely impressed with this one.
(Belgian Pale Ale. 45 IBUs. 6% ABV)
Similar to "Angry Pete's", but with a subtle Belgian character. They tapped this as we were finishing up and gave us a complimentary sample. We both enjoyed it.
(Belgian Dubbel. 18 IBUs. 6.7% ABV)
Reminds me of Ommegang Rare Vos: slightly smoky/spicy character and some fruitiness. Jordan liked it a little more than me (she's a fan of Belgian beers).
Black Rock Stout
(Foreign Extra Stout. 44 IBUs. 6.8% ABV)
We both liked this one the best. Delicious roasted malt/coffee/chocolate flavors. Good dessert beer. Crossroads should promote this one more than they do.
(American IPA. 80 IBUs. 7% ABV)
A great West Coast style single IPA with lots of citrus and floral character. Nice bitterness without going overboard. Jordan isn't usually a fan of IPAs, but she liked this one a lot.
(Double/Imperial IPA. 95 IBUs. 9.3% ABV)
Something seemed off about this one. Overly sweet. Boozy. The only beer we both disliked (which is ironic since I tend to love DIPAs).
Though we both agreed that our food was good, I do have to raise an eyebrow on these prices. A good comparison might be The Bier Abbey in Schenectady which has "The Abbey Burger" for $9.50 or the "Uncle Sam Burger" at Brown's for $9.99 (both are bacon cheeseburgers of the same size and quality). Also, why is the veggie burger more expensive than the meat burger?
If you're considering heading down to Crossroads Brewing you're probably in for an evening of good food, good beer, and a nice atmosphere. I’d say it's a worthwhile trip.
Crossroads Brewing Company
21 Second Street
Athens, NY 12015
Phone: 518-945-2337 (BEER)
Mon: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri: 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat: 1:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sun: 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm