Monday, November 11, 2013

Open thread: How would you rate the Albany beer scene?

Well, this seems like an appropriate follow-up to last week’s blog.

I find Capital District beer geeks tend to love or hate the local beer scene with very little gray area. Most of what I hear is something along the lines of:
“Oh my god, did you try Brewery X’s beer? It’s delicious. How did they do that?!”
Or: “Ugh, I hate that place. All their beers are rife with diacetyl or acetaldehyde. They don’t know what they’re doing.”
Or: “That place was great until their head brewer left.”
Or: “Ever since they got a new brewer their beers have been great.”

It seems like everyone I run across, especially in the comments section of this blog, has a strong opinion one way or another. That’s not to say everyone is a beer hipster or a snob (although some are), just that when it comes to beer made in Albany and the surrounding area, I rarely hear beer drinkers describe it as “meh.”

I hope it’s clear from the reviews I’ve written of local brewpubs and other beer-centric establishments, that I’m a fan of the Capital District craft beer scene. I started a group on in 2012 that was devoted to exploring beer venues in the area. I also started a “like page” on Facebook and a Twitter account to promote beer-related news and events in the Albany area.
A collage of some of the best beer destinations in the area.

 But enough about me, I want to hear from the readers:
  1. What’s your favorite local brewpub?
  2. What’s your favorite locally-brewed beer? (i.e. a specific brew)
  3. What’s your favorite local craft beer-centric bar or restaurant?
  4. Are you excited about the fact we’re getting several new breweries (e.g. Ravens Head, Rare Form Brewing, Honey Hollow Brewery) or worried about market saturation?
  5. Do you find the average person in this area has good taste and is knowledgeable about beer?
  6. Are there any individual persons you credit with making our beer scene what it is today?
  7. How does the Capital District craft beer scene compare with other markets of similar size?
  8. How would you describe the selection of commercial beer that’s available here?
  9. What’s missing from our local beer scene?
  10. What improvements would you like to see?
  11. What is the reputation of the Capital District’s beer scene? How do outsiders perceive this area?
  12. What can we do to bolster our image?
  13. If beer-loving friends visit from out of town, where would you be most likely to take them?

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