3 New Capital Region Breweries To Check Out

While any time of year is a good time to drink craft beer, fall seems like an especially good time do to so. Before this summer, there were more than enough local breweries to explore—Schenectady alone boasts Frog Alley Brewing, Great Flats Brewing, Wolf Hollow Brewing and more—but after this summer, the Capital Region is home to three more craft breweries. Here’s a sneak peek at each of them.


Druthers Brewing Company

Clifton Park

Yeah, yeah, Druthers is old news; the local chain has locations in Saratoga, Schenectady and Albany. But this past September, the brewery opened a new, state-of-the-art brewery right in the heart of Clifton Park. The new location looks like a barn, with exposed beams and plenty of natural light. It opened just in time for Druthers’ new fall menu to drop, but classics (like the pretzel bites and beer cheese!) aren’t going anywhere.


The Speckled Pig Brewing Company

Ballston Spa

Ballston Spa is home to Delmar brewery The Real McCoy’s satellite location (which is housed in the childhood home of Abner Doubleday), but didn’t have a brewing company until The Speckled Pig opened its doors this past September. The second-floor taproom features a big bar with TVs, a wood-fired pizza oven and space for live music, as well as a slew of innovative beers plus wines from nearby Galway Rock Winery.


Dancing Grain Farm Brewery


Up in Moreau, Dancing Grain Farm Brewery opened this past August to much fanfare. The brewery is actually on a farm—a 300-acre one!—and overlooks a field of sunflowers. As a certified New York State farm brewery, at least 60 percent of the ingredients used in Dancing Grain’s beer are from New York, meaning you know you’re drinking local with every single sip. New beers are added regularly, so be prepared: one trip to the woman-owned brewery may not suffice.