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Top Albany Area Breweries & Cideries

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Top breweries in Albany NY


It’s been a long few years. After being stuck inside with not much to do besides binging Netflix and picking up some new hobbies, we’re all in dire need of some time with our loved ones. We’re all in need of something different- a new pet, a new activity, even a new apartment

Another thing we’re all in need of? Some time to destress, close to home (but not in it!). A brewery is a perfect place to relax with loved ones. Check out our top 5 recommendations for breweries and local watering holes- all within a few minutes from Albany Lofts!


Druthers Brewing Company

This New York staple is a must-have for anyone visiting NY or living nearby. With everything from hoppy IPAs, to fruity sours, to rich, malty brown ales, there is a well-crafted beer option that everyone will enjoy. Druthers’ boasts some of the best pub food in the Northeast. Don’t forget to order the mac and cheese- a local favorite! With their craft beer, custom glassware, special events, and Toasting Society’s for regulars, you’ll regret not going sooner. 

  • Address: 1053 Broadway, Albany NY
  • Dine Options: Takeout, delivery, and dine-in options
  • Distance from Albany Lofts: 15-minute walk, a 3-minute drive


Fort Orange Brewery

Fort Orange is the largest taproom and microbrewery in the state of New York. With pints, flights, or gauntlets, you’ll be able to indulge your love for excellent craft brews. Opened in 2017, Fort Orange Brewery offers a great atmosphere of friendship and joy. Food trucks often stop by- and your pups are welcome too! Come flex your trivia skills at weekly contactless trivia nights. 

  • Address: 450 North Pearl Street, Albany NY
  • Dine Options: Dine in, food trucks, BYO food
  • Distance from Albany Lofts: 15-minute walk, a 3-minute drive


Nine Pin Cider

Nine Pin Cider in New York’s first farm cidery, using 100% New York apples and fruit. They pride themselves on supporting local farmers. With a rotating selection of various ciders, you’ll find the best – and gluten-free – drinks around. Join us for Monday Date nights, Cider Mimosa Sundays, and more! You’ll love your new favorite drink with Nine Pin Cider. 

  • Address: 929 Broadway, Albany NY
  • Dine Options: Dine in for drinks, open for events
  • Distance from Harmony Group: 20-minute walk, a 3-minute drive


Emporium Farm Brewery

Emporium Farm Brewery is a classic taproom and brewery, proudly serving many of their craft beers. With some pub food to snack on, you can experiment with different types of IPAs, hoppy ales, and more. There’s something for everyone at Emporium, serving brews, wine, NY ciders, and spirits. Come on down for trivia night on Thursdays! 

  • Address: 472 North Greenbush Road, Rensselaer NY
  • Dine Options: Dine in for drinks, open for events
  • Distance from Harmony Group: 10-minute drive


Johnnie’s On Broadway

Johnnie’s On Broadway is a local classic, welcome to all. Here, you’ll find the local favorites for pub food, drinks, music, and dancing. Those living at Albany Lofts are regulars! You’ll love their signature drinks, like Johnnie’s famous margarita, the Sour Patch, or even the Twisted Lemonade. Not feeling like a cocktail? No worries. You can choose from different craft beers, wine, ciders, and more. Johnnie’s feels like a home away from home- but with more dancing! 

  • Address: 1278 Broadway, Albany NY
  • Dine Options: Takeout, dine-in 
  • Distance from Harmony Group: 4-minute walk


Try all five and let us know what you think! And the best thing about all these spots? They’re all close to Albany Lofts! Take a walk over to Johnnie’s or a drive over to Emporium, find your new favorite drink, and head home safely after. 

Are you interested in living in an Albany area apartment with shops, restaurants, breweries, and quiet all in one? Schedule a tour with Albany Loft’s today and find your new home.

One response to “Top Albany Area Breweries & Cideries”

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