With the popularity of craft beer around the country, nearly every city has a burgeoning brewery scene, and Saratoga Springs is no exception. The area has several independent craft breweries and even a few wineries and distilleries. Saratoga Brewing Co., one of the oldest and largest in the state, closed earlier this year, but several upstarts are filling the void. Here are some of the best breweries in Saratoga Springs to visit on your next stay at our newly renovated boutique hotel The Downtowner.
This combination brewery and winery is Saratoga Springs' newest, opening just a few months ago. The owners own a racehorse farm and started the winery in 2012, with plans to add a distillery in the future. The tap room is in an industrial stretch of town, operating out of a former package distribution warehouse. The racing-themed tap room is spacious with several TVs tuned, naturally, to the latest horserace. A small selection of beers rotate seasonally, with names like the Lemon Hop Kid, named for the winner of the Travers Stakes in 1999, the family's first visit to Saratoga.
Located downtown, Druthers Brewing is a full-service restaurant and brewery in one. With wood-fired pizzas and plenty of pub classics, this brewpub is a cozy place to enjoy a meal. Year-round brews pilsner, brown ale, and hefeweizen are always on tap with seasonal favorites like an IPA and gose available in warmer months. Live music on the patio in the summer means Druthers is always hopping.
This South Glens Falls brewery may be a bit of a drive from downtown Saratoga Springs, but if the day lends itself to exploring the area, this makes for a worthy pit stop. Specializing in barrel aged beers and wild fermentation, Common Roots is known for turning out uniquely flavored beer. Fans of sour beers will love the variety and depth of the brews available here, making it somewhat of a hidden gem in this quaint upstate town.