Flight of the Browns

I can’t believe it’s taken me a week to write this up, but better late than never.

Last Friday Jeff and I went to The Taproom (Brown’s Brewing Co.‘s pub) in Troy NY for dinner and beer. It was a packed Friday night, and we came to discover that not only was where a show at Revolution Hall next door, but there was a band playing in the Taproom later as well.

We ordered a Whiskey Porter to start the night while waiting for our table. Very smooth with pronounced hardwood and whiskey notes. I had trouble keeping from pounding this one down. It was extremely drinkable for such a dark and robustly flavored beer.

We followed with a ESB which was quite good but hoppier than I’d expect from an ESB. Still, it had all the characteristics I’d expect with the addition of some floral hopping as well. It was quite good, though made me question how true an ESB it was.

Soon after we were called for our table and put in our food orders. The food there is quite good. If you tried it back in the late 1990s or early 2000s I invite you to try it again. The quality is back up to where it was when they first opened.

Along with our meals we each ordered a flight of beer, and between the two of us we had a full flight of every beer they had on tap. Being total geeks, we ordered the flights into one string by color and style, omitting the ones we just tried. And then the sampling commenced.

I really wish we’d recorded the tasting session, both for the info and for the humor factor. We were in total beer geek mode, noting colors, aromas, flavors, visible characteristics, aftertaste, you name it.

Here’s a list of the beers I believe we enjoyed. I may have one or two of them off. Memory’s fuzzy after a week:

  • Tomhannock Pilsner
  • Hefe-Weizen
  • ESB
  • India Pale Ale
  • Pale Ale
  • Cherry Raspberry Ale
  • Irish Amber Ale
  • Brown Ale
  • Dunkelweizen
  • Whiskey Porter
  • Oatmeal Stout

And here’s a list of all the beers they offer, some being seasonal.

If you’re ever in the Troy NY area, make this one of your required stops. You won’t regret it!

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4 Responses to Flight of the Browns

  1. darknova306 says:

    I don’t remember there being an IPA, though I could be off. There was that Belgian Framoise. Between that and the Cherry Raspberry Ale, one tasted thin and fake, the other was nice.

    The pale ale was bleh. I don’t remember exactly what kind of bleh, but it sucked.

    That dunkelweizen you have listed I believe was supposedly their regular porter, which turned out to be another glass of the whiskey porter.

    We were getting weird looks from people seeing us geek out, spending a minute sniffing the beer, tasting slowly, then hitting our phones for Twitter. Man, we’re dorks. πŸ™‚

  2. techcommdood says:

    We may be dorks, but we have beer on our side.

  3. darknova306 says:

    Yes, we do have beer on our side… good beer. πŸ™‚ Man, you should have been out here for the Lagunitas love fest at The Old Toad tonight. Mmmm. I love that place. Only bar in Rochester with beer on cask (three casks, to be exact).

  4. techcommdood says:

    Nice on the casks! I love that Mahar’s has either 6 or 7. πŸ˜‰ But yeah, even ONE is worth going out for!

    As for the beer that neither of us liked, I think it was the Pilsner. Go figure, since we both favor the bigger/richer ales.

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