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We all met up at Ryan's Wake in Troy.

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There were some historical local brewing items on display, thanks to the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway.

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Then it was on the bus -- one of CDTA's new articulated buses. (You know, the "accordion" bus.)

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Duncan Crary and beer historian Craig Gravina again were our hosts for the tour, and told all sorts of stories of local gangsters, madams, corrupt politicians, brewers, and bottleggers.

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Into Albany for the first stop.

By the way, that's Keith, our CDTA bus driver, in the mirror. He was awesome, skillfully piloting the articulated bus through the city streets.

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Will "Tragedy" Yager, the owner of Patsy's Barbershop on Howard Street in downtown Albany told some stories about the shop's long history and some of the people who've stopped in for haircuts.

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Then it was up to the City Beer Hall and the speakeasy there (no photos inside, of course).

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Half the group visited the speakeasy for a cocktail tasting and half the group went upstairs for a beer sample and snack. (Then the two groups switched.)

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Then back on the bus. It's kind of a weird feeling to be turning and see the back of the bus of the trailing behind.

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Next stop: At The Warehouse / Silver Fox Salvage in Albany's Warehouse District. The neighborhood once had a bunch of breweries, and for a time this building served as a brewery warehouse.

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Craig talked about some of the brewing history of the neighborhood.

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And Mike Bellini of The Real McCoy Beer Co. in Delmar was there with an Albany ale brewed from a 19th century recipe.

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And Eric Paul of The Cheese Traveler on Delaware Ave in Albany was there with some cheese to sample.

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Check out this souvenirs Silver Fox Salvage made for everyone on the tour. They're pieces of wood that have been burned an electrical current.

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Then it was a short walk over to Nine Pin Cider Works…

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… for cider donuts from Cider Belly...

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… and samples in Nine Pin's new tasting room.

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On to Troy, and stories about the infamous trial of gangnster Legs Diamond at the Rensselaer County Courthouse. (Legs was famously killed later that day in Albany after celebrating his acquittal.)

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Next stop: Superior Merchandise Co. for coffee and cookies.

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Then on to Cohoes.

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On the way, local author Jack Casey performed some of his songs about local figures.

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Next stop: The Cohoes Music Hall.

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Mary told some stories about the great (and controversial) vaudeville star Eva Tanguay, who performed at the music hall.

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And Owen Smith of the Park Playhouse, which is connected to the Cohoes Music Hall via its partnership with The Palace, talked a little bit about the plans for the music hall.

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Then it was some snacks from Spindles on Remsen.

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And some apple cider to toast Eva Tanguay.

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Then back to Troy.

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Last stop: Upstairs at Brown's Brewing for some snacks and drinks.

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And a bunch of people got free CDTA passes.

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Bad Boys, Broads, and Bootleggers photos 2016

AOA Bootleggers Tour 2016 composite

This year's AOA Bad Boys, Broads, and Bootleggers tour rolled through Albany, Troy, and Cohoes this past weekend. Along the way we heard all sorts of stories about local gangsters, corrupt politicians, red-light districts, brewing history, and controversial vaudeville stars -- and we sampled a bunch of different drinks and food.

Thanks to everyone who came along on the sold-out tour! We had a fun time! It was great to meet some new faces, and see some familiar ones again!

There are a bunch of photos from this year's tour, which included some new stops, after the jump.

Thanks to the City Beer Hall, Speakeasy 518, Patsy's Barbershop, Silver Fox Salvage/At the Warehouse, The Real McCoy Beer Co., The Cheese Traveler, Nine Pin Cider Works, Superior Merchandise Co., Cohoes Music Hall, Spindles on Remsen, and Brown's Brewing for hosting us and sharing samples. Thanks to Jack Casey for entertaining us again, and Michael Barrett of Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway Society for sharing historical items.

Big thanks again to Duncan Crary and Craig Gravina for serving as hosts of the tour.

The Bad Boys, Broads, and Bootleggers Tour was presented by Brian Brosen, Reggie Monroe, and The Capital Team at Realty USA. And it was sponsored by the Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Downtown Troy BID, CDTA, E. Stewart Jones, Hacker Murphy, and Ryan's Wake.

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