Brew goes Pint Sized, plans second location (and a tiny bar)

Brew Pint Sized Albany interior 2017-February

The current shop on Lark Street.

Changes are coming to Brew, the popular beer/coffee shop on Lark Street.

Owner August Rosa says he's changing the name to Pint Sized. And he's opening a second location in Saratoga Springs -- what he believes could be the Capital Region's tiniest bar.

Rosa said the success of Brew on Lark Street sent him looking for a second location, someplace that had some of the same qualities that work for current spot -- "being in the heart of a city and having a walkable area" have been important to Brew's success.

He searched the Capital Region and found a tiny underground space at 489 Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs to create Pint Sized, a small brew and bottle shop. It's smaller than he originally planned, but he says he's really excited about the space.

"A smaller space lends itself to creativity," he said. "It will be a cozier experience."

The plan is to build something very much like Brew, with beer you can take out -- but with 12 taps and a small area where people can sit with a drink.

One aspect of Brew that won't be as big a part of the Saratoga Pint Sized: coffee. "We will be keeping coffee in the mix, but with a focus on the retail bags." says Rosa. " Other elements of Brew, like cocktail mixers and tea will slowly phase out," he says. But the focus at Pint Size will definitely be on beer. The new bar will feature many local brews on tap.

"It doesn't seem like the pace of craft beer is slowing down and that's why I'm confident in a second endeavor," Rosa said. "We're thinking baby steps, but if Saratoga works I'd be definitely open to more craft beer focused businesses down the road."

Brew Pint Sized Albany exterior 2017-February
The exterior of the current Lark Street shop.

If it goes well, he's say's he's planning to replicate the concept in other areas in the Capital Region, including expanding the current Lark Street shop.

"We love Lark Street," Rosa said. "We're not leaving."

The new shop in Saratoga is expected to open in late April or early May.

Earlier on AOA: Follow up: Brew

Comments

Great news! This is a wonderful business run by lovely people and it's so nice to hear they're doing well enough to expand.

Love this place and am so glad to hear they're planning to stay, if not expand, on Lark. Exactly what the neighborhood needs!

This is so funny, my husband and I were just saying we'd love these guys to branch out to Troy. So what I'm saying is PLEASE COME TO TROY NEXT!

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