Schenectady Ale Trail

Great Flats Brewing

Great Flats Brewing in downtown Schenectady.

There is now a Schenectady Ale Trail and -- as you might guess from the name -- it's a collection of craft brewers in Schenectady County that are already operating or will be soon:

+ Frog Alley Brewery - opening soon in the new Mill Artisan District development in downtown Schenectady
+ Wolf Hollow Brewery - Glenville
+ Great Flats Brewery - downtown Schenectady
+ Mad Jack Brewery - in the Stockade in Schenectady
+ Druthers Brewery - Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady
+ Back Barn Brewery - opening in 2019 in Duanesburg

The marketing effort is offering a digital passport program for $40, which includes a free beer flight at each of the breweries. And if you go to all stops, you can get a free t-shirt.

The announcement of the Schenectady Ale Trail from Discover Schenectady also included some bits about the various brewing system capacities and production at the participating breweries that might be interesting to beer nerds. They're below.

Capital Craft Beverage Trail

As you might already know, there's also a Capital Craft Beverage Trail that includes craft beverage producers -- breweries, cideries, wineries, distilleries, and meaderies -- across the region. It also has a passport program. The passport is free and if you collect stamps at the various stops you can redeem them for prizes.

Schenectady Ale Trail brewing bits

From Discover Schenectady:

+ Wolf Hollow Brewery has 7 barrels which produces 1,000 barrels a year. They have 12 employees.
+ Mad Jack Brewery utilizes a 10 barrel facility, and produces 600-700 barrels per year. They have 32 employees.
+ Great Flats Brewery uses a 7-barrel system to produce 250 barrels per year, and has 2 part-time employees.
+ Frog Alley Brewery has a 3.5 and 17 barrel system and has the capacity to produce 14,000 barrels per year, although projections are for 6,000 in the first year. They have 5 employees.
+ Druthers has a 10 barrel system and produces 1,000 barrels per year. They have 65 employees.
+ Back Barn Brewery has 7 barrels, and will begin production in early 2019 with approximately 650 barrels to start. They currently have 5 employees.

A barrel is 31 gallons, or almost 250 pints.


+ Here's a map of every brewery in New York State (2018 February)

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