Albany has a history of coming in first. We are America's oldest city, home of the first bakers' dozen, the first grand slam, and the first brewery. In fact, Albany and beer have been tied together since the city's earliest Dutch settlers arrived. Today, the tradition continues at our local breweries and craft beverage producers. Imbibe our history by sipping your way through 400 years of brewing culture.


• Catch the spirit of Albany when you take the tasting tour at Albany Distilling Company, the city's first spirits manufacturer since Prohibition.

• Sip cider at Nine Pin Cider Works and learn why cider has become the hip new beverage.

• Brunch at Wolff's Biergarten and catch a soccer game with the rest of the "football" fans.

• Order up a flight of hand-crafted beers at downtown's own CH Evans Brewing Company at the historic Albany Pump Station. • Pair wine and farm-fresh cheese at Hudson-Chatham Winery in lush Columbia County.

• Learn brewing from a master brewer, who's won three gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival at Druthers Brewing Company in Albany's Warehouse District.

• Sample the sweet wines crafted at Brookview Station Winery in the quaint community of Castleton, NY.

Click the link below to learn more about Albany's craft beverages.