In 2010, beer bloggers Alan McLeod (agoodbeerblog.com) and Craig Gravina (drinkdrank1.com) stumbled across an early 19th-century advertisement for Albany Ale—but what exactly was Albany Ale? That question took them on a journey through history spanning nearly 400 years—from the arrival of the first Dutch brewers to the 21st century. Along the way, the duo has re-discovered the city’s mid-19th-century phenomenon—a double-strength XX ale, brewed across the city and exported around the world—known as Albany Ale.
Growing since 2010, this international research endeavor has been dubbed the Albany Ale Project and is focused on bringing the history and stories of an industry that helped to build the capital city of New York to light. Although Albany Ale no longer exists, the research being done by the Albany Ale Project is increasing interest in the oft-forgotten history of Albany’s brewing past – and the Ale that accompanied it.
One of the goals of the Albany Ale Project is to encourage collaboration and continued research and expansion of this project. We are always searching for relevant historical documents, records and images, as well as personal stories and histories.