ALBANY CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL:  150+ limited-release, special and otherwise thought-provoking beers; 12-3pm and 4-7pm on Saturday april 7, 2018. tickets capped at 750 per session.

In 2017, we set out to create an entire beer-drinking event paying homage to special, cutting-edge and limited beer. We've been to a lot of beer festivals (as attendees and representatives) and when the planning of our saga began in 2016, we knew immediately a few aspects that we wanted a certain way. Rather than accumulate a beer list and draw a line through it, charging more for the upper tier, we wanted to make a beer fest that consisted only of the upper tier! If you remember our beer list from last year, you know what we mean. If you don't, trust was 'woah'-worthy. And we're not a syndicated, traveling entertainment company; we're The Brew Crew - cornerstone beer stores proudly providing Albany's home refrigerators with craft beer since day one. Our point: we're rooted here and we love Albany deeply! This is why all sponsors and food vendors of Albany Craft Beer Week (and Festival) are brick and mortar craft beer stalwarts located in the city of Albany! We poured our hearts into year one and your support gave us a stellar turnout - thank you! We can't wait to share this wonderful experience with you again...and again!


The second-annual albany craft beer festival will be held at the washington avenue armory on april 7, 2018 for two sessions (12-3pm & 4-7pm). we invite you to experience the most intense lineup of special and thought-provoking beers the capital region has ever seen at a festival.


keep your eyes on this list;                  it grows all the way up                    until the last minute.




'LambicLand' Cantillon, 3 Fonteinen, Boon, Tilquin & more

3 Fonteinen** Gueuze, Oude Kriek, Intense Red

Allagash Pastiche, two TBA

Almanac Astounding Enterprises, Flavor Wheel: Ekuanot

Aslin Beer Co. TBA

Barrier three TBA

Bell's Whiskey Barrel-Aged Cherry Stout, Le Pianiste

Brooklyn two TBA

Brown's Fruited Sour, #hashtagIPA series

Bruery Bouffon, one TBA

Burial Peel Back The Dead Earth, one TBA

B. Nektar Death Unicorn, one TBA

B. United OEC Artista Zynergia Plumtastic Blend #2, BFM La Douze, Wild Beer Co. Somerset Wild, Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted "Querkus Ubhal"

Cantillon Classic Gueuze, Vigneronne, Saint Lamvinus,

Lou Pepe Gueuze

Captain Lawrence* Cuvee de Castleton, Barrel Select Gold, Fresh IPA TBA

Cascade Sang Rouge, Midnight Bramble

Common Roots* Rooted, three TBA

CH Evans/Albany Pump Station* four TBA

Chatham Brewing* two TBA

Crooked Stave two TBA

Crossroads Brewing*four TBA

Dark Horse JAA Black Raspberry, Cherry HomoSapien

Destihl Sour TBA

Dogfish Head* Puddinwine, 120 Minute, World Wide Stout

Druthers* Official Beer Week Beer, 3 more TBA

Equilibrium* IPAs TBD, Sour TBA

Evil Twin Maple Bourbon BA Biscotti Break, Double Barrel Biscotti Break, IPA TBA

Finback two TBA

Firestone Walker Pacific Gravity, Bretta Weisse, SLOambic

Fort Orange* three TBA

Founders* CBS, KBS (Randall)

Flying Dog  Whiskey BA Gonzo, Red Wine BA St. Eadman

Goose Island* Brasserie Noir, Halia

Graft* Book of Nomad, Cloud City, Banana Them All To Hell

Grimm two TBA

Half Acre Bourbon BA Big Hugs, one TBA

Hermit Thrush 2017 Cuvee, Groseille

Highway Manor two TBA

Hudson Valley Brewery two TBA

Indian Ladder Farms Brewery & Cidery* three TBA

Industrial Arts two TBA

Ithaca* two TBA

Jack's Abby* Blood Orange Leisure Time Lager, Kellerbier,

PB&J Framinghammer

Jester King Funk Metal, Reposé, La Vie en Rose, Kollaborationsbier #3

Jolly Pumpkin Turbo Bam, La Roja du Kriek, Oro de Calabaza


LIC Beer Project* BA Sour TBD, IPA TBD

Mikkeller Spontan-Passionfruit, TBA

New England Brewing Co.* (YEAH!) three TBA

Night Shift two TBA

Nine Pin* Brew Crew Blue (official ALBCBW collab), three TBA

Northway Brewing* Sunrise Session IPA, Perfect Day Pils, Burly Beard Oatmeal Stout

Ommegang* 'Breakfast Table' - ALB.CBW.2018 exclusive beer - A Belgian-style table beer brewed with blackberries, oats, lactose and coffee; a recipe we helped conceive and ONLY available at the festival!

Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy, one TBA

Other Half two TBA

Oxbow Infinite Darkness, Blueberry Deluxe

Paradox* Southern Hemisphere DIPA, BA Beer TBA

Peak Organic two IPAs TBA

Plan Bee two TBA

Right Proper August October, Cheree Cheree!

Rogue* two Brewery-only release TBA

Saranac* Pilot Batch Sour, Pilot Batch DIPA

Shelton Brothers several TBA

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot 2011, 2014, 2015 & 2016

SingleCut* Kinky Boots of Lead, IPA TBA, IIPA TBA

Sloop* IPA TBA, Sour TBA

Springdale* Tequila Me Softly, NE IPA/Pale Ale

Thomas Hardy's Ale 2004 vs. 2017 comparison tasting

Thin Man Hustler of Culture, Minkey Boodle

TO OL Sur Sorachi Ace

Tröegs* Dear Peter, Sir Peché, Wild Elf

TRVE Brewing Cursed

Victory* two Brewery Exclusive TBA

Zero Gravity two TBA


More to come! Bookmark this page and check back as you sip your coffee each morning or your tasty beer each night, because it's almost game time!

As you know, many of the breweries we feature are famous for their hoppy beers. Due to the importance of the freshness associated with IPAs, DIPAs and Pale Ales, confirmation of specific offerings won't happen until very close to party time. If you attended last year, you know we brought the noise!


Food City Beer Hall, Lost & Found, madison pourhouse

Music feel-good rock 'n' roll styled by Graham Tichy and the new lowdown

Festival Tickets

$65 | Three hours of sampling 150+ rare and limited-release beers from 50+ breweries and a 5oz commemorative alb.cbw.2018 tasting glass.