Fort Orange Brewing Planning October Opening

September 11, 2017 - Fort Orange Brewing ConstructionJoining the Albany warehouse district’s dynamic cluster of craft beverage producers, Fort Orange Brewing is on track for a mid-to late October opening at 450 North Pearl Street. Fort Orange Brewing will be located within a few blocks of Druthers Brewing Co., Nine Pin Ciderworks, and Albany Distilling Co., which is set to open a retail store and tasting room at 75 Livingston Avenue.

Since the 2012 passage of New York Farm Brewery legislation and continued support from Governor Cuomo, the number of craft breweries in New York more than tripled between 2012 and 2017. Today, craft beverage producers across the state have an economic impact of $4 billion. Having a major impact on downtowns and urban centers across the state, downtown Albany and the warehouse district is no exception. 

Adjacent to downtown Albany, the warehouse district was a focus of the Impact Downtown Albany strategic plan as a critical complement to the momentum driving growth in the downtown core. As Plan implementation continues, the warehouse district is thriving with a rush of new interest from developers around the region. The Albany Craft Beverage Trail emerged and the district has become a brewing powerhouse. With craft beverage producers complementing a mix of vibrant businesses, new investments are being catalyzed in the district.

With work under way to fit up the former industrial warehouse with a taproom and brewing equipment, the brewery has launched an online fundraising campaign to assist with the building of its taproom. The brewery is currently planned to be open Thursday-Sunday to serve a rotating mix of four to six of its beers on draft. Fort Orange will make several types of beer, with a New England-style IPA among its specialties.