Craft brewery under construction in Schenectady

Site of what will become Great Flats Brewing
Harry Whalen
On Christmas Eve, I posted a compilation of all the craft brewing operations in the Greater Capital Region. Here we are barely two weeks into 2017 and I need to update it.

The reason: Great Flats Brewing is being built in Schenectady.

Harry Whalen, who is in the process of moving to the city from Greenwich, Washington County, is building the brewery at 151 Lafayette Street, a venue that became available when Crossfit 518 moved to North College Street. It's recognizable by the glass rollup doors left over from when it was a vehicle service garage.

When completed, Great Flats -- named for the aquifer supplying the city's, and Whalen's, drinking water -- will include brewing space and patron seating space with a bar. While the project has no connection with the neighboring Firestone 151 Bar & Restaurant, its beer may be sold there. Whalen, incidentally, will be hiring a brewer to create his products.

At this time, there are no website or Facebook page for Great Flats, although there is @greatflats on Twitter.

As I noted in December, depending on how one draws the imaginary boundaries of the geographic area loosely known as the "Greater Capital Region," the number of micro, nano and craft breweries inhabiting it ebbs and flows.

I keep the definition rather loose, given the propensity of people in this area to travel a bit to attend the many drinks and food shows and festivals with which it abounds. Thus, certain nearby parts of the Adirondacks, Catskills and Cooperstown area are included in my latest compilation of breweries, which includes at least one other scheduled to open early this year, that is approaching the 50 mark. To be specific, by my count we are at 48. Here they are, in alphabetical order:
    1. Adirondack Pub & Brewery, 33 Canada Street, Lake George
    2. Argyle Brewing, One Main Street, Greenwich
    3. Artisinal Brew Works, 41 Geyser Road, Saratoga Springs 
    4. Battle Hill Brewing Co., 4 Charles Street, Fort Ann
    5. Beer Diviner, 461 Broadway, Troy, and 243 Bly Hollow Road, Petersburg
    6. Big Slide Brewery & Public House, 5686 Cascade Road, Lake Placid 
    7. Big Tupper Brewing, 12 Cliff Avenue, Tupper Lake
    8. Brewery LaHoff, 50 Vedder Road, Coxsackie (to open this year)
    9. Brewery Ommegang, 656 County Highway 33, Cooperstown
    10. Brown's Brewing Co., 417 River Street, Troy, and 50 Factory Hill Road, North Hoosick
    11. Cave Mountain Brewing Co., 5359 State Route 23, Windham
    12. Chatham Brewing, 59 Main Street, Chatham
    13. C.H. Evans Brewing/Albany Pump Station, 19 Quackenbush Square, Albany
    14. Common Roots Brewing Co., 58 Saratoga Avenue, South Glens Falls
    15. Cooper's Cave Ale Co., 2 Sagamore Street, Glens Falls
    16. Cooperstown Brewing Co., 110 River Street, Milford  
    17. Council Rock Brewery, 4861 State Highway 28, Cooperstown
    18. Crossroads Brewing Co., 21 Second Street, Athens
    19. Davidson Brothers Brewing Co., 184 Glen Street, Glens Falls
    20. Druthers, 381 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, and 1053 Broadway, Albany
    21. Dutch Ale House, 255 Main Street, Saugerties
    22. Great Adirondack Brewing Co., 2442 Main Street, Lake Placid
    23. Great Flats Brewing, 151 Lafayette Street, Schenectady (to open this year)
    24. Green Wolf Brewing, 315 Main Street, Middleburgh
    25. Hank Hudson Brewing, The Fairways of Halfmoon, 17 Johnson Road, Mechanicville
    26. Helderberg Brewery, Carey Institute for Global Good, 100 Pond Hill Road, Rensselaerville 
    27. Helderberg Mountain Brewing Co., 141 Warners Lake Road, East Berne
    28. Honey Hollow Brewing Co., 376 East Honey Hollow Road, Earlton
    29. Hudson Brewing Co., 99 South 3rd Street, Hudson
    30. Indian Ladder Farmstead Brewery and Cidery, 342 Altamont-Voorheesville Road, Altamont
    31. Lake Placid Pub & Brewery, 813 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid  
    32. Mad Jack Brewing, The Van Dyck Lounge,237 Union Street, Schenectady
    33. Mean Max Brew Works, 193 Glen Street, Glens Falls
    34. Olde Saratoga Brewing Co., 131 Excelsior Avenue, Saratoga Springs 
    35. Paradox Brewery, 154 Route 9, Schroon Lake 
    36. Racquette River Brewing, 11 Balsam Street, Tupper Lake,
    37. Rare Form Brewing Co., 90 Congress Street, Troy  
    38. Real McCoy Beer Co., 20 Hallwood Road, Delmar
    39. Red Shed Brewery, 817 Butterbowl Road, Cherry Valley
    40. Rip Van Winkle Brewing, Angela's Italian Bistro & Brewery, 4545 NY Route 32, Catskill
    41. R.S. Taylor & Sons Brewery, 3602 County Route 30, Salem
    42. Serious Brewing Co., 116 Caverns Road, Howes Cave
    43. Shmaltz Brewing Co., 6 Fairchild Square, Clifton Park
    44. Sloop Brewing, 1065 County Route 19, Elizaville
    45. S&S Farm Brewery, 174 Middle Road, Nassau
    46. Steadfast Beer Co., 90 State Street, Albany
    47. Suarez Family Brewery, 2278 Route 9, Livingston
    48. Wolf Hollow Brewing Co., 6882 Amsterdam Road, Glenville

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