New York’s cities are filled with many great breweries. However, when you’re traveling through a rural area of the state, it’s often to find a craft brewery to try. Fortunately, Fulton County is home to Stump City Brewing.
Stump City Brewing opened in early 2017 outside of Gloversville, New York. The brewery is located in a small building behind several homes. In fact, when I visited, I thought for a second I was turning into someone’s driveway.
The wood-clad tasting room fits right into the rural feel of the area and is home to both a tasting room and their brewery. Adjacent to the tasting room is a nice outdoor patio which is perfect for those that visit during the warm months of the year.
The interior tasting room is not overly large and features a small number of tables and a nice bar. On the tables, there are peanuts for visitors to enjoy, and shells are simply tossed on the floor when you are finished. While I enjoyed this touch, those with peanut allergies or neat freaks might need to look elsewhere.
During my visit, there were seven beers available that covered a wide range of styles ensuring there’s a bit of something for everyone. They also had a cider and Graft, which was a mixture of beer and locally made cider.
Since I hadn’t visited before, I opted for a flight which included my pick of four of the nine beverages on draft. On my flight, I got Stump City Red Ale, the FJ&G IPA, Stump City Secret Cider, and Graft.
Both of the beers were tasty, though neither stood out as extraordinary. Of the two, the red ale was my favorite as it had a really nice malty flavor.
The Stump City Secret Cider was incredibly sweet, but once I got past the initial shock, I quite enjoyed it. I felt that it had a bit of a pear flavor and if you enjoy super sweet drinks, you are sure to like this cider.
Of all the drinks I tried at Stump City Brewing, Graft was obviously the most unique. This hybrid alcoholic drink is made from a mix of beer and cider from the nearby Roger’s Cideryard. The mixture is then aged in a red wine barrel before being offered in the tasting room.
Graft has a very unique taste and a dark brown color. It was a bit tart, but not horribly so. While it’s honestly a bit difficult to describe, I enjoyed it, and I’d definitely recommend trying it for yourself when you visit.
Stump City Brewing is located about 15 minutes north of I-90 and an hour northwest of downtown Albany. While I wouldn’t consider it among the best breweries in New York, at least not yet, it’s a solid option for those wanting to try some unique craft beers while visiting Fulton County, New York.
Stump City Brewing
Hours: Open Friday-Sunday
Address: 521 West Fulton St