[New York - Albany] Druthers Brewing Company

Druthers Brewing Company was one of the highest rated restaurants in Albany. 

Since I enjoy checking out craft breweries and we were in the area, we decided to check it out for lunch (lunch menu below).

To start the meal, I got the No Excuses. This was not as hoppy as I typically like my beer. That being said, it was a nice, light flavored beer for a midday treat. It's nice and fruity. I could taste the slight acidic pineapple flavor. It melded well with the citrus flavor.

We HAD to get the Beer Cheese Dip, which came with a mountain of Bavarian-style pretzels.

OH MY GOSH. These pretzels were SO GOOD! At first, I was a little iffy that the pretzels were all cut up already, but I was kind of happy they did this. It made it a very shareable appetizer, so I would definitely recommend this if you're there with a group.
If you've never had beer cheese before (like my boyfriend), then you're in for a treat. If you're from the Midwest like me, you'll be happy to know that this was actually pretty quality beer cheese. Sometimes beer cheese gets a little grainy, I'm not sure why, but it does. This beer cheese was quite smooth and flavorful.

The pretzel was so buttery and fluffy, yet somewhat crunchy. Word from experience, these also make great leftovers :)

This is the Black and Bleu Burger. This was a hefty burger. All the flavors worked so well together. The burger was nice and juicy and made to order. The creamy bleu cheese was great with the bacon. The smoky barbecue sauce also added a nice flavor, especially combined with the ancho rub.

These fries! The best type of fries - crunchy, well seasoned, and shoestring cut. They were perfectly crispy without being greasy. They were still sufficiently potato-y inside.

This is the lunch Fried Mortadella Sammy with potato chips. This was an odd choice for me. It seemed somewhat unique to me, but I think many of the other options would have been more up my alley. Don't get me wrong. This was a solid sandwich, but I'm not a huge fan of pork. The flavors were quite savory, which I appreciated, but it was somewhat salty.

The potato chips were delicious, though. Get my potato chip queen stamp of approval.
This is the interior view. There's two sides of the restaurant when you come in. The left side has more of a family/dining room ambiance.

The middle of the large space has a nice seating area with a fireplace. It's quite cozy in the winter and broke up the large, open area well.

The right side has the bar and is more of a bar atmosphere with big, high tables, etc.
These are the menus.

The beer list:

The wine list:

The lunch menu:

The food menu:

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