C. H. Evans Brewing Company at the Albany Water Works (next to the Discover Albany Visitors Center), features up to 12 in-house brews, a spacious mezzanine and event space that accommodates up to 200 standing (64 seated). It also serves a bit of history: The red-brick building housed the city’s original water pumping station. Order a beer sampler for attendees, or take home a growler of your favorite craft beer after the event.

Druthers Brewing Co., also in downtown Albany, masters the art of craft brewing, with an award-winning year-round selection of beers and seasonal favorites. The Dare, Druthers’ German-style sour ale, won a gold medal at the 2014 World Beer Cup in Germany, while seasonal offerings such as the Harvest Apple cider and malty, caramel-y Winter Warmer win first place in our hearts.

Fort Orange Brewing blends great tasting beer with a family-friendly environment at its downtown area taproom, showcasing fresh and flavorful styles from across the country, including a Northeast IPA, Irish red and traditional pilsner and stout.