Druthers Brewing postponed in Clifton Park, new brewery for Ballston Spa


The Clifton Park location of Druthers Brewing, the Saratoga Springs-based company’s fourth brewpub, has been delayed again and is now projected to open in October. 

In August, Druthers announced that the location, a new standalone building at 7 Southside Drive, near the Clifton Park Center shopping campus, would open Sept. 15. The company said last week that it was still seeking an unspecified permit, then on Tuesday clarified that it was “waiting on our liquor license.”

According to the State Liquor Authority, the approval time for a full liquor license is now about 26 weeks, or six and a half months. In acknowledgement of the lengthy wait, the agency recommends applicants file for a temporary license, typically granted in two to four weeks, allowing a business to be open and earning revenue months sooner.

Druthers did not apply for a temporary license when it submitted its application in late April, according to an SLA spokesman. Aware of Druthers’ hope to open last week, an agency representative recommended applying for a temporary license, which Druthers did last week, the spokesman said.

In other beer news, the new Speckled Pig Brewing in Ballston Spa will hold its grand opening starting at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. It is located at 11 Washington St., a former dress factory that had been vacant for decades. 

Speckled Pig currently has eight of its own beers on tap, plus one outside beer and one hard cider. The menu, not yet online, is said to include charcuterie boards, soft pretzels and wood-fired pizza from an oven with the brewery’s logo on the side.

Regular hours will be 4 to 9 p.m.  Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m.  Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, 4 to 9 p.m. Monday, closed Tuesday and Wednesday. 

In yet more beer news, 677 Prime in Albany will host a beer dinner in coordination with the locally founded True Brew America magazine, scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13. The six-course, seven-beer menu includes cocoa-cured foie gras torchon, butter-poached halibut and venison rack chop. Participating local breweries, chosen by True Brew founder and certified cicerone Erik Budrakey, are Real McCoy Brewing, Brewery Ommegang, Common Roots Brewing, Frog Alley Brewing, Unified Beerworks, Wolf Hollow Brewing and Paradox Brewing. 

The price is $116.48, including tax, tip and ticketing fees. Advance online purchase is required.

The restaurant is located at 677 Broadway.

Finally, the Mohawk Hudson Folklife Festival, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Washington park Lakehouse in Albany, will showcase cultures from around the world through performances, art, food and crafts.

The schedule for food demonstrations:

11:30 a.m. to12:15 p.m.: Karen fried gourd and fish with Saw Dabu

1:30 to 2:15 p.m.: Dominican empanada with Santa Cabrera

3:30 to 4:15 p.m.: Congolese samusa with Huguette Tshiamua

Health regulations preclude sharing samples of the demonstrated foods with the public. Food available for purchase will include Karen food from Thai Orchid in Rensselaer, Aghan food from Halal BBQ in Albany and Mexican food Troy-based La Capital Tacos. 




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