For my 2017 side project, I decided to marry three interests: design, beer, and history. The goal is to resurrect long closed breweries with a fresh look—every Monday through Friday. This is meant to be a quick daily project so I set aside an hour for research and branding on the weekend, then each design gets an hour max.
Beverwyck Brewing opened in 1878 on North Ferry Street in Albany, NY. During this time Albany was listed as having 80 breweries. Yes, 80 breweries. Prohibition forced Beverwyck to use its non-alcoholic beverage license to stay open until 1933 when it reopened with beer. F.M. Schaefer & Sons Brewing Co. acquired Beverwyck in 1950 and eventually closed it down in 1972.
The Albany area wouldn't be anything without being on an early American "highway". Enter the Port—er of Albany at 8.5%
For day two of the year, I am creating a collaboration that I assume would have eventually happened. Beverwyck Brewing and Meadow Brook Farm in Clarksville for a milk stout. I can remember some family getting the glass bottles delivered and the insulated metal box on the front steps.
For day three we explore the Albany Pine Bush; one of the largest of the 20 inland pine barrens in the world. So the obvious style for this ecological landmark is a double IPA. The Boy Scouts taught me to be prepared, so pack two for the trail.
The Troy board… or Toohey board? Called by either name, this type of dart board is from Troy, NY. With large diameter feathered wooden darts you would have to side step the shooting line to fit all three darts in a tight pattern. That is why the board has a larger bull and no triple. Being a solid basswood and double sided make these very long lasting for home or local pubs. If you want one there is a local business in Fonda, NY that sells them: Mohawk Dart Boards. My connection is quite a few family and friends having these in their basement rec-rooms. As a kid, I may have thrown a few darts from across the room—baseball style. *Sorry aunt Joyce & uncle Warren if you’re reading this.
The tale of the “baker’s dozen” is from Albany? Fable, fact, who cares. Below is the tale from Charles M. Skinner’s book Myths and Legends of our Own Land. For the style of beer, I thought a winter ale was in order. Along the same lines as a cookie ale; higher in alcohol and a bit sweeter.