Our Story

dbros2How a couple of guys who’d never worked in a restaurant, never brewed beer, and never owned a business started a brewpub.

It was in the fall of 1993, during a visit to Baltimore, that my brothers Paul, John and I wandered into our first brewpub, Bill Oliver’s Wharf Rat. The ales were terrific and with every pint we drank we became more convinced we should start our own brewpub. After returning home to Glens Falls, John and I (recalling how convinced those ales made us) began to look into brewpubs, the microbrewing revolution, and our market.

We enjoyed two years of due diligence, researching the Glens Falls and Saratoga Springs markets and visiting many brewpubs and microbreweries.

In February of 1996, John and I, with the moral support of a dozen close friends, took the chance of a lifetime and made the winning bid on the building at 184 Glen Street in Glens Falls. We were officially in the brewpub business and Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery opened to the public on October 14, 1996.

I’d always thought that after everything it took to get the thing off the ground, I’d be overcome with emotion when that first dollar crossed the bar. But I was too busy.

We used that first dollar to buy more barley.

Been busy ever since.

Rick Davidson, Brewer and Owner

Process

Pub-SetupStay tuned for a video walkthrough of the Davidson Brothers approach to brewing, narrated by A.J. Davidson and shot and directed by Rick. Coming soon!

History of 184 Glen St

downbarWe bought our current building at 184 Glen Street in 1996. It was a great decision, but came with the kind of hard work you only find in old buildings. It was an all-hands-on-deck endeavor as we removed all the trash, junk, wiring, pipes and over 700 cubic yards of interior building materials from the 130-year-old building. Carpenters, plumbers, electricians, refrigeration specialists and more worked tirelessly for over 2 years to realize the vision we had for the space.

Today it sits proudly in the center of a thriving downtown, something we always knew would happen. We look forward to continuing to create history here in the Exchange Street Plaza.

Restaurant

Rustic, relaxed and ramped up to deliver the kind of food you need to have an Adirondack adventure or just the kind to, you know, satisfy your hunger. Light, heavy, basic, saucy, you name it, we’ve got it. Great for kids too, everything is already broken-in so no worries!

Reviews

“My work held my babyshower there. We had tons of room to sprawl out and the menu and staff managed to keep me (8.5months pregnant) and everyone else happy.” -Amanda, Glens Falls

“We were kind of surprised, we went in for the beer, but the food did more than hold its own.” -Tom, beer-nut

“I LOVE DB’s! I’d travel a hundred miles for a bowl of their Cheddar n’ Stout soup! This place is definitely as good as it gets in my book. A great place to gather with friends. The outdoor patio is great on a summer evening and you can usually catch a local live band/artist playing Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings!” -Dan B. Glens Falls

I discovered this place a few months ago, and since then it’s become my favorite place to grab a pint and fill my growlers. “Luckily it’s only ten minutes from exit 18 on Route 87 (about 45 minutes north of Albany). Two Davidson Brothers growlers live in my trunk, and each time I make a weekend run to my camp in the Adirondacks I swing by and fill them with Brown Ale.” -Wes, New Jersey

“Davidson Brothers does an outstanding job whenever the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce holds an event there. Rick and Kerry go above and beyond when it comes to putting out a display of food or making people feel welcome in their restaurant. They are very supportive of the Chamber and the local business community.” – Patti Pepe, ARCC Member Events Manager

Luck is Relative

We do things a little differently here, whether it’s the brewing of our beer or the way we offer to make things right (Ask us about our beer guarantee). This year we are celebrating 13 years in business, which to some people might be something you should just get through rather than call attention to it.

We say sing it from the rooftops, bring on the black cats, sidewalk cracks and ladders. Ringing in 13 years is a proud feat, particularly as we look back through the years.

When we started this restaurant we knew very little about brewing and were not yet worthy of the title restaurateur  (we still aren’t, being uncomfortable as we are with pronouncing words derived from French, though we do love our Québécois patrons!).

We had an idea and were determined to make it work. The streets weren’t bustling and our compatriots in downtown Glens Falls could be counted on one hand, but little by little our knowledge and neighbors grew.

Standing in Exchange Street Plaza today the landscape of Glens Falls is more than we could have ever hoped for and to be celebrating 13 years with the rich community of shops and eateries is nothing short of  amazing.

New Tap Handles

taphandlesSome people like belt buckles, some people collect spoons, us? Well, we like tap handles.  Call us quirky, but these nifty knobs and levers just do it for us.

Each Davidson beer is crafted with care, precision and passion. Our handles should be rendered with every bit as much energy as they are the face of our beers in over eighty locations throughout the Adirondacks.

The process of designing and creating the taphandles was not exactly what we’d call easy, but it was worth it. We’ll be sending out three new tap handles for our external locations. The Davidson mark sits atop each handle and their colors are drawn from the best of the Adirondacks— the green of a lush hiking trail after a late spring rain, the deep smoky blue of rocks through coursing river water and the irresistible blue of lake water sluicing over a white oar on a summer’s day.

Sound over the top? Wait until you taste our beer.

Davidson Brothers Mark

DBcorpFINw_GFAfter 12 years in business, we decided that, hey, maybe this gig was a good idea after all. Despite having served us incredibly well, we made the long trek to Trampoline Design (maybe 200 yards if you include the flight of stairs) to begin the process of getting a new logo. These guys drink our beer, order our specials and know things like whether it should be blue or black or gold.

Personally, we think it should taste good, the beer, not the logo, but hey, what do we know, maybe logos can be tasty…fast forward a few months and lo, our new mark proved very tasty indeed to the folks at the Albany Ad Club where it one the Identity category of the 2088 Nori’s.

Our old logo, beloved and bearing our faces, will now be available on “Limited Edition Merchandise” (read: yet-to-be-sold) available at our restaurant. The new mark, while I am still a bit mystified that they took our faces off, has a modern spin and makes it clear that we like beer.

From here on out, DB marks the spot for good beer.