I’ve been told by a few co-workers over and over again that I need to check out Wolf Hollow Brewing Company in Glenville, NY. While a little out of our way, the promise of good beer and barbecue brought my fiancé and I out to this Capital Craft Beverage Trail stop, and we were not disappointed. The brewery has an outdoor patio with picnic tables as well as plenty of seating indoors. The brewing equipment is also out and visible from the tables, separated by a small divider. We met up with some friends that frequent Wolf Hollow and they told us that the brewery will often have bands play right in front of the fermenters.
Inside the brewery there is a counter for Buzzards Bay Barbecue, selling low and slow smoked meats, and other beer-friendly snacks. We were lucky enough to score a Groupon that included two flights and an empty growler (still available at the time of this posting), so we grabbed some beers to taste and some BBQ to indulge in. I enjoyed the smoked brisket sandwich that was piled high and exploding with flavor, served with a side of chips and coleslaw. My fiancé, an avid backyard barbecuer, tried the ribs and was pleasantly surprised. He found them sticky and delicious, and just a bit too “fall off the bone” for his taste, but rib compliments from him are certainly high praise. I would definitely come back for this barbecue and am also intrigued to try their less traditional items like Beer Cheese Nachos and BBQ Mac & Cheese.
Flights at Wolf Hollow consist of five sample pours in mini mason jars, and normally cost $10 if you aren’t using a Groupon. I started off my flight with the “Mourning Monk”, a Belgian session pale ale. This beer pours a light golden yellow with lots of bubbly carbonation. The Belgian yeast flavor is prominent with a hint of citrus hops and is light and crisp to drink. This beer is perfect easy-drinking for a warm summer day. Next up was “Alexa!” a Vienna lager, which poured a crystal-clear light amber color. This is just a straight up yummy lager with those classic and clean sweet, malty, and bready flavors. I suggested this beer to my non-hop loving friend and it was her favorite beer of the day. I, of course, had to try one of their IPA’s and I went with the west-coast style “District 6”, which uses Columbus, Chinook, and Centennial hops. This pale, straw yellow ale, was unfortunately my least favorite of the flight. While spicy and piney, it just seemed muted to me and left me wanting more.
The Black IPA, “Midnight Dreary” however, impressed me with its sharp contrast between dark roasted malts and piney hops. This beer pours a dark black and has hints of coffee and chocolate intermixed with its bitter hop notes. This is a style not often found in many breweries, and Wolf Hollow is doing it well. Finally, I finished off my flight with “My Favorite Uncle”, an imperial red ale. At 9.0% ABV, this beer is dangerous, as that booze is well hidden by the creamy mouthfeel and full body. This sweet and malty beer was my favorite pour of the flight. Thanks to our Groupon, we also now had a growler to fill and we chose “Summer Nights”; a collaboration with other local Schenectady breweries Mad Jack and Great Flats. This American pale lager featured Amarillo hops, and was crisp and light drinking that is, well, perfect for Summer Nights.
The lineup at Wolf Hollow is extensive and diverse, with something for everyone from Belgian style ales to malty lagers. While their IPA wasn’t my favorite, I found their other styles delicious and will definitely be making a trip back there again. Since my last visit, I have seen on social media that Wolf Hollow is now also offering beer-to-go in cans. Be sure to get your Capital Craft Beverage Trail passport stamped when you visit to keep working towards those rewards!