The Capital District was once the largest brewing hub in the country beginning with the first Dutch settlers. Many of the Capital Districts founding fathers were brewers who made good use of the abundant locally grown hops and wheat. With the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 local brewers were able to transport their beer across the country. Unfortunately, shortly after the Civil War the local beer industry began to decline and Albany’s beer monopoly crumbled with the opening of bigger brewers. Today, the Capital Region is now seeing an influx of craft breweries opening. Tastes have changed and they want a beer full of body and life. Because of this, we created our Drink Upstate portfolio to highlight all the local craft beers and ciders.