Druthers Brew Pub opens on Broadway in Saratoga
With a new beer garden already open at the track and now a brew pub opening its doors on Broadway, Saratoga Springs appears to be a beer drinker’s paradise. YNN's Matt Hunter has more on the grand opening of Druthers Brew Pub.
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SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY -- "We had always loved brew pubs, visited brew pubs and couldn't believe that [downtown] Saratoga didn't have a brew pub, so we kind of thought 'let's focus on that,'" Chris Martell said.
That was the driving motivation behind brothers Chris and Brian Martell's decision to go into business together back in 2008.
Roughly four years later, the end result is Druthers Brew Pub, the newest business to open its doors on Broadway in Saratoga Springs.
"It's one of those things where the property is built, we're ready to go and we're excited, we're excited to open the doors here," Martell said.
Druthers, which officially opened for business Wednesday morning, is the first brew pub on Broadway.
It features outdoor and inside seating and a full brewing operation upstairs.
The first wave of customers had four specially made craft brews to choose from, all created by Chief Brewing Officer George DePiro.
"I think a brew pub is right for any town in America, indeed, any town in the world. Maybe I have a biased opinion," DePiro said.
"The great part about George DePiro is he can go across different varieties. He's got great Germans, great Belgians and great American style beers," Martell said.
In addition to its frosty beverages, Druthers brings with it jobs for 47 new employees; providing a sizeable boost to the local economy.
"It's not just about the ambiance, it's the economics. It's bringing revenue downtown, creating jobs, expanding our tax base for the physical improvements, plus the additional sales tax," Saratoga Springs Mayor Scott Johnson said.
Open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week, Druthers opens midway through racing season with a chance to make an immediate name for itself. The owners say they wouldn't have it any other way.
"I've got a pit in my stomach and yet, I'm really excited too,” DePiro said. “It's the weirdest feeling."
"Especially the last two months have been real crunch time but we've made it, so very excited but also a little nervous," Martell said.