Daily Archives: June 17, 2011

Albany Imperial XX Ales

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John Taylor brewery

I have some doubts as to whether this 1857 view of John Taylor & Sons’ brewery operations, where they made Albany Imperial XX Ales, was from Albany or perhaps their New York or Boston depots, both of which were also on the waterfront. The brewery was at Broadway and Arch Streets, but the back side aligned with Quay Street, right along the river, so it’s possible this view is of Albany. It’d be easier to be sure if I could identify those church steeples in the background, but that area is so changed.

Albany, again because of its important location in the mid-19th century, was one of the early beer capitals, exporting beer and ale at a time when it was mostly locally brewed. There is much more on Albany ales here.