Albany

Amsdell Brothers Brewery

Back when Albany Ale was king, Amsdell Brothers were a major brewer and distributor. Their brewery stretched from 135 to 145 Jay Street, in a time when hyphenating addresses was apparently not in vogue. “The Empire State: Its Industries and Wealth” explains that: “An opinion once prevailed among certain classes of the community, that first-class …

Colvin’s portable canvas boat

The “Maria Theresa” made by Troy’s Waters & Sons isn’t the only Capital District boat somewhere deep in the Smithsonian’s collection. Famed Adirondack surveyor Verplanck Colvin, whose adventures measuring the wilderness certainly called for a lightweight method of travel, patented a portable canvas boat that was, like the Maria Theresa, displayed by the Smithsonian at …

Hoxsie’s evil twin?

As has been explained before, this blog was named for an amazing advertisement featuring a charming rooster proclaiming “HOXSIE!”, the name of a local maker of various sodas,sarsaparilla, lager beer and cider. I was so smitten with that rooster’s simple message that I just had to name my local Capital District history site after it. …