1888 Biergarten

The 1888 Biergarten is our new outdoor Biergarten, located at 830 Varick Street.  The Biergarten is open seasonally (May – Snow). Hours are Thursdays 3-9pm and Fridays & Saturdays 11am-9pm. Our Biergarten offers outdoor seating, a ten-beer tap lineup, full bar, outdoor games, and a full food menu. 

Saranac Thursdays

At this time, we are not hosting Saranac Thursdays — however, stay connected with us on social media for event and live concert announcements!

General FAQs

Yes, our sampling bar is located on the first floor of our 1888 Tavern, located at 830 Varick Street. 

Hours of operations: Thursdays (3-7pm) and Fridays & Saturdays (11am-7pm).

Brewery Merchandise is available for sale on the first floor of our 1888 Tavern, located at 830 Varick Street. 

Hours of operations: Thursdays (3-7pm) and Fridays & Saturdays (11am-7pm).

For more information, please call 315-624-2399

Online Shop

Yes, our VIP Tour offers a behind-the-scenes tour of our brewery ending with a beer tasting of four different beers.  Please email tomw@saranac.com to book your 45-minute journey through one of America’s first breweries.

Visit our webpage for more information saranac.com/vip-tours/

Parking for visitors at the F.X. Matt Brewery is available on a first come first serve basis. Street parking is available in front of The 1888 Tavern on Varick Street. Parking on the weekends and after 6pm is available in the shipping lot. Please note, that cars left overnight in brewery parking lots will be towed at our discretion. Please bear with us as the Brewery works to expand production. Parking is very limited and street parking is encouraged.

If you’re planning to have a night out on the town, we highly recommend you take a taxi, a ride share, or get a designated driver. Be safe out there.

We’re always looking for good people to help grow our business, and to help spread the word. For any employment inquiries, please visit our Careers page to see the current openings.

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We enjoy supporting our local communities and would be interested in hearing from you. We ask that requests be submitted at least 3 weeks in advance, and that all sponsorship requests include the following information in writing:

Date/time/location of event
Contact person
Number of people expected at event
Beer sale/signage/media opportunities

E-mail: info@saranac.com 

Mail to:
Event Sponsorships
Matt Brewing Company
811 Edward St.
Utica, NY 13502

While we wish we could participate in all charitable causes-and do our best to engage in as many as possible – we have found it necessary to create some guidelines, noted below.

We can only accept donation requests from non-profit groups or organizations in our local area (Oneida County/Mohawk Valley/Central New York)

We are unable to consider donations to individual causes/events

We generally donate Saranac products on a buy-one-get-one-free basis, rather than contributing monetarily.

Because of the nature of our business, we are also unable to support or make donations to groups or organizations that benefit children under the legal drinking age of 21.

Saranac is an Iroquois word meaning “Cluster of Stars” – a name fitting for a beer brewed in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, home to the Iroquois Native Americans. Not only do we brew our beers from the water that flows from the Adirondacks and the grains that grow in its soil, we also like to think of our family of beers as a cluster of stars – each unique and brilliant in its own way.

Use the ‘Beer Finder’ on our website to find retailers closest to you. If that doesn’t work, feel free to get in touch via Twitter or Facebook; we’ll get back to you soon.

Brew Finder

We wish there was an easy answer to this question. Trust us, we would love to be everywhere you are. Second best answer would be that we could ship you what you’re looking for, but unfortunately federal regulations prohibit us from doing so. Sadly, we can only hope you’ll continue your search of Saranac when you cross state lines, visit us in Utica and continue to spread the word. Some say demand creates supply.

Our website proudly displays our offering of core products available all year long including Pale Ale, Legacy IPA, Adirondack Lager and GEN IV. Depending on the season, our website will also introduce you to our limited release seasonal brews and seasonal mixed packs. For of-the-moment news on our latest product releases and to share your favorites join us on Facebook.

Our brewing philosophy is to create “round” beers. In simple terms that means we want our beers to be unique yet drinkable, so you can enjoy them one after another. So we have a team of master brewers that is committed to making really drinkable beers, but also thinking about how we can integrate interesting ingredients and incorporate new brewing processes so that you can taste our commitment to quality in each bottle.

It’s in our best interest to make sure you’re drinking fresh beer, so trust us, we do our best. But if your beer doesn’t taste quite right, check the Julian date on the bottle shoulder (just above the label). The first three digits represent the day of the year (out of 365) and the fourth digit represents the year the bottle was produced.

Sorry we haven’t answered your questions here, but look forward to hearing from you.

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