Saranac Thursdays

Is Saranac Thursdays for all ages?

Saranac Thursdays are 21+ only. No one under the age of 21 will be admitted under any circumstances.

Can I bring a chair?

Feel free to bring a chair and make yourself comfortable. Limited seating is available on premise at picnic tables. If you do bring a chair, please keep it to the back or sides of the venue. Our staff retains the right to ask you to move your seat.

What if it rains?

Saranac Thursdays are weather permitting. On days we expect poor weather we make every effort to release information as soon as possible regarding the event. Please refer to social media for the latest updates. A little rain doesn’t usually deter us, but heavy downpour and lightning will cause us to cancel.

What are the hours for Saranac Thursday?

Saranac Thursday gates open at 5:30 PM. The band starts at 6:00 PM and plays until 9:00 PM with a short set break in the middle.


Summer Jams Concert Series

Is it all ages?

YES! Our Summer Jams Concert Series shows are all ages. Everyone will be proofed by staff at the door. Please have your tickets and ID’s available at the gate.

What if it rains?

The Summer Concert Series is rain or shine. In the event of lightning in the area we will ask our attendees to seek shelter. When/if the storm passes we will allow for re-admittance weather permitting.


General FAQs

Do you have a tasting room?

Yes! It’s the original 1888 tavern, offering visitors a taste of the heritage and authenticity that runs throughout our brewery, and our beers. The tavern is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm-6pm.

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Do you have a gift shop?

Gift Shop hours: Tuesday- Saturday from 12pm to 6pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays as well as all major holidays.
For more information, please call 1-800-765-6288.

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Do you offer tours of your brewery?

We do indeed, and we would love to have you visit our fourth-generation, family-run brewery.

We offer tours:

  • June through August, Monday through Saturday at: 1:00  |  2:00  |  3:00  |  4:00  |  5:00  |  6:00 pm
  • September through May, Friday & Saturday at: 1:00  |  2:00  |  3:00  |  4:00 pm
  • Closed Sundays and Mondays and all major holidays
  • We don’t take tour reservations, although, if you have a larger group coming to take a tour (10+) please give us a call and let us know you’ll be coming
  • Tours typically run about 45 minutes to one hour. Don’t forget to plan some extra time for the best part… our tasting room
  • For more information, call: 1-800-765-6288.

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Is parking available at the brewery?

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 Brewery Shop 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.

Booking a party?

To book a party, meeting, private tour or any other private event please send an email to with your Name, Phone Number, Best Time to Contact, and pertinent event details. We will reach out to you in a timely manner.

How do I apply for a job at Saranac?

We’re always looking for good people to help grow our business, and to help spread the word. For any employment inquired, please use the form on our contact page to get in touch!

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What is your event sponsorship and donation policy?

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

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 product 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.
What is the meaning of the word Saranac?

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.

Where is Saranac available?

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.

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What if Saranac isn’t available in my state?

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.

How can I find out if a certain Saranac product is still available?

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.

Where do you beer ideas come from?

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.

How can I tell when my beer was packaged?

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.

I still need answers to my questions, how can I get in touch?

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

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