1888 Biergarten

We have opened an outdoor Biergarten ‘1888 Biergarten’. The 1888 Biergarten will be open Thursdays and Fridays 3-8pm and is located at the Brewery’s courtyard. The 1888 Biergarten will offer socially distanced seating, a ten-beer tap lineup, outdoor games, and a rotation of Food Trucks and local food vendors throughout the summer.

Saranac Thursdays

What are the hours for Saranac Thursday?

Saranac Thursday (as well as all other events) are canceled until 2021 due to Covid.

 

General FAQs

Do you have a tasting room?

Our tasting room, the 1888 Tavern, will be closed until 2021 due to Covid.

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Do you have a gift shop?

Tuesday – Friday : 12-4pm and shop open (mask required). The Tavern will be closed until further notice due to Covid
For more information, please call 1-800-765-6288.

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Do you offer tours of your brewery?

There will be no tours running until 2021 due to Covid.

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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.

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.

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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