AMSDELL'S 1901 ALBANY XX ALE
The first beer to be re-created is a 1901 recipe for Albany XX Ale, originally made by the Amsdell Brewing and Malting Company—the last brewery to make something called "Albany Ale". The basis for this recreation is from an Amsdell brew log held in the collections of the Albany Institute of History & Art.
Opened in 1854, George and Theodore Amsdell’s brewery on Lancaster, Jay and Dove Streets, grew to be one of the dominant breweries on the East Coast. The brewery owed much of its success to its version of Albany XX Ale, and would continue the Albany Ale name until its closure just before the start national prohibition in 1920. Although the 1901 beer is quite different from those beers made during the 1850s heyday of Albany Ale, it does share the original's double XX strength and name.