AMSDELL'S 1901 ALBANY XX ALE

Amber hued, C.H. Evans’ version of Amdell’s 1901 Albany XX Ale, is a slightly sweet light-mild ale, brewed with 100% New York grown 6-row pale and black malt, and corn grits. Brewery-made dark invert and corn sugar are also used, bringing the 1901’s ABV to 5.3%. New York grown heritage hops give it a mild yet complex finish, at 23 IBUs.

The first beer to be re-created is a 1901 recipe for Albany XX Ale, originally made by the Amsdell Brewing and Malting Company—the last brewery to make something called "Albany Ale".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.

 

Photo (top left):
Workers of the George I. Amsdell Brewery, c. 1895
Albumen photographic print
Courtesty of the Albany Institute of History & Art Library