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Established in 2015 at its main brew site in Delmar thirty miles south, the village of Ballston Spa now houses the small secondary satellite taproom of small-batch farmhouse brewery, REAL MC COY BEER CO. Only one mile from Speckled Pig behind a post office in a bright yellow house, this second site came to fruition, November ’20.

Located at the birthplace of Abner Doubleday, a high ranking 19th century military officer best known as the inventor of baseball, Real Mc Coy’s casual coffeehouse-like atmosphere spreads to its cozy eight-seat wood bar, orange plastic furnishings, interesting wall maps, small fireplace and pantry. Two small tables near the front and eight-seat community tables fill out this quaint beer cafe.

My wife and I consumed three fine proprietary beers on site while visiting November ’22 and I sank another three two months hence on New Years Eve at an antique side table in the cozy side lounge.

The Real McCoy Beer Co.

Crisp German-styled light pilsner, Schuyler, let spritzy lemon liming and mild herbal musk top maize-dried mineral graining.

Herbal lemondrop tartness tempered the banana-clove sweetness of No Name Hefe, leaving a trace of sourdough breading on the spicy plantain finish.

Spicy grapefruit, orange and pineapple tanginess picked up red apple and Bosc pear crisping for Doubleday IPA, an Imperial styled medium body with dry pine tones drifting thru distant fennel, anise and carrot snips.

Dry bronze-hued Her Majesty’s Malt ESB retained a dewy earthiness, waddle-seeded rye spicing and brown rice over caramelized brown breading.

Better still, English Coffee Infused ESB let pre-roasted coffee tones dominate peaty black tea musk and black tea tannins. Try with a lemon twist.

Lovely soft-toned flagship, Delmartian New England IPA, flung lemony grapefruit zesting at sour gooseberry-guava tartness and dry wooded herbage.


Speckled Pig Brewing | Ballston Spa NY


In the quaint village of Ballston Spa, downtown watering hole, SPECKLED PIG BREWING COMPANY, was established in 2022. A friendly neighborhood pub utilizing New York grown ingredients for its beer and food, Speckled Pig (a renovated vacant dress factory) retains a rustic warehouse appeal. A pasty white freestanding building with multiple dark windows, its roomy interior includes a 70-seat taproom with wood-fired pizza ovens, granite top bar, olden wood floors and left side brew tanks.

I sat at the Edison light-strung wood porch in November ’22 with wife and dog to enjoy five diverse brews.

Mexican light lager, The Gringo, brought slightly sour lime-juiced spritz, salty lemon-seeded mandarin orange zip and mild agave spicing to toasted Telera breading.

Brown leafed foliage, honeyed black tea and toffee spicing made up Sweater Weather, a crisply moderate-bodied Oktoberfest.

Dry orange oiling and sedate lemon spicing guarded Sands Souci Pale Ale, leaving herbal hop astringency on its slightly pungent spoiled citrus finish.

Vibrantly brisk NEIPA, Restitution, placed zestful grapefruit-peeled orange rind bittering alongside peachy pineapple tanginess plus latent green grape, guava and gooseberry souring above silken flaked oats.

Maple sugared dark chocolate initiated Coffee Planet Triple Chocolate Stout, settling into a lingered black coffee midst before its distant black cherry tartness, sweet anise tease and recessive earthen soy saucing make cameos.