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Local brewery gaining popularity among craft beer scene – Saratogian


One mile from Unified Beerworks in the Saratoga County town of Malta, ACTIVE INGREDIENT BREWING COMPANY opened its doors at the Sitwell Plaza in September ’21. Founding pharmacists Brian Fox and Nate Rogers are the efficient lab scientists crafting a rounded range of both stylistically conservative and slightly offbeat suds.

Active Ingredient’s white-walled cafe-designed interior features wood and metal seating and an elongated bar with bronze draught station and two opposing TV’s. A few couches on the right side consume the right front of the cozy pub. A mossy green logo bedecks the side wall. Brew tanks are off to the right. An outside deck with trellis is to the left. Light pub food is available.

In a one-hour Friday afternoon session, New Years Eve, ’22, I consumed all seven available homemade offerings.

Local brewery gaining popularity among craft beer scene – Saratogian

Lemon rot souring scoured yellow cleared helles lager, Through The Prism, a sourdough bottomed softie.

Crisply clean yellow cleared kolsch, Freudian Sips, let farm fresh honey drip thru salted lemon candied tartness and grassy hop herbage to its rustic sourdough crusting.

Fizzy lemon-soured green grape tannins picked up mild woodruff syruping for white wheat-based Proton Donation, a moderately acidic Berliner Weisse.

Dark roast chocolate and chalky cocoa consumed Munich dunkel, Depth Beyond, leaving hop charred peat and murky dried fruiting on its freeze-dried coffee finish.

Orange-oiled yellow grapefruit spot given vodka-tinged esters and slight tea-like herbage above pasty pale malt gluing of double dry-hopped NEIPA, Moms Genes.

Lightly creamed Citra-Cascade-hopped New England pale ale, Control Group, spiked spritzy lemon fizz thru mild passionfruit-papaya-pineapple tartness over pasty wheated oats.

Hefty cold brew coffee imprint seized nutty espresso-bound Camp Catalyst Porter, picking up creamy dark chocolate cluster, black cherry tartness and black peppered hop char before receding to oily day-old coffee murk.


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Within walking distance of Active Ingredient, UNIFIED BEERWORKS began operations in Malta during 2018. Owned by former homebrewing husband-wife team, Jeff Mannion and Erika Anderson, the friendly pub serves a closeknit hometown community.

Inside an overhead-doored gray aluminum warehouse, Unified’s marble-topped bar, plank wood bar frontage, metal and wood stools, front-windowed tables, basic cement flooring and exposed pipes (plus olden ceiling-hung lanterns) create a clean Industrial feel.

Centralized white tile-backed stainless steel draught handles contain twelve-plus proprietary suds emanating from the rear brew tanks. A limited pub menu includes tacos, chips and sandwiches.

I stepped up to the bar and grabbed all eight flight size servings including three IPA’s, two lagers, two fruited sours and a New England pale ale during my New Years Eve ’22 visit.

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Dry Bavarian-styled light lager, A Glimpse Of Bohemia, let delicate floral-spiced citrus hops settle atop laidback cereal grained sweetness.

Dry chocolate-chalked dark lager, Midnight In Dresden, gained peated coffee and dark toffee illusions in a dark-roast hop setting.

Orange-spiced lemondrop souring and salted guava-mango tartness draped clay-like crayon waxing for hazy New England-styled pale ale, Right Time And Place, picking up tertiary ‘honeydew, tangerine and lychee’ illusions above the toasted pale malt base.

Soft-toned NEIPA, Echoes In Eternity, combined yellow grapefruit, orange and tangerine tanginess with subtle gooseberry-guava souring, tannic white grape musk and fennel-salted lemongrass herbage.

Fruitful flagship NEIPA, All The Juicy Things, evenly displayed fruit salad tropicalia as Valencia orange, navel orange, mandarin, clementine, cara cara, tangerine and tangelo tanginess graced gentle pale malt spicing and slight fungi musk.

Brisk vodka-nipped orange peel sweetness and yellow grapefruit tang penetrated clean Nordic yeast-infused Welcome To Valhalla Imperial IPA, leaving ancillary peach-pineapple-mango-clementine fruiting and dank pine resin on its dry pale malt bottom.

Tart fruited sour variant, Waxing Nostalgia: Black Razz, meshed black raspberry piquancy with mild vanilla bean bittering contrasting lemon sugar cookie sweetness as distant black cherry, boysenberry and blueberry illusions circulated thru candied lollipop finish.

Conditioned on tangerine and strawberry, Feel As One Fruited Sour gained salty lemonade tartness and tannic oaken cherry bitterness to infiltrate its adjunctive citric-berry conflux.