The Brentwood, Saratoga Springs

A design studio tackles their most personal project yet: their own hotel

Driving onto the Brentwood Hotel‘s gravel courtyardwhich itself clamors with growls of welcomeone can’t help but let out a sigh of relief. It’s a four-hour commitment from NYC, and the Taconic State Parkway doesn’t offer much to look at in the colder months. But there’s already an outdoor fire wailing away and records playing in the cozy, five-stool lobby. Despite the petite nature of these …

Smart Beer: New York State’s First Organic Brew

A refreshing and consciously made golden ale

Regardless of the merits of organic ingredients, if upstate New York’s Smart Beer didn’t taste good, it wouldn’t warrant coverage. The company’s debut product—an Organic Golden Ale—tastes refreshing and zesty. It’s lighter bodied but not too light, carries 5.5% alcohol, and delivers a well-balanced bite. Smart Beer is easy to drink but offers enough nuance (hailing from orange peel and licorice root) to hold up …