Ausable Brewing Company is a farm-based nanobrewery owned and operated by brothers Dan and Dylan Badger. Located on 140 acres in the Champlain Valley just east of the Adirondack High Peaks, ABC is dedicated to serving a variety of high quality ales, lagers and house sodas in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Our focus has always been on consistency, quality and creativity. We don't wholesale our beer to bars and restaurants. In order to come taste what we craft, you must be willing to take the scenic drive through some of the best farmland in the Adirondack Park.
The ABC Family
Dan studied Biochemistry at SUNY Geneseo while simultaneously teaching himself how to brew beer and interning at a local brewery. After college, he taught Dylan how to brew before moving west to pursue a Masters of Brewing Degree from UC Davis. He then brewed for Mammoth Brewing Co in California and Long Trail Brewing in Vermont.
Dylan learned how to homebrew at age 18 from his older brother, Dan. He brewed weekly while attending the University of Vermont for Ecological Agriculture, focusing on hop production and hop research in school. After college, Dylan started farming in Southern Vermont while the two brothers started planning their future brewery.
Bobby and his brother ran Hues Farm from the early 80s until the mid 90s. They sold produce out of their farmstore, which was an old red barn. Now, that barn is our brewery. Bobby retired in 2016, and now he spends his time woodworking, picking blueberries, caring for the property and relaxing.
Why We Love Keeseville
Like much of rural small town American, this region has been economically depressed for a number of years. However, there is a revitalization occurring here, starting with small farms. On our 3 mile stretch of road there is a dairy farm producing raw milk, cheese and yogurt (North Country Creamery), a livestock farm and butcher shop (Mace Chasm Farm), and an organic veggie farm (Fledging Crow Vegetables). These are our neighbors, friends and colleagues, and ultimately they are the reason we decided to start our brewery here. Read more about the impact of these farms on our community here.