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Location Albany/Castleton, New York, United States
Introduction Mahar's is an internationally known beer bar that was founded in 1989 in Albany, NY by James Mahar. The bar began with a total of 3 draft beers: Bass, Miller Lite, and Genny 12 Horse. The bar hit a high of 54 drafts and 700 bottles at one time later on. As the business progressed, Guinness and Newcastle were added to the mix beginning the dawn of the "beer freaks," an affectionate title. Now the bar has settled into 34 drafts and approximately 150 bottles at a time, both of which rotate constantly to provide a constant variety. Since the opening in 1989, Mahar's added a second location in of Castleton on Hudson, in 2010. Although the new location is not as famous and well known as Albany, Castleton provides a different more family oriented location where Mr. Mahar can still be found working, everyday. Both businesses still constantly rotate out the selection of beer and also have wine, coffee and soda as well. Since it opening Mahar's has been listed in Times Union, Beer Advocate, Maxim Magazine and Metroland. In the May 2008 issue of "All About Beer," Mahar's was listed in the "Top 125 Places to Have a Beer Before You Die." So come on by and try it out for yourself.