Former "Hell's Kitchen" contestant now at Brown's Brewing Company


HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. >> Brown's Brewing Company is pleased to announce the hire of Melissa Doney Sheridan, CEC, as the new kitchen manager for both the Troy and Hoosick Falls taprooms. Doney Sheridan joins the Brown's team at an exciting time in the company's nearly 25 year history in the region. Her first day at the helm was April 1.

"As we reach our 25th year of business in the midst of an explosion of craft beer, we are paying close attention to our relevancy with the products we offer. Melissa is inspired by whole food cooking and sourcing ingredients as close to home as possible. Also, her passion for canning, pickling, and preserving foods is exciting for us as we think about the importance of knowing where our food is grown and the dynamics of keeping it as fresh as possible," said owners Garry and Kelly Brown. "We believe Melissa's techniques and leadership will guide the food part of our business in a way that will pair perfectly with the quality of the beer we produce."

Patrons of the well-established and popular Troy taproom will benefit from a more focused menu featuring top of the line quality, local sourcing, and dishes that complement the freshness of Brown's craft beer. With the opening of the full kitchen at the Walloomsac Taproom in Hoosick Falls this summer, expect delicious and innovative takes on comfort food again taking advantage of local growers, producers, and foragers. A custom built wood fire grill will be the workhorse of the new kitchen, providing patrons with not only a unique visual as it will be visible from the taproom, but a unique flavor to the dishes offered. Under Doney Sheridan's direction, both locations will host special beer and food dining experiences.

A graduate of Schenectady County Community College, she became an American Culinary Federation Certified Executive Chef in 2013. Her professional experience as head and area chef of ShopRite Supermarkets, executive chef positions in Lake George, and her current teaching position at SCCC provide a strong knowledge of the restaurant business, a familiarity of the area, and the skills needed to successfully lead kitchen teams. In addition, as a contestant on seven episodes of TV's Hell's Kitchen in 2010, her ability to stay cool in the kitchen is proven.

"I am truly excited to be able to join a local family-owned company," said Doney Sheridan, a native of Latham who graduated from Shaker High School in 1996. "Brown's is a well-known and established, community based, and innovative company that is the perfect fit for me. The opportunity to play with a variety of fresh local flavors excites me. I hope to entice the palates of our guests by pairing our foods with the best locally brewed craft beer around. It makes me feel like a kid on the playground."

The Troy Taproom was the first brewery restaurant in the Capital Region when it opened as Brown & Moran Brewing Company in 1993 and has been thriving to this day. Garry and Kelly Brown spent three painstaking years renovating the 150 year old warehouse into the taproom that it is today. The Walloomsac Taproom in Hoosick Falls opened to the public in 2014 in a beautifully renovated 19th century brick factory building on the Walloomsac River, also housing Brown's bottling facility. The Browns have an incredible dedication to the area, providing jobs and renovating abandoned structures, in turn saving old buildings and boosting the local economy.

"I Heart Hoosick" Earth Day celebration, April 22

Brown's Brewing Company's Walloomsac Taproom invites the area community to celebrate Earth Day at the taproom at 5 p.m. This event is the kick off for a season of "I Heart Hoosick" community-wide programs. In addition to celebrating Earth Day, the gathering at Brown's will recognize and thank the various entities that were instrumental during the recent water crisis. As area residents and brewery owners for over 20 years, Garry and Kelly Brown realize the importance of good quality water in the region.

"We are grateful that our neighbors in the village of Hoosick Falls now have clean drinking water. There are so many people to thank including the Department of Health and Department of Environmental Conservation as well as all the volunteers who brought bottled water to those in need. It is truly a time for renewal and celebration and no day is more appropriate than Earth Day to gather," said the Browns.

During the Earth Day celebration at Brown's, enjoy the emerging landscape of spring and the breathtaking view of the Walloomsac River and waterfall from the patio or inside the historic brick structure built in 1854. Flood Road's fast paced bluegrass, rock, folk, and country blues from 7 to 9 pm guarantees to get your feet stomping.

As a special feature of the evening, the $10 admission includes a pint of Brown's beer, a brewery tour, and a sampling of offerings from the full kitchen scheduled to open in early summer. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Rensselaer Land Trust, and organization that Brown's Brewing has supported for more than a decade. The RLT is committed to conserving the open spaces, watersheds, and natural habitats of Rensselaer County for the benefit of communities and future generations. Everyone will receive a commemorative packet of sunflowers seeds package locally in Cambridge, NY.

Hoosick Falls Mayor David Borge states, "This year Earth Day has a special significance for those of us who call the greater Hoosick community home. As we emerge from a very difficult time for all and reflect on the beauty and bounty of Mother Nature, let us celebrate the simplicity of clean water and thank those who have helped us in our time of need."

Hoosick Town Supervisor Mark Surdam notes "Earth Day reminds us to consider our environment and how fragile it can be; especially, when it comes to our drinking water. The Hoosick area has learned first hand just how important it is to care for our environment not only for ourselves, but for our children and grandchildren. Let's be thankful for the NYS employees working countless hours on our behalf through this environmental challenge. May we celebrate knowing that we are strong, we are healing, we will overcome, and that this is a wonderful area to call home."

Brown's Walloomsac Brewery, located at 50 Factory Hill Road in Hoosick Falls, is committed to sustainable practices.

• The roof's 30 solar thermal panels provide hot water for the brewery and tasting room.

• LED light bulbs and high voltage T-8 fluorescent fixtures throughout the facility save money and electricity.

• Brown's uses the natural geography of its facility to reduce cooling needs by locating tanks in below ground spaces within the plant. The earliest breweries used existing caves or made them to take advantage of these naturally cool areas to store beer. Brown's conditioning tanks, visible from the taproom, are located deep into the hill to take advantage of the Earth's natural cooling. This reduces electrical requirements to power refrigeration equipment to cool beer.

• One of the most attractive and practical attributes, the dam next to the tasting room, will eventually provide hydroelectric power for Brown's whole facility. The first step, a Hydroelectric Feasibility Study conducted by retired hydroelectric engineer Jim Bell, has been completed.

• Due to the brewery's location on the Walloomsac River, Brown's has unique challenges regarding the treatment of its process water. An aerobic digestion system, or membrane bioreactor, located within the facility treats all of the water used for washing and cleaning in all aspects of the brewing process. After treatment, this clean water is discharged directly to the Walloomsac River. This process is continuously monitored by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and includes continuous laboratory testing to insure that the water discharged is always clean.

• The taproom sources local ingredients whenever possible.

• The spent grains and yeast from the brewing process are distributed to local farmers as a fresh, high protein feed supplement for livestock.

Brown's Brewing's Walloomsac Taproom and Brewery in Hoosick Falls opened to the public in 2014 in a beautifully renovated 19th century brick factory building on the Walloomsac River, also housing Brown's bottling facility. The comfortable taproom allows for peaceful relaxation paired with freshly brewed beer and delicious food. Learn more about Brown's Brewing Co. at


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