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The local brew-lover's guide to all things hoppy, malty, and chug-worthy

Last Stop Brewing Company Celebrates Grand Opening

One of the Valley’s newest breweries kicks off its grand opening with tours, food, music, and (naturally) beer

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The Roscoe Beer Company Is Here!

A fish (and beer) story: A new brewery adds flavor to a fishing town

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4 Hudson Valley Beer Gardens You Need to Try

Beer gardens abound

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Where to Watch the World Cup Final

The Big Game is on this Sunday (we’re talking about the other football, folks). Here’s where to watch it — and score great drink deals — in the Hudson Valley

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Billy Joe’s Ribworks Opens New Beer Garden on Newburgh Waterfront

Bring on the beer: The waterside eatery famous for its tasty barbecue announces new craft beer menu with its beer garden debut

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Two Beer Festivals We’re Excited About in June 2014

This month’s Beer, Bourbon, and Bacon Festival and the Lower Hudson Valley Craft Beer Festival pair beer with plenty of other goodies

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Shmaltz Brewing Company Cheers to Chutzpah

The Capital Region’s Shmaltz Brewing Company churns out one-of-a-kind brews

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Shmaltz Brewing Throws Big Birthday Bash

A Saratoga County brewery rocks the house during its “Beer Gangs of New York” party

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Quinn’s Bar in Beacon Offers Quality Beer in Cans

A local bar pays homage to the appeal of aluminum by selling, and displaying, high quality beers in cans

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TAP New York is Back! Annual Craft Beer and Food Festival Celebrates 17th Year

Back for its 17th year, the TAP New York Beer and Food Festival highlights local breweries at Hunter Mountain

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Shakesbeer Festival Contest Winner

Find out who won tickets to the Shakesbeer Festival

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Win Tickets to the Shakesbeer Festival

Send us your best rhyming couplet for a chance to win a free pair of passes to the Shakesbeer Festival

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Poughkeepsie’s First Annual Shakesbeer Festival

Of beer and the Bard: Cheers to a new festival that pairs beer with Shakespeare

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Beer and Cheese Festival Hosted by Keegan Ales and Aroma Thyme Bistro

The big cheese: Move over vino — beer is the true perfect match for cheese

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2 Can't-Miss Events in February 2014: Beer and Wine & Chocolate Festivals

The Big Brew NY Beer Festival takes over the Westchester County Center in White Plains on February 8, while Mahopac hosts the Hudson Valley Wine & Chocolate Festival the next day

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Patrons Pour Their Own Beer at Elaine’s Tap & Table in Poughkeepsie

Free-flowing fun: Do-it-yourself taps take center stage at a Poughkeepsie restaurant

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The local brew-lover's guide to all things hoppy, malty, and chug-worthy

About This Blog

Welcome to The First Draft — a column devoted exclusively to all things beer. Yes, that’s right, from taste-tests to profiles of brewers (and homebrewers) to expert advice (hello, Craft Beer 101), we’re going county to county, city to small town to uncover all the sudsy stuff you need to know. Heck, we’ll even let you know which brewery has the coolest looking T-shirt in town. You can expect reviews, food and beer pairings, roundups, trends, expert advice, homebrewing, profiles, big beer events, best nights out.

To make sure we don’t miss a thing, we’ll also have updated information, breaking news, fabulous photos, and special guest bloggers. Cheers!

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