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

Hiking in the Hudson Valley

A walk in the woods: Hiking is one of our ultimate outdoor adventures in 2013

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Tubing in the Hudson Valley

Without a paddle: Tubing is one of our ultimate outdoor adventures in 2013

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Ziplining in the Hudson Valley

Zippity-do-dah: Ziplining is one of our ultimate outdoor adventures in 2013; PLUS: A behind-the-scenes photo gallery of Assistant Editor Rosemary O’Connor’s ziplining adventure

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Hot Air Ballooning in the Hudson Valley

Full of hot air: Ballooning is one of our ultimate outdoor adventures in 2013

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Sky Diving in the Hudson Valley

Sky diving is one of our ultimate outdoor adventures in 2013

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Biking in the Hudson Valley

From over the hill: Biking is one of our ultimate outdoor adventures in 2013

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Commuter Corner: Fourth of July 2013 Events in New York City

Let freedom ring in the city that never sleeps; PLUS: Independence Day gift ideas

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Wedding Traditions: Military Weddings

Some military-wedding traditions can be confusing to a civilian — even when it’s the bride!

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Kayaking in the Hudson Valley

Kayaking is one of our ultimate outdoor adventures in 2013

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Ultimate Hudson Valley Outdoor Adventures 2013

July is upon us — and it’s time to get outdoors! From hot-air ballooning to ziplining, here are nine Valley activities guaranteed to put a charge in your summer. PLUS: We profile an ambitious entrepreneur who wants to turn our region into the East Coast capital of adventure sports

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Hang Gliding in the Hudson Valley

Come fly with me: Hang gliding is one of our ultimate outdoor adventures in 2013

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Suffering and Surviving a Stroke: WPDH Morning Show Host Mark Cooper "Recoups"

Stroke of luck: A local radio personality turns his life around after suffering a potentially devastating medical condition

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A History of Rosendale's Natural Cement Industry

Cementing its reputation: Modern America could not have been built without Rosendale cement

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Accord Artist and Builder Ed Potokar Creates Unusual Instruments and Art

Sound off: An Ulster County creator shows off his one-of-a-kind instruments

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Hudson Valley Chalk Festival 2013

New Paltz hosts a unique art festival

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By the Numbers and Fun Facts: Dia:Beacon Turns 10

The Beacon art museum celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2013

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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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