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

8 Hot Spots for Hot Cocoa

Try these local spots for the perfect cup of steaming hot cocoa

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Restaurant Spotlight: Woodnotes Grille at the Emerson Resort and Spa, Mt. Tremper

Enjoy casual, contemporary dining at this Ulster County eatery

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Hudson River EagleFest (And 9 Fun Facts About Bald Eagles)

The family-friendly birdwatching event takes place annually at Croton Point Park

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8 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

When chocolate and flowers just won’t do, here are Valentine’s Day-worthy gifts for that special someone

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Letters to the Editor in February 2016

Read our letters to the editor for February 2016, including our Where in the Hudson Valley “Prehistoric Prowess” contest answer

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Can You Identify This Alien Hangout?

This eatery’s location is known for welcoming visitors from far, far away

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Collar City Players Perform Monthly Shakes-BEER Readings at Troy Pub

A troupe of thespians performs Shakespeare’s popular works, cold brew in hand

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Meet Our February 2016 Hero: Bobbi Jo Forte

A Red Hook resident creates a unique venue to help abandoned felines

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4 Playoffs-Inspired Drinks

Based on these drinks, which teams should win?

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8 Places to Go Skating, Skiing, and Tubing This Winter

Get outdoors at one of these local ice skating rinks and ski areas

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Five Planets Align at the Same Time

The last time an event like this occurred was 10 years ago

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How to Safely Stay Warm This Winter

How to (safely) keep warm this winter, courtesy of the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York

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On the Town: Event Photos and Party Pictures in January 2016

See who’s been out and about in the Hudson Valley in our parties and events gallery

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Out & About: Featured Events in January 2016

Art exhibits, a comedy extravaganza, and classical music roll into town this month

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Our Editors’ Favorite Events in January 2016

Our events editor lists her top event picks happening this month

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Our Favorite Events for Kids in January 2016

Whether you see a show or play around in the snow, make the most of the chilly weather

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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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