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

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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Paul Halayko

A longtime local trades Wall Street for the world of beer

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David Bowie, Dead at 69, Forever Connected to the Hudson Valley

The music legend, who passed away on Sunday, lives on through fans and fellow artists alike

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Tequila Cosmo Recipe

A more mature take on the signature cocktail of Sex and the City fans

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Liz Glover Wilson

A world-class event planner turns her attention to celebrating local arts

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10 Hot Kitchen Trends

What’s hot — and what’s not — in the wonderful world of kitchen design

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Q&A With Alexander Heffner, Host of PBS’s The Open Mind

Fledgling PBS broadcaster Alexander Heffner talks about following in his late grandfather’s footsteps

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Pigs in a Blanket Recipe

How to make the frozen version taste homemade

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9 People to Watch in 2016

From spiritual leaders to film directors to small biz visionaries, you’ll want to keep your eye on these nine hotshots

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The Hudson Valley’s Endangered Dams

As hardworking as they are beautiful, dams are all around us. Get to know the wondrous waters that are right in your own backyard

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5 Affordable Kitchen Upgrades

Need a kitchen upgrade, but on a budget? Try these easy fix-ups

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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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