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

Cathy Collins

Giving a new meaning to the word “homemaker”

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Julia Indichova

A Woodstock-area author attracts an international audience with fertility workshops and teleconferences

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Bob Dandrew

A visionary nonprofit director pioneers a whole new way to farm

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Sarah Womer

This Beacon resident takes on waste over the long haul

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Looking Forward: The Nine People to Watch This Year

A word from Hudson Valley Magazine’s Executive Editor, Olivia J. Abel

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Brent Spodek

A nontraditional rabbi gains a following in Beacon

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Build Your Own Custom Beer at Pine Island Brewing Company’s Kraftify

Your dreams have finally come true! A Pine Island brewer lets patrons create their very own bottle of beer

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8 Reasons Why You Should Splurge On This Wine Cooler

This new wine storage column is worth the $8,000 price tag — and here’s why

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Meet Our January 2016 Hero: Sally Baker

A Valleyite creates a nonprofit to revitalize her down-trodden town

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8 Biggest Kitchen Remodeling Disasters (And How to Avoid Them)

We asked kitchen designer Jennifer Gilmer, co-author of The Kitchen Bible, for her list of situations to avoid at all costs

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Kitchens Guide

The hottest trends (goodbye, granite!), affordable tweaks, and biggest splurges for your kitchen

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12 Great Tips for Planning Your Next Big Celebration or Wedding

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Mini Mac and Cheese Cupcakes with Toppings Bar Recipe

A super-easy — and irresistible — snack

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Letters to the Editor in January 2016

Read our letters to the editor for January 2016, including our Where in the Hudson Valley “Road Trip Reprieve” contest answer

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8 Fun Ways to Spend New Year’s Eve

Kick off the New Year with these concerts, dinners, and dance parties

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Five Can’t-Miss Foodie Events This Month

News and notes from the Valley’s dining scene in January 2016, including new restaurants, holiday menus, food festivals, and winter CSA programs

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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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