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

The Designer

Boutique owner and community activist Maria Whittingham’s formula for entrepreneurial success combines fearlessness, talent, and a staunch work ethic

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The Duchesses of Driving

After years of driving-instruction experience, sisters Maria Dominijanni and Isa Marinaro put their pedals to the metal and started their own driving school

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The Money Maven

Financial advisor Rita Gaffney uses insight, skill, and savvy to help clients plan for their financial futures

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Women in Business 2015

Meet 12 movers and shakers who are outstanding in their fields

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Meet Our December 2015 Hero: Susan Wagner

Meet the founder and president of a Chatham-based sanctuary for rescued horses

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How to Have a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving

Here’s how to include your gluten-free guests during Thanksgiving — without sacrificing your favorite dishes

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Restaurant Spotlight: YOLO Bistro, Poughkeepsie

Enjoy American fare at this Dutchess County eatery

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Letters to the Editor in December 2015

Read our letters to the editor for December 2015, including our Where in the Hudson Valley “It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Bigfoot!” contest answer

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Out & About: Featured Events in December 2015

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, the solstice, or just enjoy weather, the Valley is packed with events that make the best of the chilly season

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Five Ways to Beat Stress This Holiday Season

’Tis the season for nonstop stress. Here’s how to keep the “ho ho ho” in your holidays

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Where in the Hudson Valley Contest: “Road Trip Reprieve” Rest Stop

A popular Hudson Valley rest stop was a roadside haven for thousands of travelers during the 20th century

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Our Favorite Events for Kids in December 2015

Get into the holiday spirit with some theater, an old-fashioned celebration, and good music

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Our Editors’ Favorite Events in December 2015

Our events editor lists her top event picks happening this month

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Governor Andrew Cuomo Expedites Emergency Medical Marijuana Bills

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo hopes to provide relief to those suffering with severe medical conditions

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Brazilian Court

Book your winter getaway in Palm Beach, Florida

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Why (And Where) You Should Try Meditation

Good health isn’t just about physical exercise: your mind and spirit also need some TLC from time to time

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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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