The Beer & Wine Updates to Note in the Hudson Valley This July

A new wine & spirits store, new IPAs, traditional craft beers, and more latest drink news across the Hudson Valley.

Open since February, Big Dogs Brewery serves up craft beer, food trucks, and live music to Walden. All brews made in-house follow a dog theme—from the Wet Nose Wheat to Sit & Stay Stout. A rotating selection of beers from other local breweries are also available.

After nearly 22 years of service, Highland Mill’s Palaia Winery & Meadery closed in early March.

Decant Wine & Spirits
Photo courtesy of Decant Wine & Spirits

Decant Wine & Spirits opened mid-March in Hurleyville and boasts a selection of over 300 bottles of natural and organic wines, hard ciders, and spirits.

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Sip on Sloop’s Premium Lager, available to purchase in 12 packs.
Sip on Sloop’s Premium Lager, available to purchase in 12 packs. Photo courtesy of Sloop Brewing Co.

Two new brews were released in March and May by East Fishkill’s Sloop Brewing Co.: The Sloop Premium Lager, a light malt-forward taste, and Das Jagermeister Beer, dry-hopped with citrus and botanicals.

Pillow & Oats Brewing is coming to Main Street in Beacon. They just started brewing in April and will be serving both IPAs and traditional craft beers and seltzers.

There are three new bars in Kingston. In Uptown, the Salt Box opened in the former Crown Lounge and serves everything from specialty cocktails to $4 beers. In Midtown, Dear Kingston Beer Bar + Garden offers 14 draft lines with rotating varieties of craft beer and cider, and German-inspired snacks, like mushroom schnitzel and sausage plates. Just down the street, West Kill Brewing’s newest taproom, West Kill Supply, regularly hosts food trucks and live music.

Whitecliff Vineyard’s Hudson tasting room just celebrated its one-year anniversary in June. The location boasts 10 acres of vines and fruit trees and a stunning view of the river. From Friday–Monday, order tasting flights of wines from their popular Awosting White to Bourbon Barrel Blond.

Making craft beer since 2021, Return Brewing has finally opened a space. Right now, you can visit their outdoor beer garden on State Street in Hudson, and once summer ends, they’ll be welcoming customers to their indoor taproom.

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The beer at Return Brewing
Return Brewing’s Hudson taproom serves brews like their bestselling Polished Pilsner. Photo courtesy of Return Brewing

In August, Old Klaverack Brewery unveils their new Oktoberfest ale. This ruby-red brew with notes of caramel and biscuits will be available at the hop farm and brewery, both in Hudson.

Look out for Aspire Brewing, set to open in the Galleria at Crystal Run in Wallkill later this year with a 40-tap self-pour beer hall, game room, golf simulators, and an axe throwing area.

Courtesy Le Moné

In 2022, Eric Bachli—a former master distiller at Vale Fox in Poughkeepsie—launched Le Moné, a wine-based lemon liqueur. The refreshing apéritif can be enjoyed on its own and adds a citrus kick to palomas, spritzes, mules, and more. It’s low ABV (16 percent) and has less sugar than popular cocktails. Bachli added a few new flavors that are perfect for summer: lemon cucumber, lemon orange lime, lemon raspberry and lavender, and lemon blackberry. Make sure to follow a 3-to-1 ratio (three parts Le Moné and one part booze) per cocktail. Shop and learn more at drinklemone.com. — Francesca Furey


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