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7 Hudson Valley Craft Beers You Absolutely Need to Try This Fall

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Pumpkin beer? Golden ales? The Hudson Valley’s craft breweries bring their A-game this fall with a smattering of seasonal releases.

By Dave Zucker and Sabrina Sucato

Fall is that magical time of year when people break out their flannels, the leaves change color, and beer takes a turn toward deeply fruited and spicy brews. Seasonals are nothing new to the craft beer world, but every year there is a challenge to come up with something new or improve upon last year’s brew. This year, some of the Hudson Valley’s finest brewing operations have outdone themselves to create a bevy of beers you’ll be happy to savor all through sweater weather.

Clove Valley Pumpkin Ale, Clemson Bros. Brewery

Middletown and New Paltz
ABV: 5.7 percent

Special for the autumn season, Clemson’s pumpkin-themed ale is everything wonderful about fall in the Hudson Valley in a single glass. Its golden amber color is a perfect match for the changing leaves in the region, while its spice-filled taste brings to mind the scents of seasonal baking. It’s available on tap only, so head to the brewery’s Middletown or New Paltz locations to try it out for yourself.

Need more convincing? The beer is brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, clove, and pumpkin, so it’s kind of, sort of like a pumpkin spice latte…but maybe even better.

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NEW OFFERINGS + MAIL ORDER BOTTLES // Hey guys—we’ve got a few a new goodies available at the brewery drive-thru this weekend. First up are cans of our trusty standby palatine pils, as well as Bones shirt black lager…a perfect zippy dark beer for this weather we are having! We’ve also got a new bottling of Lo & Behold, our Barrel aged Flemish inspired tart red beer. Half of this batch was aged in tawny and ruby port barrels (with the other half resting in wine barrels). This batch Is so deep—purple and red fruit notes of raspberry, black plum, and red currant, with some winey, leather, tobacco, and wet earthy oak notes. Some cocoa nib and light roasted new-school coffee vibes too. This is a great one to expand your mind and pallet with. We’ve also got mail order bottles for sale this week shipping out Monday—merkel, domain, call to mind, and kinda classic! A very well rounded selection of bottles that gives a nice snap shot of what we’ve been up to. 📷 by @katetape sooo good

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Lo and Behold, Suarez Family Brewery

Hudson
ABV: 6 percent

Suarez Family Brewery’s bottled country beer is Flemish red-inspired, which means it’s perfect for savoring slowly. It draws its complex flavor profile from a lengthy aging process in port and wine barrels. As far as taste goes, it’s all about fall flavors like toasted orange peel, dried cranberry, and crème brûlée, along with raspberry, sweet vermouth, amarone wine, golden syrup, and black fig. It’s the type of beer you want to sip while cozied up in front of a crackling fire, maybe with a slice of flourless chocolate cake on the side.

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Tomorrow is our second Oktoberfest Dinner this month! While our restaurant is closed for regular dining on Tuesdays, we will open between 5pm-9pm for this particular menu tomorrow, September 29th and October 6th. Reservations are recommended and must be made by phone at 845-485-2739. Walk-ins will only be accepted if an evening is not fully reserved. You will sit with your party only and still remain six feet from other tables; we will be seating indoors and outdoors although placement can not be guaranteed. Menu is a la carte alongside our full bar menu. While no kids menu or regular dining menus will be available on these evenings, kids are absolutely welcome! We here at Mill House love our German food and we hope you can enjoy it the way we have prepared it. We strongly urge no substitutions, though we will accommodate dietary restrictions if possible. Prost! #Oktoberfest

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Oktoberfest, Mill House Brewing Company

Poughkeepsie
ABV: 5.4 percent

Mill House’s Cucumber Blessings and Velvet Panda might be perennial favorites, but Oktoberfest is all you’ll want to drink this autumn. The Märzen lager is highly drinkable, with a malty sweetness that screams fall in the Hudson Valley. It’s available on draft or in cans, because you’re probably going to want to grab a pack to go after sampling it at the restaurant.

Porch Rocker, Tin Barn Brewing

Chester
ABV: 5.8 percent

In case you haven’t tried out one of Tin Barn’s signature ales and IPAs yet, make Porch Rocker your excuse to do so. Like the name suggests, the citrusy ale is made for drinking in the crisp autumn air. It’s an easy weekend beer that’s hopped with Cascade and Citra for a finish that’s pleasantly crisp and clean. Try it out while lounging outside near one of the brewery’s roaring fire pits.

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Available this weekend on draft at The Drowned Lands:⁠ ⁠ Scythe (5.8%) — Pumpkin Ale brewed with actual roasted pumpkin and house-ground pie spices. Maris Otter, Vienna, Malted White Wheat, and a touch of British Dark Crystal make up the base of this one, hopped with NY-State Mt. Hood to balance.⁠ ⁠ No other fruit speaks to the nature of the harvest and the richness of the land better than pumpkin. We added the roasted pumpkin directly to the kettle alongside a bushel of whole cinnamon sticks and nutmeg seeds, then ground up several pounds more of each spice and added them to the beer once fermentation was complete.⁠ ⁠ It's no secret what we're tasting here…The aroma is rich and decadent: fresh baked pumpkin pie with a graham cracker crust. The flavor is a refreshing biscuity wash of sugar and spice.

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Pumpkin Ale, The Drowned Lands Brewery

Warwick
ABV: 5.8 percent

Black Dirt newcomer The Drowned Lands rounds up all the best flavors of fall and pours them into a tall glass for this stunner of a brew. The brewery takes a slow food-style approach to this beer, with roasted pumpkin and house-ground pie spices influencing the flavor. All in all, the brew is as close to a slice of fresh pumpkin pie as a beer can get. Find it on draft at the brewery while it lasts.

Room for Milk, Zeus Brewing Company

Poughkeepsie
ABV: 7 percent

A heavy-hitting stout from Queen City’s newest brewery, Room for Milk is the result of a special collaboration with The Poughkeepsie Grind down the street. The brew is ultra-smooth and creamy, with notes of dark chocolate and roasted coffee, the latter which comes straight from the Grind. It’s available on draft only, so get to booking a table to sample this beauty alongside something scrumptious from Zeus’s Italian-inspired menu.

Valley Beer Fall 2019, Hudson Valley Brewery

Beacon
ABV: 5 percent

Love a good farmhouse ale? Hudson Valley Brewery sours it up with 100-percent barley and raw wheat that gets fermented in foudres with wild yeast and souring bacteria. This particular brew aged for a year in oak wine barrels and was bottle conditioned for nine months. The result is a zippy bottle that’s wonderful all on its own, preferably with a little fall foliage happening in the background.