The Hudson Valley Beer Bible

Our (almost) A to Z guide to the Valley’s breweries

2 Way Brewing CompanyBeaconThis micro-craft brewery and bar takes its name from “the river that flows two ways.” Founder and Newburgh native Mike O’Herron offers a rotation of five brews on tap, including Confusion, his take on a Belgian pale ale, and Beacon Brown, a creamy brown ale. Special events include a weekly trivia night on Thursdays.18 West Main Street, Beacon

Broken Bow BreweryTuckahoeThis fall, Broken Bow won a gold medal for their Old Split-Foot in the Belgian-style Pale Strong Ale category at the Great American Beer Festival. The family-run brewery is designed to reflect small-town Broken Bow, Nebraska, where one of the five founding partners, Kathy LaMothe, was born. Bring your own food to enjoy in the beer garden or tasting room. 173 Marbledale Road, Tuckahoe

Brown’s Brewing CompanyTroyThe granddaddy of Hudson Valley craft breweries. Since 1993, the brewery and pub have seen both the beer business and the formerly seedy neighborhood in which they roost grow ever more robust. They have helped out or employed more than a few fellow brewers down the Valley, while maintaining their spot among the elite beermakers in the Northeast. 417 River Street, Troy
Open 7 days

Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.Elmsford Captain Lawrence tapped its first keg at Lucy’s Lounge in 2006. Over the next decade, it moved from Pleasantville to Elmsford, opened a tasting room and bottling line, created a sour ale production wing it calls the Fermento Funk Facility — and celebrated its 10th anniversary last summer as a now nationally recognizable name. Their beer, Cuvee de Castleton, won the first gold medal ever awarded at the Great American Beer Festival in 2007. Producing a core of seven brews augmented by seasonal, specialty, and one-off styles, Captain Lawrence also provides food, music, trivia contests, tours, and a game of bocce or corn hole to its happy customers. 444 Saw Mill River Rd, Elmsford
Cave Mountain Brewing CompanyWindhamVoted Best Brewery at the Hunter Mountain Microbrewery Festival in 2009 and 2010, and Best Burger by Hudson Valley magazine in 2011. Though they are busiest during ski season, the warmer months are a great time to try lighter styles, like Summer Cream Ale, Belgian White, and Blueberry Wheat. 5359 Main Street, Windham
518.734.9222; find them on Facebook;

Chatham BrewingChathamOpening its taps in 2007, Chatham Brewing is now one of the granddaddies of Hudson Valley brewers. Its porter won a bronze at TAP New York that first year, and the brewery was off and running. Their Main Street facility houses a formal tasting room up front and production equipment in the back, where they now produce cans and bottles along with kegs of their most popular brews, like 8 Barrel Ale, Nor’Eastah IPA, and a dozen or two other standard and seasonal offerings. Pair them with Grazin’ Angus Farms burgers and other pub food, and enjoy trivia Thursdays and music on the weekends. 59 Main Street, Chatham

C.H. Evans Brewing Company at the Albany Pump StationAlbanyThe Evans family first made beer in 1786, and descendant Neil Evans revived the business in 1999 at the equally historic, 19th-century water pump station. They produce a wide variety of styles, including favorites like the award-winning Kick-Ass Brown, Pump Station Pale Ale, and Oatmeal Stout. A full lunch and dinner menu complements the ever-changing beer rotation.19 Quackenbush Square, Albany
Open 7 days

Clemson Bros. BreweryMiddletownLocated in the reclaimed 19th-century Clemson Brothers hacksaw factory, the Porter family opened the brewery in October 2015. They started small, but now offer 18 brews, including Lola’s Blonde Ale, Foundation APA, Lionheart Imperial IPA, Hochmeister Brown Stout/Ale blend, and Porter’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter. 22 Cottage St., Middletown

Crossroads Brewing CompanyAthens In 2009, Janine Bennett and Ken Landin moved from Queens to Athens, bought the run-down Brooks Opera House, and turned it into the Crossroads Brewing Company. Within a year, Crossroads was named the Best Craft Brewery in the Hudson Valley at the TAP New York beer and food festival, won a bronze medal for their Outrage IPA in the category for best individual craft beers in the Hudson Valley, and won the John Calen Memorial Award for the best English-style pale ale in the state, also for Outrage, a citrusy brew uniquely different than more traditionally hopped-up IPAs. 21 Second Street, Athens

Defiant Brewing Co.Pearl RiverBrilliantly located across the street from the Pearl River train station, Defiant Brewing is a good place to wait for your connection. Try a stout, such as the sweet Cream of Oat or the dry O’Defiant Irish, to wash down its smokehouse BBQ offerings of pulled pork, beef brisket, baby back ribs or smoked chicken wings.6 Dexter Plaza, Pearl River
Open 7 days

Druthers Brewing CompanyAlbany Located in the burgeoning warehouse district of downtown Albany, Druthers has become a force in the upper Hudson Valley since it opened its first location in Saratoga Springs. In fact, it announced in January that it will soon launch its third location at Mohawk Harbor near the new Rivers Casino. Master brewer George de Piro’s concoctions have won numerous beer medals. The 80 Shilling Ale won Silver at the 2016 World Beer Cup in the Scottish-style ales category. The Dare, an old German-style sour ale called Gose (pronounced go-za), took home the Gold at the 2014 World Beer Cup. 1053 Broadway, Albany
Open 7 days 

Gilded Otter Brewing Company  New PaltzThe Gilded Otter opened in 1998, and the New Paltz mainstay continues to serve good beer from brewmaster Darren Currier. His signature beverage is the Huguenot St. American Lager, a light and creamy brew that reminds some of a Pilsner. Other favorites are his Three Pines India Pale Ale and the Stone House Irish Stout, and summer brews like a Blueberry Lager and a Hefeweizen.3 Main Street, New Paltz
Open 7 days

Hudson Valley BreweryBeaconJohn-Anthony Gargiulo, formerly a camera and dolly “grip” in Hollywood, returned home to open the brewery in an abandoned 19th-century factory. Brewers and co-owners of the operation, Michael Renganeschi and Jason Synan, both previously at the Brewery at Bacchus in New Paltz, run a 30-barrel system that produces eight beers, most of them IPAs or in a sour style. These are currently available in the 60-seat tasting room. The factory’s third floor, an expansive, vaulted, brick-and-wood-beamed space, will eventually host events. 7 East Main St., Beacon

Hyde Park Brewing CompanyHyde Park“Anytime is a good time for a beer.” That’s Hyde Park Brewing’s motto, and they have been serving up an array of award-winning brews since 1995. Head brewer John Eccles has brewing in his blood: his grandfather was a Prohibition-era brewer. His beers range from the Big Easy Blonde, a light lager, to the Von Schtupp’s Black Lager, a “black as pitch” Schwarzbier. 4076 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park
Open 7 days

Industrial Arts Brewing CompanyGarnerville Jeff O’Neil won brewing awards for his concoctions at Peekskill Brewery and the Ithaca Brewing Co. before launching his own place, Industrial Arts Brewing, in the fall of 2016. Located in the historic Garnerville Arts and Industrial Center in Rockland County, the main public area features pre-Civil War brick and wood bones and a towering smokestack, combined with state of the art, German-engineered, customized brewing equipment. Brewmaster Mike McManus, who comes from the Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, makes eight different styles, including their flagship beer, an extra pale ale called Tools of the Trade, and his other primary beer, State of the Art, an ever-evolving IPA. 55 W Railroad Ave. #25, Garnerville

Keegan AlesKingston  Tommy Keegan brewed his first batch of beers in 2003. Since then, Keegan Ales has been named Best Beer in the Hudson Valley (2015, Time Herald Record), Best Brewery in New York State, and Best Craft-Brewed Beer in New York State (2009, TAP New York), while the New York Times named its Mother’s Milk one of the top 10 stouts in North America.20 St. James Street, Kingston
Open Tuesday–Sunday

Mill House Brewing CompanyPoughkeepsie Turning historic buildings into new breweries has worked well throughout the Hudson Valley, and there is no better example than Mill House Brewing Company on Poughkeepsie’s Mill Street. Daniel Crocco, Eric Baxter, and brewmasters Jaime Bishop and Larry Stock present artfully crafted brews and tasty, locally sourced dishes in the historic Mill House, formerly home to the beloved Mill House Panda Chinese restaurant. With three floors and 8,000 square feet of space, Mill House’s beer has won more than a dozen awards, including 2015 and 2016 Best of Hudson Valley readers’ picks in the Best Brewery category.  289 Mill St, Poughkeepsie

Newburgh Brewing CompanyNewburgh Newburgh Brewing has created more than 50 different styles of beer since opening in 2012, none more popular than its signature cream ale. This is an upstate specialty, and Newburgh’s version has won a 2015 GABF Silver Medal in the English-Style Summer Ale category. Other beers, crafted by Christopher Basso — who studied at the French Culinary Institute — have won awards as well. Whatever the brew, each pairs nicely with the locally sourced foods available in the taproom, which was named the 2016 best brewery tap room in New York by 88 South Colden Street, Newburgh

North River Hops and BrewingWappingers FallsLocated on Route 9 in Wappingers Falls, North River features six to 10 beers on tap, which includes flagship ales Tarwe, a hefeweizen-style, and Paddle Steamer IPA, produced by, as they admit, “Not pioneers in the brewing industry, just a small family looking to make fresh, locally brewed beer.”   1571 Route 9, Wappingers Falls

Peekskill BreweryPeekskillThe PB, as locals call it, was voted Best Brew Pub in all of New York State by the website in 2016. The pub part features beer-friendly foods like Rockland Bakery pretzels, beer-battered fried pickles, and Scotch eggs. The brew part includes a dozen or more beers on tap, like Peekskill C.R.E.A.M. and Peekskill Maltballs. (Yes, maltballs.) 47 South Water Street, Peekskill
Open 7 days

Pine Island Brewing CompanyPine IslandOpened in an old firehouse in 2015, Pine Island’s offerings include 2016 TAP NY award-winners Scottish Ale and IPA. Seasonal offerings this spring and summer might include the Pulaski Highway Session IPA or the Berliner Weiss sour beer. On weekends, food trucks, live music, and games add to the fun. 682 County Route 1, Pine Island

Rare Form Brewing CompanyTroy Kevin Mullen and his wife, Jenny Kemp, opened Rare Form Brewing to combine his interest in home brewing with hers in art. “Rare” connotes his small-batch, uniquely flavored recipes, and “form” speaks to her artwork, which adorns many of the labels and posters that decorate their downtown Troy taproom. Mullen’s five-barrel system keeps five main beers in regular rotation, including Sabbatical Session Ale, Sexy Beats IPA, and Satan’s Gut Imperial Stout — named after a Colorado River rapid that Mullen rode during his days as a whitewater rafting guide. Its “Scale Up” program allows neophyte brewers to submit recipes and brew them on Rare Form’s system. 90 Congress Street, Troy

Rushing Duck Brewing CompanyChesterRushing Duck, which opened in 2012, crafts a variety of beers. Its most recent menu featured Naysayer, a West Coast-style pale ale; Beanhead Coffee Porter, made with Guatemalan beans roasted by Java Love Coffee Roasting Co. in Kauneonga Lake; and Dad Breath, a German-style Helles Lager. IPAs and other styles flow in rotation. 1 Battiato Lane, Chester

Sloop Brewing Co.ElizavilleSelected as one of the 10 favorite nanobreweries in the nation by Bon Appétit, they also won gold for best American-Style Sour Ale at the 2016 World Beer Cup. Sloop recently moved to Vosburgh Orchards, where they installed a 30-barrel system inside an old Dutch post-and-beam barn. 1065 County Route 19, Elizaville

Suarez Family BreweryLivingston Last year was a big one for Dan Suarez and Taylor Cocalis. They had a baby, and launched a brewery. Both are hard work, and both are incredibly rewarding. The brewery, in fact, was rewarded in early 2017, being named the 10th best new brewery in the world and best new brewery in New York State by the website Dan does the brewing, while Taylor does “everything else.” He specializes in unfiltered lagers, American-style session ales, and mixed-culture farmhouse beers. Their tasting room features a wall of windows that overlook open fields and drench the industrial space in pastoral afternoon light.2278 Route 9, Livingston
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

Westtown Brew Works WesttownThis farm/brewery produces nine varieties of hops, which keep taps flowing with a rotation of eight to 10 beers. Favorites include Three Hives, a brown ale made with honey that comes from down the road, and Wit Tail, brewed with local wheat and coriander.236 Schefflers Road, Westtown
Yonkers Brewing CompanyYonkersThe brewery offers a robust lineup of styles including Vienna Lager, their flagship brew, an easy-to-drink lager, along with unique concoctions like Vanilla Stout and Shower Time Pale Ale. Have one with their brunch, dinner, or dessert treats.  92 Main Street, Yonkers
Open 7 days
More Beer:
6 Degrees of Separation35 Main St, Ossining
914.432.5969 Farms Brewery & Tasting Room236 Lower Whitfield Rd, Accord
www.arrowoodfarms.comBrewery at Bacchus Restaurant4 S Chestnut Street, New Paltz
www.bacchusnewpaltz.comThe Beer Diviner243 Bly Hollow Rd, Petersburgh
www.thebeerdiviner.comBlue Collar Brewery40 Cottage St, Poughkeepsie
www.thebluecollarbrewery.comBJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse1119 Fashion Drive, Nanuet
www.bjsrestaurants.comBull + Barrel 988 NY-22, Brewster
www.bullandbarrelbrewpub.comCatskill Brewery 672 Old Rte 17, Livingston Manor
www.catskillbrewery.comDecadent Ales 607A E Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck
www.decadentales.comDuncan’s Abbey 27 Storm St, Tarrytown
www.duncansabbey.comEquilibrium Brewery22 Henry Street, Middletown
www.eqbrew.comFrom the Ground Brewery 245 Guski Rd, Red Hook
www.fromthegroundbrewery.comGentle Giant Brewing Company7 N Main St, Pearl River
www.gentlegiantbrewing.comGlenmere Brewing Company55 Maple Ave, Florida
www.glenmerebrewingco.comThe Gluten Free Brewery15 Beekman St, Poughkeepsie
www.theglutenfreebrewery.comHammo’s Brewpub and Lodge39 County Road 65, Hensonville
www.hammosbrewpubandlodge.comHoney Hollow Brewing Company376 E Honey Hollow Rd, Earlton
Hudson Ale Works17 Milton Ave, Highland
www.hudsonaleworks.comHunter Mountain Brewery7267 St. Route 23A, Hunter
www.huntermountainbrewery.comIndian Ladder Farmstead 342 Altamont Road, Altamont
www.ilfcb.comNew Paltz Brewing Company7174 Old Rte 209, Wawarsing
www.newpaltzbrewing.comOld Klaverack Brewery150 Thielman Rd, Hudson
www.oldklaverackbrewery.comPlan Bee Farm Brewery115 Underhill Rd, Poughkeepsie
www.planbeefarmbrewery.comRip Van Winkle Brewing Co.4545 NY Route 32, Catskill
518.678.9275 Rough Cut Brewing Co.5945 Route 44 55, Kerhonkson
www.roughcutbrewing.comSmart Beer CompanySmart Beer, LLC, PO Box 430, New Paltz
www.smartbeercompany.comYard Owl Craft Brewery19 Osprey Ln, Gardiner

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