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The Hudson Valley is a craft beer wonderland that’s only getting better as newcomer breweries enter the fold.
Family-owned and women-led, Black Snake Brewing sits on the rolling grounds of Old Adriance Farm, a longtime destination for weddings, pumpkins, and holiday wreaths. The addition of a single-barrel brew system allows the Black Snake team to produce a small but varied list of traditional beer styles, including the popular Creek Road Cream Ale. With 136 beautiful acres, the farm also grows its own hop varietals, including Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, and more.
One of the Hudson Valley’s newest breweries is also one of its most scenic. Located inside a 100-year-old building in the Valley’s Black Dirt Region, The Drowned Lands specializes in experimental IPAs, delicate table beers, and mixed-fermentation ales that capture their terroir. As a bonus, the brewery features one of Upstate New York’s most picturesque taprooms, using glass, wood, dark metal, and concrete to showcase the natural beauty of the surrounding land.
For the past five years, the secret to creating a hyped brewery has laid in a brewer’s ability to make one of three styles: juicy IPAs, fruited sours, or decadent stouts. Fidens doesn’t just nail one style, but all three. One of the few breweries in the country that still sees fans regularly lining up outside for can releases, like its Super Heavy Cut triple IPA and hazy Socratic Questioning #16. Demand is so high that customers are limited to a dozen cans or less per person.
Featuring craft soda, New York State wines, and house-brewed beers, Old Factory offers something for everyone. Once a bottling plant, Tim Cornelison and his father (also Tim) acquired the decrepit property in 2015, which they spent years transforming into a brewery and taproom. Relax on the front porch with good company and a pint of Hogan’s Alley red ale.
Like many Hudson Valley breweries, Roe Jan is a nod to history. Its seven-barrel brewing system and taproom are housed in a nearly 200-year-old building that has been a bottling plant, farm and feed supply store, and multiple general stores. Today, the brewery produces multiple balanced styles, from IPAs to lagers, and has a food program born from the mind of Executive Chef Charles Kiely, previously owner of The Grocery in Brooklyn.
Named for the building which houses the brewery’s stainless-steel tanks, Tin Barn offers a fun, family-friendly environment, with beer for adults and pizza and music for everyone else. (Even dogs are welcome, though they need to stay on a leash.) Try Juice Impact, a hazy, hoppy triple IPA, or Cranberry Bog, a tart sour ale with a beautiful pink hue.
Like The Drowned Lands, the brewing talent behind Two Villains came from Brix City, which produces some of the best beer in New Jersey. But the Two Villains crew quickly established themselves as talents in their own right, producing a hazy, double dry hopped New England IPA as their flagship. The beer — A Monument To All Your Sins — perfectly encapsulates the Two Villains experience: bold, fun, and unquestionably delicious.
Named for the Greek god of thunder, Zeus Brewing electrified the already-robust town of Poughkeepsie with its modern craft beers, hand-tossed pizzas, and rooftop with sweeping views of the Hudson Valley. Head Brewer Amit Ram, who previously worked at Peekskill Brewery and Newburgh Brewing Company, makes highly drinkable IPAs, sours, and stouts that perfectly complement the lighter fare put out by the Zeus kitchen.