Summer Brews: Craft Beverages in the Hudson ValleyStaff | April 15, 2016 | Comment
Here are the six beverages to put on this summer’s bucket list.
Newburgh Cream Ale
Newburgh Brewing Company’s Cream Ale is a far cry from the off-brand tallboys of your youth. It drinks how an American pale ought to drink, with flavor and some body, but light and crisp enough to be refreshing. At only 4.2% abv you don’t need to feel guilty about having another one. newburghbrewing.com
At a sessionable 4.5% abv, Peekskill Brewery’s Sour is the perfect sour beer for those of us on the fence about the style. Crisp and clean, it finishes with a mild, refreshing tartness, perfect for a hot day. Visit them at the restaurant and tasting room, just a short walk from the Metro-North train stop in Peekskill. peekskillbrewery.com
Bacchus in New Paltz has been a beer-drinking destination for over 30 years, so when it started brewing its own in 2013, it became the one to watch. Increasingly renowned for pushing the envelope, Bacchus is making beers unlike any you’ve had before. Try the Et Cetera, a dry-hopped farmhouse ale with a tart kick and a generous helping of citrus. It’s best enjoyed on their outdoor patio on a sunny summer day. bacchusnewpaltz.com
Co-founder Nikki Cavanaugh calls Rushing Duck “a small, family owned company just trying to make really good beer.” By all accounts, they’re succeeding. Try the Baby Elephant, a tamer, more accessible version of the War Elephant double-IPA designed for session drinking and sunshine. Cavanaugh says “it’s great for sitting outside and drinking by the pool.” What could be better? rushingduck.com
Man cannot live on light ales alone, and when you’re ready for something heavier, Chatham Brewery has got you covered. The Farmer’s Daughter is a sumptuous depth-charge of rye balanced by just the right amount of hoppy bitterness. Made with rye grown on the close by Hillrock Distillery estate, Farmer’s Daughter is about as local as it gets. chathambrewing.com
Featured local breweries, wineries, and distilleries
1857 Barber’s Farm Distillery: Barber’s Farm Distillery produces expectational vodka with ingredients not available to any other distillery, with potatoes grown right on the farm and water from their own onsite spring to create a vodka of singular quality. 3617 NY-30 Middleburgh. 1857Spirits.com / (518) 898-8540
Whitecliff Vineyard: One of the biggest vineyards in the Hudson Valley, with a huge selection of wine and an amazing view. 331 Mckinstry Rd Gardiner. Whitecliffwine.com / (845) 255-4613.
El Paso Winery: Only 90 minutes from New York City with free tastings. 742 Broadway Route 9W Ulster Park. elpasowinery.com / (845) 331-8642
Tuthilltown Distillery & Tuthill House: New York’s first whiskey distillery since prohibition. Offering tours, tastings, and scenic riverside dining served in a historic 1788 grist mill. The menu is inspired by American country cooking, featuring fresh, artisan products and ingredients of the Hudson Valley. 14 Gristmill Lane Gardiner. tuthilltown.com / (845) 255-1527