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  |   September 1, 2020  |  Comment

Pictured above: Arrowood Farm Brewery, Accord.

While the term “farm brewery” conjures bucolic images of picnic tables amidst chicken yards, hop yards, and barns with a backdrop of rolling hills, the actual New York State term denotes a license type that requires brewers to use a certain percentage of New York State-grown ingredients. But back to that pastoral vision, we’ve rounded up seven farm breweries in the Hudson Valley that are located on working farms and use produce grown onsite, from hot peppers to plums to rye, in their beers. 

Arrowood Farm Brewery, Accord 

Located on 48 pastoral acres in Accord, Arrowood collaborates with neighboring farms  to source fruit, grain, and botanicals from within 100 miles. At the farm, laze in a hammock while you sip a beer or play a round of cornhole. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of the sheep wandering through the hopyard.

Gardiner Brewing Company, Gardiner

Located on Wright’s Family Farm, Gardiner Brewing Company opened its doors in fall 2018. Set on 453 acres, the fifth-generation family farm produces apples, stone fruit, and berries, many of which make their way into the brewery’s seasonal beers. Sit on the flagstone patio, take in the sunset over the Shawangunk Ridge, and stay late for live music.

West Kill Brewing, West Kill

Located on a historic dairy farm in the Catskills, West Kill Brewing uses hyper-locally grown and foraged ingredients and crystal-clear mountain spring water to make beers that capture the terroir. Sit outside by the fire pit and enjoy views of the Catskills with your beer before you head to the nearby Spruceton Road trailhead for a hike.

From the Ground Brewery, Red Hook

Two-year-old From the Ground Brewery, on Migliorelli Farm outside the Village of Red Hook, grows much of the barley for its beer onsite and sources all of its hops from New York State. Stroll the scenic property, with its pond and rolling hills, before buying a selection of their three year-round beers or limited-edition bottles with pastoral watercolor logos.

Obercreek Brewing Company,
Wappinger Falls

With 14 acres, you’ll have plenty of space to spread out at this organic-certified produce and herb farm. Three-year-old Obercreek Brewing uses ingredients from its own farm and other New York State producers to create a wide range of IPAs, farmhouse ales, and other styles. Obercreek currently has four beers on tap.

Plan Bee Farm Brewery, Poughkeepsie

This bucolic brewery, sited on a 25-acre working farm outside Poughkeepsie, specializes in barrel-aged and wild-fermented brews made with yeast cultivated from the beehives. The seasonal selections feature farm-fresh ingredients like the Nasturtium, a zingy ale with the distinctive peppery flavor of the namesake flower petals. Wander the property, order from the rotating food trucks, and spread out a blanket on the lawn.

Old Klaverack Brewery, Hudson

Leave the beaten path and head to Old Klaverack in Hudson, which features a quarter-acre hop yard of climbing green, cornhole, live music, and picnic tables. This two-barrel nano brewery produces a range of small-batch beers, including a cream ale, a stout, IPAs, seasonal specialties, and limited releases.

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