7 Local Craft Beers You Absolutely Need to Try This Fall

The Hudson Valley is home to a host of craft breweries, and they’re on a mission to make fall the season to believe in.


Fall is that magical time of year when people break out their sweaters, the leaves change color, and beer takes a chewy, spicy turn for the dark. 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 jacket weather.



(NO) Santa NEIPA, Sloop Brewing Company

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Ok, so Sloop's new drop isn't exactly a "fall" beer. Well, it is, at least in so far as it debuts in autumn. The theme, however, is all about the holidays. Looping into the arrival of the Hudson Valley's Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center this month, the Dutchess County brewery announces a fruity brew with notes of stone fruit, golden berries, and a light green-grape finish. In other words, there's not a note of pumpkin spice in sight.



Graf, Plan Bee Farm Brewery


While this Poughkeepsie-based brewing company has so many farm-fresh offerings — Graf is the seasonal masterpiece. Released in collaboration with Red Hook's Rose Hill Farms, the brew is a 50/50 hybrid of Plan Bee's wild ale and Rose Hill's cider that's aged in wine barrels to achieve full flavor. It’s sold on tap in the tasting room and is available to take home in 750 mL containers, making it perfect for sharing around the dinner table.



Proclivity, Suarez Family Brewery


Not one to lean heavily on trends, Suarez Family Brewery continues to uphold its mom-and-pop brewery mentality with Proclivity. A welcoming country beer, it entices the taste buds with notes of pineapple and sage that play off one another surprisingly well. The brew comes in 750 mL bottles, which means it's an ideal pick to take home and impress all your dinner guests.



🍊CAN RELEASE🍊 Everything’s Coming Up NEIPA | 7% ABV The first iteration in our newest rotational series is this citrus forward haze banger with NO BOIL HOPS! Over 4 pounds per barrel in whirlpool and dry hop of Huell Melon, German Amarillo and Michigan Copper. Pilsner malt, white wheat, raw wheat, raw oats and honey malt lay the canvas for this symphony. We finished with a late fermentation addition of tangerine purée to really drive home the citrus forward flavor profile of this NEIPA. This beer also features a London Fog Ale Yeast that is geared towards New England Style IPA’s and leaves a little residual sweetness to help accentuate both malt and hop flavors and aroma, while maintaining a velvety mouthfeel. #EverythingsComingUpMillHouse

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Everything's Coming Up, Mill House Brewing Company


Getting a jump on citrus season, Mill House unveils a New England-style IPA that's the first in its series of brews made with no boil hops. Wondering how that works exactly? It's a process in which Mill House mixes dry hops of Huell Melon, German Amarillo, and Michigan Copper with a late fermentation add-on of tangerine purée to create a NEIPA that will disappear in about five seconds if you're feeling benevolent enough to bring a few cans of it to Thanksgiving.



Happy Halloween! Hope all of you are coming to our Spooktacular Shindig tonight! We'll be open 4-9 with music starting at 6. We will also be release Roi Des Peches in bottles. . . Roi des Pêches is an exercise in patience. It was conceived over three years ago with no clear objective. Instead, as it aged and matured in oak with wild yeast and bacteria, we allowed the beer to tell us where to take it. Tasting it regularly was a bit of a roller coaster. As the seasons changed, different microorganisms would take over and then yield to others. Some resulted in positive flavors...others not so much. But we waited and waited. Over 1,000 days later, we determined that the evolution was complete. Now we just needed to figure out what fruit would be the perfect compliment. It just so happened that we are located two miles from Roe’s Orchard, which happens to be one of the best in the state, and they had fresh peaches available. We used 2.5 pounds of peaches per gallon and let the beer age on the fruit for an additional 10 weeks to let it go through one last evolution. The final product is fruity, funky, tart, complex, but most importantly delicious! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. $16/500ml. Buy at Duck In, Duck Out, or online (link in bio). . . #sour #wild #peaches #roesorchard #duckin #fall #chesterny #hudsonvalley #thinknydrinkny

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Roi Des Peches, Rushing Duck Brewing Co.


Excuse us while we stock up on every single one of Rushing Duck's seasonal beers. This autumn, the Chester brewery brings its A-game with an incredible slew of fall-themed drinks. Chief on our list is this beauty of a sour ale, which took three years of development and 2.5 pounds of Roe's Ochard peaches per gallon to craft. The result, after 10 weeks of aging on the fruit, is a tart and complex beer which drinks so nicely on its own that you won't have time to think about food pairings before every last drop is gone.



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Coconut Vanilla Stout, Hudson Ale Works


You had us at coconut vanilla stout, Hudson Ale Works. A rich, flavorful stout, it's aged on roasted coconut and fresh vanilla beans to create a flavor that's part dessert, part potent brew, and 100-percent ideal for sipping on crisp fall days in the Hudson Valley. Pro tip: Order it in a flight to sample a number of the decadent beers on offer right now.



Mirrorshield, Hudson Valley Brewery


We're sorry in advance if Mirrorshield runs out before you have time to plan a visit to Hudson Valley Brewery. The seasonal brew is on the "while supplies last" rotation, which means it could disappear in the blink of an eye. One read through the flavor profile and it's easy to see why the sour IPA is such a covetable sip. Made with raw wheat, malted oat, and milk sugar, it has notes of lychee puree, chamomile, and lavender. It's hopped with Azacca and El Dorado, so expect pleasantly bitter, fruity tones with each taste.

Feel like we missed anything? We're always on the lookout for new local beer! Let us know here or drop us a line on social with your hoppy hometown favorites. 

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