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First-Ever Hudson Valley Craft Beer Fest Kicks Off in Rhinebeck

The Dutchess County Fairgrounds play host to the inaugural brew festival — alongside sister event Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest — on September 12 and 13

Photograph courtesy of Hudson Valley Craft Beer Fest

Idyllic wineries are synonymous with the Hudson Valley (just look at our recent Wine Guide for proof). And, along with an explosion of distilleries crafting small-batch spirits, the current brewery boom provides yet another reason to drink locally. Illuminating this is the inaugural Hudson Valley Craft Beer Fest, unfolding at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds on September 12 and 13.

Held in tandem with the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest, the event, presented by, showcases frothy varieties like Maple Amber from Chatham Brewing, Trout Town Rainbow Red Ale from Roscoe NY Beer Co., and Honey Blueberry from Brewster’s Bull & Barrel Brew Pub. Hyde Park Brewing Company and Yonkers Brewing Co. will also be pouring specialties.

Related: Hudson Valley Wine Fest Returns For 14th Year at Dutchess County Fairgrounds

Bronx-made beer at Gun Hill Brewing Co. offers a glimpse into New York City’s ascendant scene, while vibrant selections from Bad Seed Cider Company in Highland and Walton-based Gravity Ciders put autumn-perfect apples in the spotlight. In between all that sipping, refresh the palate with seminars, cooking demos, and live music performances.

If you go...

Hudson Valley Craft Beer Fest
When: Saturday, September 12 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, September 13 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Spring Brook Ave., Rhinebeck
Cost: $25 general admission, $45 beer tasting one-day pass, $40 wine tasting one-day pass; group rates available

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