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The local brew-lover's guide to all things hoppy, malty, and chug-worthy

New Beer Debuts in New Paltz

Historic Huguenot Street and Gilded Otter present their brand-new brew on August 29 in New Paltz

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Westtown Brew Works Celebrates Grand Opening

A recently opened Orange County brewery focuses on local ingredients

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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

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Graceland Tattoo and Mill House Brewing Company to Host Inaugural Tattoos and Brews Event

Talk about a beer pairing! There’s fun for all when these two businesses come together

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Like Orange Creamsicles? You’ll Love These Brews

Some of your favorite seasonal flavors — think orange creamsicles — are now showing up in local beers

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Straight Up New York Craft Spirits Festival Makes Debut in Warwick

The inaugural fest celebrates the Hudson Valley’s budding distilleries

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5 Craft Breweries Near You That Offer Sour Beer

Pucker up — sour is the sweetest new trend in craft beer

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Two Beer Festivals You Can’t Miss This Month

Check out a pair of beer-inspired events

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Beer and... Cocoa Puffs? Local Breweries Get Crafty at TAP NY Beer Fest

Diverse and innovative brews — including sour ales and beer aged with breakfast cereals — packed the biggest punch at the 2015 TAP New York Craft Beer Festival at Hunter Mountain

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Sneak Preview: TAP New York Craft Beer Festival

Hudson Valley-based breweries — both new and established — are the highlight of Hunter Mountain’s annual beer and food festival

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2015 Shakesbeer Festival Contest Winners Announced!

We name not one but TWO winners in our annual Shakesbeer Festival rhyming couplet contest

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Meet “Mr. Anderson” Ale

Mill House Brewing Company has teamed up with the Anderson Center for Autism to create a new beer

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Newburgh Brewing Company’s Cream Ale Wins CNBC.com’s “Most Loved Beer Label” Competition

A local brewery vies to win an online competition for best beer label

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Win Tickets to the Hudson Valley Shakesbeer Festival!

The Taming of the Brew: Read up on the second annual Bard-and-beer fest, and submit your best rhyming couplet for a chance to win free passes

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Where to Find Maple Beer In the Hudson Valley

Maple is the new pumpkin — and it’s coming for your craft beer

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Barley’s Angels, Network of Lady Beer Lovers, Sets First Meetup Date

The ladies-only international craft beer network hosts its inaugural event in Poughkeepsie

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The local brew-lover's guide to all things hoppy, malty, and chug-worthy

About This Blog

Welcome to The First Draft — a column devoted exclusively to all things beer. Yes, that’s right, from taste-tests to profiles of brewers (and homebrewers) to expert advice (hello, Craft Beer 101), we’re going county to county, city to small town to uncover all the sudsy stuff you need to know. Heck, we’ll even let you know which brewery has the coolest looking T-shirt in town. You can expect reviews, food and beer pairings, roundups, trends, expert advice, homebrewing, profiles, big beer events, best nights out.

To make sure we don’t miss a thing, we’ll also have updated information, breaking news, fabulous photos, and special guest bloggers. Cheers!

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