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Build Your Own Custom Beer at Pine Island Brewing Company’s Kraftify

Your dreams have finally come true! A Pine Island brewer lets patrons create their very own bottle of beer

8 Holiday Beers To Sip This Season

Spreading the beer: craft brewers toast the holidays with heartier brews

Rare Form Brewing Company Mixes Beer and Art

A husband-and-wife duo combine their passions to launch a creative collaboration in Troy

Angry Orchard Apple Cider Headquarters (Finally!) Opens in Walden

Cheers, Hudson Valley! The much-anticipated grand opening of Angry Orchard has arrived

From the Ground: Red Hook’s Newest Nanobrewery

A new nano brewery embraces the Valley’s bounty to create small-batch quality beers

Angry Orchard to Open Cidery at Revived Orchard in Walden

There’s a new (angry) orchard in town

First Annual Hudson Valley Craft Beer Week Begins

From September 11-20, beer-lovers and brewmasters celebrate the region’s blossoming craft beer scene with festivals, dinners, pub crawls, and more

New Beer Debuts in New Paltz

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

Westtown Brew Works Celebrates Grand Opening

A recently opened Orange County brewery focuses on local ingredients

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

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

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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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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