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

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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Big Brew NY Festival Is Back!

The Big Brew NY Festival returns to Westchester County Center for its third edition, showcasing more than 250 different types of beer

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The 3 Best Craft Beers For Your Favorite Super Bowl Party Snacks

Score a touchdown at your Super Bowl bash by pairing local beers with these classic snacks

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The Year In Beer: 8 Epic Brew Moments in 2014

The local brewing scene has been hopping (pun intended) all throughout 2014. Here are our favorite moments

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Blue Collar Brewery Opens in Poughkeepsie

Poughkeepsie’s newest brewpub works hard (so we don’t have to)

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Canned Beer Makes a Comeback

Newburgh Cream Ale goes mobile

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Pumpkin Beer Is Here!

Local breweries get in on the pumpkin beer craze

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Event Spotlight: Craft Beer Festivals and a Chili Cook-Off Hit Mamaroneck and Bethel

Harbor Island Park hosts its first beer extravaganza, while Bethel Woods celebrates its second annual Craft Beer Festival and Chili Cook-Off

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New Riverkeeper Beer to Debut at Hudson Hop and Harvest Festival

Sip the Valley’s newest craft beer for a good cause

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Can't-Miss Event This Weekend: Hudson Valley Hoptember HarvestFest

Hop to it: Dutchess Hops hosts its second annual Hoptember HarvestFest on Saturday, September 13

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Toast to Albany’s Beer History With a Book Launch and Beer Tastings

Sample local brews and rub elbows with the authors of a book about Albany’s rich beer history

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5 Steps to Become a Homebrewing Master

Beacon Homebrew’s Derek Dellinger shares his homebrewing tips, plus ingredients for the perfect Belgian Blonde Ale

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Hudson Valley Homebrewing Is Hoppin’

Local vendors are supplying the growing ranks of homebrewers with everything they need to craft their own beer

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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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