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Beer gardens abound

Where to Watch the World Cup Final

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Bring on the beer: The waterside eatery famous for its tasty barbecue announces new craft beer menu with its beer garden debut

Two Beer Festivals We’re Excited About in June 2014

This month’s Beer, Bourbon, and Bacon Festival and the Lower Hudson Valley Craft Beer Festival pair beer with plenty of other goodies

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The Capital Region’s Shmaltz Brewing Company churns out one-of-a-kind brews

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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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