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

10 Hot Kitchen Trends

What’s hot — and what’s not — in the wonderful world of kitchen design

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Q&A With Alexander Heffner, Host of PBS’s The Open Mind

Fledgling PBS broadcaster Alexander Heffner talks about following in his late grandfather’s footsteps

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Pigs in a Blanket Recipe

How to make the frozen version taste homemade

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9 People to Watch in 2016

From spiritual leaders to film directors to small biz visionaries, you’ll want to keep your eye on these nine hotshots

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The Hudson Valley’s Endangered Dams

As hardworking as they are beautiful, dams are all around us. Get to know the wondrous waters that are right in your own backyard

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5 Affordable Kitchen Upgrades

Need a kitchen upgrade, but on a budget? Try these easy fix-ups

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A Tale of Two Kitchens

Two owners, two renovations — and two delightfully different kitchens

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Calliope Nicholas

This director attracts filmmakers to Columbia County

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3 Cold-Weather Cocktail Party Recipes

A new book offers recipes for cozy finger foods (and drinks) to warm your winter soul

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Paris Manning

Just 23 years old, this Ulster County entrepreneur operates her own cosmetics firm

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Cathy Collins

Giving a new meaning to the word “homemaker”

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Julia Indichova

A Woodstock-area author attracts an international audience with fertility workshops and teleconferences

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Bob Dandrew

A visionary nonprofit director pioneers a whole new way to farm

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Sarah Womer

This Beacon resident takes on waste over the long haul

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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

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Brent Spodek

A nontraditional rabbi gains a following in Beacon

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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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