Get Your Beer Here
Hudson Valley Brewers fill our cups with some of the freshest, tastiest beers in the country — bar none
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C.H. Evans Brewing Company at the Albany Pump Station
19 Quackenbush Square, Albany
“The Pump Station,” as it’s often referred to, can best be described as “casually dramatic,” says owner Neil Evans, noting the 40-foot tall ceilings in the two historic buildings that now comprise the pub. It’s a great place to carry on a conversation and have award-winning beer: their Kick-Ass Brown ale, a hoppy, American-style ale, has won gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival three times. Another favorite, the Bavarian hefeweisen, is brewed with yeast that’s been salvaged over the years from an old German pub. Their diverse menu ranges from quality steaks to comfort food, but for a complete German meal, try the hefeweisen with their wurst platter or the classic fish and chips.
— Benjamin Franklin
Photograph courtesy of Brown’s Brewing Company
Brown’s Brewing Co.
417 River St., Troy
Having a comfortable place to drink good beer is important to Garry and Kelly Brown of Brown’s Brewing Company. Even their meals can be described as comfort food, according to Kelly, and they usually incorporate their brews right into their recipes. The crowd-pleasing barbecued pulled pork with homemade ale sauce pairs well with Brown’s rich Cherry Raspberry Ale. The brew is made with over 400 pounds of cherries and raspberries, providing sweet undertones — and a tad higher alcohol content. The casual brewpub caters to all types of patrons, and as Kelly puts it, “even if you’re out mowing the lawn and need a cold beer — hop in the car as you are, and meet us.”
Skytop Steakhouse and Brewing Co.
237 Forest Hills Dr., Kingston
The warm, lodge-like feel of this brewpub and steakhouse attracts visitors from all over the region, especially skiers checking out the local scene. The spicy Cajun-rubbed ribeye steak might warm them right up, especially when washed down the popular Winkle Lager — a light colored, medium-bodied pilsner with a hoppy bite. Those who can’t decide which pint to draw of the six beers on tap can try the sampler — four ounces of each brew — and after discovering their favorite, order a two-liter growler to go.
Hyde Park Brewing Co.
4076 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park
For a light beer in a lighthearted environment, Hyde Park Brewing Company’s Big Easy Blonde is a Munich-style lager with a refreshing feel; it goes well with the blackened salmon chopped salad. Named after an old Hudson River steamboat, the Mary P’s Porter is a favorite among brew enthusiasts who like a darker, more robust beer. Menu options for those who pack a heartier appetite include two-pound burgers with homemade bread, and boneless braised short ribs. Trivia and open-mic nights keep customers entertained, and the eight TVs at the bar ensure sports fans don’t miss a game.
3 Main St., New Paltz
Situated on Main Street in this bustling college town, this brewpub tends to attract more professors than students; outdoor enthusiasts trekking back into civilization from a day in the Shawangunks Mountains make up an even larger portion of the clientele. Top pints poured include the Stone House Imperial Stout — full-bodied, with sweet notes of coffee and chocolate, and a high alcohol percentage (after climbing a mountain, you don’t order a wimpy beer). It’s a fine complement to the popular three-meat chili. Indoor dining provides views of the brewing equipment, but for those who can’t get enough of the great outdoors, their dining room extends to a deck overlooking the Wallkill River.
— Friar Tuck
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Cave Mountain Brewing Co.
5359 Rt. 23/Main St., Windham
In a town mostly known as a playground for winter sports lovers, Cave Mountain caters to both locals and weekend warriors. With plenty of brews to choose from, the Centennial IPA — a crisp, somewhat bitter pale ale using both English and German malts — is a favorite among “hopheads,” according to manager Tim Adams, and pairs well with bold-flavored foods. Most of their dishes — which include steaks, ribs, and wraps — are considered “upscale pub fare,” says Adams. But weekday specials highlight more typical pub grub, such as $1 tacos on Mondays and $5 wings on Tuesdays.
20 Saint James St., Kingston
“Casual is almost an understatement” at Keegan Ales, according to brew master Tommy Keegan, pointing out that peanut shells clutter the dining room floor under picnic tables and benches. Their mix of simple pub fare — wraps, steak sandwiches, hot soups, and salads — and award-winning beers draws in quite the diverse crowd. (“You’ll see motorcycle guys with big purple mohawks and safety pins in their noses talking happily with guys in three-piece suits,” Keegan says.) Popular pints include Mother’s Milk, a light, sweet stout composed of milk and oatmeal with hints of coffee and chocolate; and Old Capital, a crisp, refreshing golden ale named after the brewery’s hometown of Kingston, which was once the capital of New York State.
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Defiant Brewing Co.
6 Dexter Plaza, Pearl River
After experiencing the comfortable, meeting-place feel of pubs in England and Ireland, Defiant owner and brew master Neill Acer was inspired to capture that same sense of camaraderie at his own brewpub, according to his wife Amy Acer. They even serve an ale named after Pearl River’s original moniker, Muddy Creek (the name was changed after mussels with pearls were found in the creek). The malty, sweet amber lager has subtle notes of caramel and a dry, hoppy finish. If you enjoy barbecue with your brew, smoked, slow-cooked pulled pork, brisket, and ribs are available with a variety of sides. Although the crowds vary, you’ll generally find “people who love a good craft beer,” says Amy.