After a few days of relaxing on the grounds of Mount Merino Manor and taking in the great outdoors, we suggest you spend a few days taking in the tastes of the Hudson Valley.
From restaurants and wineries to pubs and breweries, the choices are endless. To save time when making plans, we’ve narrowed down a few Hudson Valley breweries you should know about.
Cave Mountain Brewing Company
Voted “Best Burger in the Hudson Valley” in 2011 by Hudson Valley Magazine, Cave Mountain Brewing Company and Restaurant is about much more than good food. This microbrewery in the heart of the Catskills offers its own selection of beers, craft-brewed on site. For example, Cave Mountain’s current selection features Hefeweizen, Belgian White, Sweet Oatmeal Stout, American I.P.A., West Coast Red, and Blueberry Wheat, along with seasonal specialties. They’re located at 5359 Route 23 in Windham, New York.
Newburgh Brewing Company
People have been brewing beer in Newburgh since before America was America. That’s a tradition Newburgh Brewing Company is proud to be a part of. Found at 88 South Colden Street in Newburgh, New York, Newburgh features at least 11 brews on tap. Here’s a list of bars and restaurants that have carried Newburgh since June 1, 2013. They hope to be selling online soon as well.
Brewed and bottled right in the Hudson Valley, the beer at Keegan Ales is rich in flavor and heritage. It was founded in 2003, brewing its first batch of beers on Aug. 1. They set out hand-selling beer to local restaurants and bars, but by the summer of 2004, their beer was available in 12 ounce bottles. Keegan Ales has gone on to receive many more awards, including Best Brewery in the Hudson Valley and Best Brewery in New York State in 2009. Visit the brewery at 20 Saint James Street in Kingston, New York.
Rushing Duck Brewing Company
The philosophy behind Rushing Duck is to be constantly forward thinking and innovative. They promise to never compromise or cut corners. Rushing Duck Brewing Company is located at 1 Battiato Lane in Chester, New York. Its tasting room is open on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and from 12 to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Captain Lawrence Brewing Company
About five beers are brewed year-round at what is billed as “Westchester’s only craft brewery.” As for the beer, the “Freshchester” Pale Ale has a clean bitterness with a woodsy aroma. The Sun Block Wheat Beer is a Belgian-style wheat that tastes like cream soda, and the Captains Reserve Imperial I.P.A. is hoppy with a citrus taste. Captain Lawrence Brewing is housed at 444 Saw Mill River Road in Elmsford, New York.
The Peekskill Brewery
This is a brewpub that showcases artisanal craft beer and carefully chosen guest draughts. But the food is great too, made with fresh, local ingredients! Try this brewpub in its new location on the Riverfront in Peekskill, New York.
Hyde Park Brewing Company
Hyde Park Brewing Company in Hyde Park, New York, brews Belgian Ales, Lagers and Wheats. With eight beers to taste on tap, you can enjoy happy hour and live music or let it play host to your special event. Established in 1995, Hyde Park Brewing Co. has been brewing ever since.
Gilded Otter Brewing Company
In New Paltz, you’ll find a laid-back, funky college town and a hometown brewery with a vast menu. Try the Rail Trail Pale Ale, which has a zesty citrus flavor and mild bitterness, and the Otter’s spent grain brewery pizza.
While you’re busy planning your brew tour, don’t forget to secure your room at Mount Merino Manor, a luxury bed and breakfast in a private, country setting. Click here to view our rooms and rates.
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