Tap This: Something is brewing in Hudson Valley, and it’s crafty goodness
We are blessed here in NEPA with a variety of great breweries in our backyard. We are also favored with a lot of great breweries within a one or two-hour drive, and one of these locations, Hudson Valley, N.Y. is a veritable boom-town of great breweries.
The Hudson Valley has been a secondary beer home for me for a number of years, and this has long been my somewhat secret getaway. This makes it moderately difficult to disclose this information out of fear that the “secret” will be out and more will flock to the area, but good beer is best when shared!
The Hudson Valley region has slowly moved its way up in the beer world over the past few years with great beers and great breweries. The area continues to grow with great locations opening regularly. The breweries are between one and two hours in distance from our area and make for a perfect day trip Just be sure to bring along your growlers as there is a lot of beer that you will want to bring back home.
So what are the “hot spot” breweries to visit while in the area? Here is a short list of some of the true highlight breweries that are must visits:
Hudson Valley Brewery: Located in Beacon,this is one of the newer breweries in the region with a taproom that has only been open for about two months. The location is perfect with an outdoor area that is great for the approaching warmer weather. The beers are truly incredible and feature delicious hop forward IPAs as well as some of the best sour beers you will ever taste. The brewers have a finesse that provides delicate flavors and perfect balance to shine through and drinkability that is off the charts. One must-try beer is their 4% ABV session IPA, Pillow Hat, a hop filled beer with a light hazy body that is a must for the summer. The brewery has slightly limited hours and is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday every week.
Rushing Duck Brewing Company: Chester houses this fantastic brewery with a small taproom that allows for great conversations over world class beers. Rushing Duck has steadily grown over the years and now offers can releases of some of their best beers such as War Elephant DIPA, Imperial Beanhead coffee porter, and Divided By Zero, their rotating hop IPA series. The releases change monthly which offers great variety. They also have an incredible barrel aging program which showcases the talents of the brewing team. Their Baby Elephant IPA is a personal favorite that is 4.4% ABV with a crisp hop bite. They are open Wednesday through Sunday, but be warned: this may become your new favorite brewery.
Equilibrium Brewery: This Middletown brewery has quickly become a darling among IPA lovers. They have a great take on hazy IPAs that are juicy, refreshing, and a hop lovers dream. They opened their doors only a few weeks ago for visitors but have hit the ground running. The location features a dine-in restaurant as well as a tap room for sampling beers and growler fills. They fill up fast, so be ready to wait for some great beers, especially on weekends. Mc² is an 8% ABV DIPA that pours a very hazy tangerine hue with huge tropical fruit aromas and taste that make for a juicy IPA experience that will make any trip to New England seem pointless. The brewery is open every day for visits, so there’s no excuse to not make the trip.
While in the area, stopping at local spots for food is also required, and Eddie’s Roadhouse is by far one of the best! Not only do they have some genuinely world class burgers, they also have a tap-list that would make any craft beer lover beyond excited. Beers from breweries such as Hill Farmstead, Grimm and Other Half are often available on draft.
While NEPA is a great spot for craft beer lovers, it is even more wonderful to have so many great selections within decent driving distance that make for a great day trip with friends and loved ones. There are also more great breweries in the Hudson Valley region, and with the warmer weather approaching it is the perfect time to get out of the house and make the trip!
Derek Warren is a beer fanatic, avid homebrewer and beer historian. Derek can be heard weekly on the Beer Geeks Radio Hour at noon on Sundays on WILK 103.1 FM with past episodes available on iTunes.