Follow the Hudson River two and a half hours north of the country’s most well-known metropolis and you’ll find nestled between the mountains the Hudson Valley of upstate New York. Food and drink tourism abound with local wineries, farmer’s markets ripe with homemade goods, and chic local restaurants and eateries. You’ll also find some of the best craft beer breweries the northeast has to offer. With over 65 craft breweries located in the region where do you even start to get a sip of these tasty suds? We’ve done the hard work of taste testing some of the breweries that call the Hudson Valley home and offer you our top four picks.
Chatham Brewing is located on the quaint main street of Chatham, NY. They offer a menu full of your beer friendly favorites from wings and nachos to burgers and beer battered fish and chips. If you aren’t craving a meal to accompany your beverage of choice you can sip in contentment to the sounds of local bands or the shouts and raucous laughter of a weekly trivia night. Chatham Brewing has a wide variety of light and dark beers to choose from that will suit any palette.
59 Main St., Chatham, NY
Hudson Valley Brewery
Hop Culture Magazine’s Best New Brewery of 2017 is bound to catch your attention when you visit the Hudson Valley. Located in Beacon, NY in a white cinder block warehouse, the Hudson Valley Brewery boasts being a part of the Beacon Free Loop shuttle that can bring you straight from the Metro North train station to the brewery (and back again!) for free. Best known for their sour beer and IPAs, the Hudson Valley Brewery offers a variety of canned selections you can take home with you after you’re done sampling what they offer on tap. A rotating kitchen menu and pop-up food trucks keeps the variety in food fare so that your taste buds are never bored.
2 Churchill St., Beacon, NY
Blue Collar Brewery
Opening in late 2013 after decades of homebrewing beer, the Blue Collar Brewery pays homage to the hard workers of their historic factory location in Poughkeepsie, NY. Three core styles of beer, light, pale, and dark, make up an ever-changing menu of delicious brews to enjoy. The best part? If you can’t make up your mind on what to try, ask for the sampler. The sampler will offer you five 5-oz samples of their home crafted beers for only $12. You’ll find your favorite bar staples on the menu to enjoy as well if hunger strikes while watching the game!
2 Way Brewing Company
Looking for a night out with friends where you can enjoy craft beers and a ton of fun? Look no further than 2 Way Brewing Company, another favorite craft beer bar located in Beacon, NY. Game night, trivia night, and even sip ‘n paints can all be found alongside delicious micro craft brews. Make sure you bring your appetite as well as Round Up Texas BBQ provides a full menu of sweet, smoky, and spicy BBQ options to fill your belly. If you are new to the world of craft beers try the Revolution Red, a crowd favorite and one of the first recipes that 2 Way Brewing made.
18 West Main St., Beacon, NY
Have you visited a brewery in the Hudson Valley that wasn’t on our list? Leave a comment below and let us know where you go to get the finest in craft beer!